Toon Disney-Jetix is going after some of the world’s scariest creatures with the acquisition of Monster Buster Club, the first CG-animated series from France’s Marathon. The 52-episode pick up will mark the U.S. debut of the French-Canadian co-production, which already airs in parts of Europe and Canada. Co-producing with Marathon Media are TF1, Jetix Europe and Canada’s YTV, working with with a budget of about $21 million.
Monster Buster Club is a comedy-action show that follows the adventures of a top-secret group of four children who have inside information on an alien invasion threatening their hometown. Using a network of secret tunnels running through the town, the heroes conduct undercover alien investigations to seek out the eccentric-looking bad guys and foil their alien tricks.
According to Marathon, the series is already the third best-performing show among kids 4-10 in France, topping Ben 10 and Scooby doo. It has already been sold to Super RTL in Germany, RTVE in Spain, RTV in Slovenia, RTE in Ireland and LNK in Lithuania, as well as Denmark’s TV in Europe, Radio Canada and the Arabic network MBC. Marathon is also in negotiations with other broadcasters in around the globe.
Following on the heels of Totally Spies!, Team Galaxy and Martin Mystery, Monster Buster Club will be Marathon Media’s fourth show to air in the U.S. Other popular series handled by the group include Dolmen, Atomic Betty, Marsupilami, Street Football, Saint-Tropez, Fort Boyard, The Dominici Case and And Man invented Animals.