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‘The Borrowers’ Tops Cartoon Forum ‘18 Pitch List (Producer Q&A)

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‘The Borrowers’ Tops Cartoon Forum ‘18 Pitch List (Producer Q&A)

The 2018 Cartoon Forum television animation pitching and co-production event has wrapped up in Toulouse, France, giving the world a taste of what enticing European toon projects will be tempting viewers in the years to come. This year’s edition saw 83 distinct titles vie for the attention of potential partners in colorful staged pitches, but in the end, The Borrowers from Blue Spirit Productions in France stood out as both the best-attended session as well as the pitch that attracted the most investors to the audience.

The overwhelming majority of the top 10 most popular pitches were also French. In order following The Borrowers, these were Tiny Bad Wolf (Xilam Animation; France), Silly Sundays (Cartoon Saloon; Ireland), Billy – The Cowboy Hamster (Dandelooo; France), Droners (Cyber Group Studios, Supamonks, La Chouette Compagnie; France), Looking for Santa (Folimage, Lunanime; France/Belgium), In Your Face (Doncvoilà Productions, Bridges; France), Woolly Woolly (Normaal, Groupe PVP; France/Canada), Splat & Seymour (Just Kids; France), and Zouk, The Little Witch with a Big Personality (Bayard Jeunesse Animation, Normaal; France).

The 10 pitches with the highest attendance of investors were, following The Borrowers, Splat & Seymour, Woolly Woolly, Country Kids (La Station Animation; France), Droners, Billy – The Cowboy Hamster, Zouk, The Little Witch with a Big Personality, Tiny Bad Wolf, Silly Sundays and Odo (Letko, Sixteen South; Poland/UK).

Scroll down to see the full Top 30 lists.

Q&A: The Borrowers (52 x 11’) producer Armelle Glorennec of Blue Spirit Productions

What do you think makes this show stand out?

It’s the first time that Mary Norton’s novels are adapted in an animation TV series, and it’s very exciting to work on this adaptation. We want to have a high quality of pictures (our trailer will show in what way) closer to cinema than a traditional TV show. In this sense, our pictures and the look of our trailer make this show stand out. The Borrowers, our series, is not really a back to school program, not really a comedy, not really an adventure series, not really a fantasy show … but all of these!

What is the show’s target audience?

6 to 10.

What kind of animation techniques are used?

We are in a full CGI technique, with a “stop-motion” look.

What do you love about the series?

I love the design, which was done by a young woman designer: Margaux Rosiaux. I love Arrietty — our main character — her bravery, and her strong desire to explore the world. I love the two “sizes” of the series – the Borrowers’ one and the Human’s one, it allows us to play with the direction. And the director, Fabien Daphy, loves it, too! I love the duo Tom and Arrietty. I love also to develop a parallel world in our daily life … with the Borrowers, these creatures who live under the floor or in the walls. We will see our houses differently after the show!

What is your take on the global TV animation scene this year?

In France, it’s a strange situation with a lot of doubts: what is the future of France 4? Of Gulli? Of Canal +? How will these 3 broadcasters continue to buy (and broadcast) youth animation series? On the global market, it seems we are in a transition time… we need to adapt our business model to the digital broadcasting… in the right way!

What do you love about Cartoon Forum?

I love the spirit of Cartoon Forum, a lot of kindness. A “back to work” rendez-vous!

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TOP 30 CARTOON FORUM PITCHES BY ATTENDANCE:

