Kids’ content distributor Federation Kids & Family and its production studio Cottonwood Media have scored more pre-sales for their animated comedy on a microscopic scale, Squish. Now on board are RTBF (Belgium), VRT (Belgium) and Hop TV (Israel). Co-produced with Planeta Junior and Gulli (France, Russia, North Africa), Squish will debut its first knee-slapping episodes at MIPJunior.
“Our super-talented creative team, and the broadcasters, have been very excited about the refreshing uniqueness of this property. In today’s market, where a lot of shows look and feel alike, Squish really stands out wherever it’s shown,” said David Michel, President, Federation Kids & Family and Cottonwood Media. “It is visually distinct, original in concept, and bold in its humor, while being a true, parent-friendly 6-11 high-comedy show.”
Squish (52 x 11’) is a fast-paced, slapstick series about everyday school kids, their families, friendships and efforts to fit in — except, the kids are amoebas. Set in suburban Small Pond, grade school kid Squish is just trying to find his place in the single-cell world, where algae are the cool kids, parasites can’t be trusted, and bacteria always make a mess of everything!
The series is based on the New York Times best-selling graphic novels by Jennifer Holm and Eisner Award-winning creator Matthew Holm. The creative team includes head writer John Derevlany (LEGO: Legend of Chima, Johnny Test, Angry Beavers), and exec producer David Michel (The Ollie & Moon Show, Totally Spies!). Published by Random House Children’s Books, the Squish franchise has sold more than 1 million copies of the existing six books to date, with new books published yearly.
The Squish toon is slated to launch in early 2019; it is produced by Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior, in partnership with Gulli, distributed by Federation Kids & Family and Planeta Junior.