U.S.-based Baboon Animation added to its SeaBelievers credits, as it embraces the first-ever animated ECOtainment musical adventure that encourages kids to save their Earth today for tomorrow. Onboard as writing and showrunners, Baboon has just signed to direct animatics and the final animation composites.
“Since being introduced to SeaBelievers, we’ve had a gnawing desire to be as involved as possible,” said Mike de Seve, CEO of Baboon Animation. “We’re adeptly versed in all aspects of animation, and jumped at the chance to bring all our expertise to this genre-defining ECO-series.”
The deal cements a powerhouse team of award-winning industry veterans including Seoul-based Ocon Studios (Pororo, Super Zach, Dibo the Gift Dragon) and music composition from Irish/U.S.-based Emmy-winner Rich Dickerson (Off Mike’s, What’s New Scooby-Doo).
The SeaBelievers are a team of relatable underwater superhero kids who’ve pledged to protect the oceans. From climate change and pollution to saving endangered sea creatures, encouraging conservation, harmony with nature, and the belief in every child’s ability to make a difference, the SeaBelievers creatively find solutions and other means to solve real environmental problems. Whether in the sea or on land, the positive characters — complete with their distinct seaweed hair, seashell nose, magical sand dollar necklaces, sea-colored eyes and webbed hands and feet — sing songs like “Be Kind,” “Think Again” and “Change the World” as they take action around key environmental issues.
SeaBelievers (52 x 11’) will be introduced to buyers and industry players at MIP Junior this month, with delivery set for December 2020.
“Everywhere you look, climate conversations are peaking across the world,” said Brien Arone, SeaBelievers Founder & SeaEO. “The SeaBelievers are a forward-thinking crew of diverse characters set to empower kids to make a difference now to help protect our planet. While other shows educate children on learning their ABCs, SeaBelievers is focused on educating kids about protecting their AB and Seas.”
“The level of interest for SeaBelievers has been beyond incredible, “ said Manual Arisso, SVP of Sales and Business Development, SeaBelievers. “Children are making a stand around the world about the messaging our SeaBelievers stand for. This popularity will continue to grow and we’re excited to come to MIPCOM to debut our first season for broadcasters.”
MIP Jr. organizers encouraged Arone to be involved in the market’s opening night event because of their shared commitment to highlighting the importance of sustainable development, especially in regards to the protection of the planet and its oceans. MIPTV launched an initiative earlier this year to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Media Compact, which sets out to advance awareness of sustainability issues among the media and entertainment companies.
SeaBelievers is a member of 1% for the Planet, a global organization that connects businesses, individuals, and nonprofits, empowering all to drive big, positive change. On Earth Day 2019, SeaBelievers was front-and-center at the White House to chat with over 30,000 children about how they were celebrating the day and protecting the planet.
SeaBelievers is inspired by the SeaBabies property of the 1990s that celebrated the environment and inspired children to care about the future of the planet. The fun, innovative property included toys, costume characters and live shows.