  1. The Borrowers (Blue Spirit Productions) France
  2. Tiny Bad Wolf (Xilam Animation) France
  3. Silly Sundays (Cartoon Saloon) Ireland
  4. Billy – The Cowboy Hamster (Dandelooo) France
  5. Droners (Cyber Group Studios, Supamonks, La Chouette Compagnie) France
  6. Looking for Santa (Folimage, Lunanime) France/Belgium
  7. In Your Face (Doncvoilà Productions, Bridges) France
  8. Woolly Woolly (Normaal, Groupe PVP) France/Canada
  9. Splat & Seymour (Just Kids) France
  10. Zouk, The Little Witch with a Big Personality (Bayard Jeunesse Animation, Normaal) France
  11. Country Kids (La Station Animation) France
  12. Pompon Little Bear (Supamonks) France
  13. Mum Is Pouring Rain (Laïdak Films) France
  14. Luis and the Aliens – The Series (Ulysses Filmproduktion, Fabrique d’Images, A. Film Production) Germany/Luxembourg/Denmark
  15. We Are the Artists (Ex Nihilo, Folimage) France
  16. Deep in the Bowl (Zeilt Productions, Watt Frame) Luxembourg/France
  17. Rabbit Academy – The Series (Akkord Film Produktion) Germany
  18. Pfffirates (Cube Creative Productions) France
  19. GloboZone (Umanimation) France
  20. Selfish (Kazak Productions) France
  21. The Fluffy Four (Lunanime, Beast Animation) Belgium
  22. Odo (Letko, Sixteen South) Poland, UK
  23. V and the Anaon Ghosts (Vivement Lundi!) France
  24. The Who What (Silex Films, Doncvoilà Prod.) France
  25. A Bear Named Wojtek (The Illuminated Film Company, Filmograf) UK/Poland
  26. Komaneko, The Curious Cat (Komadoli Studio, Dwarf Studios) France/Japan
  27. Jax – Merlin’s Lineage (Squeeze) Canada
  28. Tom’s Taxi (Zooper Film, Grid Animation) Germany/Belgium
  29. SamSam (Folivari, Bayard Jeunesse Animation) France
  30. Orbiteers – UFO Rescue Team (Wolkenlenker) Gemany
  31. Flix (Eye Present, Pictor Productions) UK/Ireland

TOP 30 CARTOON FORUM PITCHES BY INVESTOR ATTENDANCE:

  1. The Borrowers (Blue Spirit Productions) France
  2. Splat & Seymour (Just Kids) France
  3. Woolly Woolly (Normaal, Groupe PVP) France/Canada
  4. Country Kids (La Station Animation) France
  5. Droners (Cyber Group Studios, Supamonks, La Chouette Compagnie) France
  6. Billy – The Cowboy Hamster (Dandelooo) France
  7. Zouk, The Little Witch with a Big Personality (Bayard Jeunesse Animation, Normaal) France
  8. Tiny Bad Wolf (Xilam Animation) France
  9. Silly Sundays (Cartoon Saloon) Ireland
  10. Odo (Letko, Sixteen South) Poland, UK
  11. Luis and the Aliens – The Series (Ulysses Filmproduktion, Fabrique d’Images, A. Film Production) Germany/Luxembourg/Denmark
  12. Pompon Little Bear (Supamonks) France
  13. Rabbit Academy – The Series (Akkord Film Produktion) Germany
  14. Looking for Santa (Folimage, Lunanime) France/Belgium
  15. Pfffirates (Cube Creative Productions) France
  16. Flix (Eye Present, Pictor Productions) UK/Ireland
  17. The Who What (Silex Films, Doncvoilà Prod.) France
  18. SamSam (Folivari, Bayard Jeunesse Animation) France
  19. V and the Anaon Ghosts (Vivement Lundi!) France
  20. Milo (Fourth Wall Creative) UK
  21. The Fluffy Four (Lunanime, Beast Animation) Belgium
  22. Tom’s Taxi (Zooper Film, Grid Animation) Germany/Belgium
  23. Paradise Valley (GunHill) Iceland
  24. Deep in the Bowl (Zeilt Productions, Watt Frame) Luxembourg/France
  25. Maëlys Mysteries (Panique!, Nadasdy Film, Folimage) Belgium/Switzerland/France
  26. Harry and Bip – Summer Season (Ink and Light, Ink and Light Ireland) Finland/Ireland
  27. We Are the Artists (Ex Nihilo, Folimage) France
  28. Mum Is Pouring Rain (Laïdak Films) France
  29. A Bear Named Wojtek (The Illuminated Film Company, Filmograf) UK/Poland
  30. Marmots (Nexus Factory, Film & Video Production) Belgium/Switzerland
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