Technicolor and Canada’s Mercury Filmworks are partnering with Gaumont Animation to co-develop and co-produce the animated comedy television series, Atomic Puppet, which will air on Disney XD in France, the U.S. and on various other Disney XD channels around the world. In Canada, the series will air on TELETOON Canada.
“It has been tremendous fun developing this show with Mercury; and it’s exciting to now have Gaumont Animation joining the creative team,” said Steven Wendland, Vice President, Technicolor. “The humorous stories that underscore adventure and fun will be relatable to kids throughout the globe and we’re excited to be working with Disney XD and TELETOON.”
In Atomic Puppet, Model City’s fearless superhero Captain Atomic is transformed into a lively, but powerless puppet by his sidekick Nuclear Boy (“Nukey”). The only way Captain Atomic can save Model City from Nukey and a host of other villains targeting the city is by teaming up with his biggest fan, 12-year-old Joey Felt, who literally holds the power in his hand to reactivate Captain Atomic’s superpowers.
“The addition of Gaumont Animation as a co-producer and the caliber of broadcasters supporting the series are very satisfying validations of the time and creative energy Mercury and Technicolor have invested in Atomic Puppet,” said Clint Eland, president and exec producer of Mercury Filmworks.
Atomic Puppet was created by animated television writer Mark Drop (Johnny Test, Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and writer/creator Jerry Leibowitz (The Mouse and the Monster). In Canada, the series is being developed by John Derevlany (LEGO’s Legends of Chima) and Brad Birch (Johnny Test), and overseen by Mercury Filmworks’ director of development Travis Williams (Total Drama Island). In France, Technicolor will work with Thierry Rivard to lead the co-production on behalf of Technicolor; and development in France is led by Paris-based Heath Kenny, creative director for Gaumont Animation.