France’s TF1 Production has announced it will begin production on its first animated TV series, with Cyber Group Studios serving as executive coproducer and handling worldwide distribution. The new series called Mini Ninjas is based on the hit online/offline videogame from Square Enix of the same name and is being produced for TF1’s kids programming block TFOU.
Mini Ninjas will be 2D HD animated 52 x 12 action-comedy targeting kids 6 to 10. The series follows the adventures of a new generation of cool and lovable ninja characters, trained by their Ninja Master, who fight to liberate innocent animals transformed into fearsome samurais by the wizard warlord Ashida.
“It is a challenge and a pleasure to be handling such a terrific brand for TF1 Group. Three companies will be involved: TF1 Production as the main producer, TF1 as the broadcaster in France and TF1 Licenses, as the worldwide merchandise licensing agent” says Céline Roux, Director at TF1 Production, while Producer Giovanna Milano adds: “Mini Ninjas is that kind of rare concept which appeals to both commercial and public channels, like TF1 and RAI. The Italian pubcaster is also already committed and major creative talents are on board to deliver great storytelling and visuals to the international market.”