Beijing- and Hollywood-based film and TV animation studio DreamEast Pictures has secured a global distribution deal with Jetpack Distribution for 2D adventure-comedy series, Valt the Wonder Deer, which reimagines the ancient Chinese myth of the nine-colored deer for a global audience.
The agreement includes the completed 52-episode first season for distribution in both English and Mandarin in all Jetpack’s territories excluding China, where it recently debuted on BTV Kaku Kids Channel and streaming service TenCent, garnering over 9 million views in its first two weeks.
“We specifically created Valt the Wonder Deer with an international audience in mind, blending the best of Hollywood and Chinese storytelling to tell a story with universal appeal,” said Yuan “Phabey” Wang, CEO, DreamEast Pictures USA. “Partnering with Jetpack will bring Valt and its adventurous stories of courage, friendship and love to kids everywhere.”
Valt the Wonder Deer follows Valt and his friends as they encounter funny moments, scary trials and plenty of adventure on their journey to obtain the power of the Five Magic Elements and rescue his trapped parents, the Deer King and Queen, from the comically evil overlords of the Land of Metal. The show uses the group’s journey and experiences to demonstrate themes of love, courage, friendship and responsibility to its young viewers.
Work on the series began in 2015 under executive producer John Andrews (Beavis & Butt-head, Daria, Aeon Flux), creative director Ron Myrick (Skylanders, Ben 10, Incredible Hulk), character designer Buck Lewis (Gnomeo & Juliet, Alvin & The Chipmunks, Kung Fu Panda), head writer Ann Austen (Power Rangers, NFL Rush Zone, Lalaloopsy), art director Michael Rose (Ice Age, Dragons: Riders of Berk, Beavis & Butt-head Do America) and musician/composer Scott Healey.
“I’m excited to work with a DreamEast, a company using an innovative way to globally scale by building a project from the ground up that appeals to kids across all cultures,” said Jetpack Distribution founder Dominic Gardiner.
Jetpack is a UK-based independent kids and family content distributor with a catalog including Outfit7’s Talking Tom and Friends, BES Animation’s Kitty Is Not a Cat! and Samka’s The Sisters.