Italian boutique animation studio Enanimation has secured the rights to develop – globally and on all platforms – the popular preschool publishing property Olga the Cloud, created by legendary writer and illustrator Nicoletta Costa. The series now in development is titled Nina & Olga.
“The work of Nicoletta Costa is known and admired throughout the world and Olga the Cloud is one of her most delightful characters,” said Enamination Producer Frederica Maggio. “We are delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to bring to life this great favourite of children everywhere and are certain that her move to a multi- platform environment will be an enormous success.”
Costa’s creation, a global publishing success for over 30 years, is a cute, funny and soft cloud, who is friends with the moon, the stars and the sun – and also children! And of course, as a cloud she wants to rain – but when is the right time? Enamination’s series introduces a new character: Nina, a special friend of Olga’s. Olga helps Nina to understand and face her feelings when confronted by everyday challenges, like a true Best Friend Forever, but a BFF who rains – and at the most unusual times!
“Enanimation has a strong track record in children’s animation, which makes it an ideal partner to bring Olga and her friends to the screen for her many fans,” said Costa. “We are looking forward to a long and highly successful partnership on this exciting project.”
The first Olga the Cloud storybook was published in Italy in 1982. Since then, more than 80 titles – in picture book, board book, activity book and cloth book formats – have been published in Italy and abroad, through EMME Edizioni. Olga the Cloud has enjoyed a strong response in many countries outside Italy, but is particularly popular in China, Russia, Spain and the U.S.
Costa’s work has graced more than 300 books to date. Her unique ability to see the world through the eyes of a child and her endearing characters like Giovanna the Moon, Mister Aquilone, Margherita the sleepy Teacher, Teodora the Witch and, of course, Olga the Cloud, have earned her and her work global fame.
Enanimation is an independent TV production company whose work covers all parts of the production process from creative to financial. Recent notable co-productions include, Mystery after Mystery (a 26 x 2’39” animated TV series);
Mia et le Migou, winner of the Feature Film honors at the European Film Awards 2009; the original animated TV series Linkers, released in 2014; and the successful animated TV series Mini Ninja, which was nominated for a Magnolia Award in the Best Animation category at the Shanghai International TV Festival 2019.