A new season of stop-motion animated children’s series Dimitri will debut Monday, April 8 on France 5’s Zouzous preschool block and in Belgium on Flemish-language public broadcaster VRT Ketnet. Season 2 is comprised of a 24 x 5’ episode package as well as a 13-minute TV special.
Aimed at children under 6 years old, Dimitri is about a little bird from Europe who is separated from his parents and must sort out a new life in Ubuyu, in the heart of Africa. Here, Dimitri learns about life on the savannah and meets interesting creatures, under the protection of a kind giraffe. The second season introduces new characters: Tamaa, a charming and boisterous young monkey who falls off a bush taxi and is taken in by the Ubuyu community; Anansi, a jolly spider who lives in the darkness of a mysterious hut;. and Safir, pretentious pink flamingo.
Created in 2013 by series director Agnès Lecreux and Jean-François Le Corre, Dimitri is already broadcast in more than 20 territories including Canada, China, the Middle East and Denmark. The first season was awarded at a dozen international festivals, including the prestigious Ottawa Animation Film Festival, Cyber Sousa Xiamen, Anima Cordoba and the Bucheon Int’l Animation Festival.
France Télé Distribution is the international sales agent for the two seasons (50 x 5’), the two TV specials (1 x 26’ + 1x 13’) and the web series Tell Me Dimitri (26 x 2’).
Dimitri is produced by Vivement Lundi! in Rennes, France, in co-production with Beast Animation (Belgium) and Nadasdy Film (Switzerland) for a budget of €2.1 million, funded by France Télévisions, VRT, RadioTélévision Suisse, CNC, Région Bretagne, Cinéforom, Loterie Romande, Flemish Audiovisuel Fund and Belgian Tax Shelter. More than 130 screenwriters, technicians and actors worked on Dimitri between Rennes, Mechelen and Geneva.