***This article originally appeared in the Sept./Oct. ’21 issue of Animation Magazine (No. 313)***
One of the hot shows debuting at the Cartoon Forum and some of the other fall markets this month is Cyber Group Studios’ 50/50 Heroes. Based on an original idea by Romain Gadiou (Raymond, The Jungle Bunch) and Chloé Sastre (Heidi, Kid Lucky) the high-energy 2D HD 52 x 11-minute toon targets young viewers, ages six to 10.
The series follows the adventures of half-brother and sister Mo (age 11) and Sam (nine) who discover one day that they’ve inherited some powers from their great-great-great-grandmother, who had a fling with a superhero many years ago. The twist is that as half-siblings, they must share the powers. All they have to do to make these superpowers come to life is to be on the same page — which is not as easy as it sounds.
“These two ‘sort of superheroes’ run half as fast and turn half-invisible!” says Raphaëlle Mathieu, senior VP of sales, acquisitions and new media at Cyber Group Studios. “They have no latex suits and no big missions to save the planet. But having superpowers can be cool when you are a kid. They can use it to get ice cream or to go to the movie theater with their friends while they have to be somewhere else with their mom at the same time! The first season of this bold and funny show offers fun, crazy adventures, comedy, friendship and family life all in one package.”
Mathieu adds, “50/50 Heroes is a standout series that breaks convention, from its unlikely superheroes to their unexpected and usually hilarious adventures. This is a completely original show that turns the serious superhero genre on its head, presenting a pair of half-siblings who must work together to realize their powers and solve totally relatable, everyday challenges that don’t always go as planned, but are always funny and underscore the benefits of cooperation, friendship and importance of family.”
The series is slated for a 2022 release.
For more info, visit www.cybergroupstudios.com.