French animation powerhouse Xilam has announced that it will take a new animated series featuring the Dalton brothers (comic book characters created by Morris and Rene Goscinny) to MIPCOM this fall. The traditionally animated (78 x 7) The Daltons follows the adventures of the good-for-nothing brothers, which were first introduced in the Lucky Luke books, who are back behind bars, still trying to escape and still causing trouble every step of the way. The series has already been picked up by France 3 and Canal + in France and will premiere in the country in the fall of 2010.
At MIPCOM, Xilam will unveil three episodes to buyers and aims to lock down further broadcast deals. ‘The Daltons is a slick new family comedy, which brings a fresh look and burlesque style to the famous Morris characters,’ says Xilam president and producer of the series Marc du Pontavice. ‘We’re excited to be screening the first three episodes to buyers at MIPCOM.’
In the series, the infamous Dalton brothers Jack, Joe, Averell and William joined by Miss Betty, the prison educator; Melvin Peabody the business-like prison warden; Rintindumb the dog, doting Ma Dalton and the squabbling prison wardens.
Written by Olivier Jean-Marie and Jean-Francois Henry, the series which will be available in HD, is directed by Charles Vaucelle and produced by Marc du Pontavice.
Also on Xilam’s MIPCOM slate are the classic comedy Rintindumb (75 x 1 min 30 seconds), the famous slapstick comedy Oggy and the Cockroaches (200 episodes or 65 x half hours), the animated sitcom Mr. Baby (48 x 4 minutes) and the epic comedy adventure series Rahan (26 x 26′).