Genius Brands International is teaming up with Rob Minkoff, director of Disney’s The Lion King, and Shane Morris, co-writer of Frozen, to develop and produce a new animated preschool series titled Rainbow Rangers. The announcement was made by GBI’s Chairman & CEO, Andy Heyward.
Rainbow Rangers (52 x 11) is a CG-animated series following the adventures of seven unique, magical girls from the other side of the rainbow who serve as guardians of the Earth, protecting it from a wicked villain through teamwork, bravery, creativity and compassion.
Minkoff will produce the series, with Morris serving as producer and head writer along with his partner Tim Mansfield. Key series designs were created by Brittany Myers and Ruben Aquino, who was a supervising animator on many of the major Disney characters from Little Mermaid through to Frozen. Emmy Award-winning producer Andy Heyward will executive produce.
GBI expects to premiere a Rainbow Rangers special in the fall of 2017, with a full series launch planned for spring 2018. The company is concurrently developing a global licensing, merchandising and retail program to coincide with the series launch. GBI will be showcasing the property at MIP Junior next month.