Wimze Studios, a new 3D animation company founded by award-winning Brazilian animator Cleber Redondo, is set to explode onto the scene with The Firecrackers this December. The 26-episode, high-definition animated children’s series is under negotiations for both television and home video distribution in English, Portuguese and Spanish versions.
Originally developed by Redondo as a syndicated comic strip that ran for five years in Sunday newspapers across Latin America, The Firecrackers features a gang of culturally diverse neighborhood kids who attract a volatile mix of fun and adventure wherever they go. The series is written by Jeffrey Scott, who has penned more than 600 animated TV scripts, including episodes of Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Spider-Man, Dungeons & Dragons, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tales, Winnie The Pooh, Dragon Tales and Mr. Baby. He also wrote the first stereoscopic 3D-animated feature, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin.
Redondo is best known for producing the highly acclaimed animated series The Story Teller Cafe for CBN. The show, which chronicles the exploits of such Biblical heroes as Jonah and David, earned 2000, 2001 and 2003 Telly Awards for Best Children’s TV Program, the 2000 Axiem Award for Best Children’s Animation and the 2000 Omni Intermedia Award for Best Animation. After airing as cable television specials, the programs went on to become best sellers in the home-video market.
A former animation director for 20th Century Fox Television, Redondo also created the character animation for the Gameboy Advanced video game Atlantis: The Lost Empire from 3D6 Games, and developed a 3D pilot and promos for a German kids’ golf show titled Timber Tee World.
The Firecrackers is animated using a combination of Alias Maya and the studio’s proprietary animation and rendering software running on SGI and BOXX Technologies workstations.
Wimze is also developing its second original series, Dinomites, a preschool show about a cartoon-style family of dinosaurs. For more information on the studio, go to www.wimze.com.