TakToon’s Central Animation Studios in South Korea has partnered with French kids’ entertainment producer Millimages to create a new stop-motion preschool series, Big Five. Now in pre-production, the show is set to debut in the first half of 2018 and will utilize the same animation techniques used in Central’s Galaxy Kids.
The agreement was signed by TakToon Enterprise’s Managing Director, Sophia Lee, and Millimages’ CEO, Roch Lener, during Kidscreen Summit.
Comprising two seasons of 26 x 11, Big Five will bring toys to life (literally!) for character-driven stories featuring the heroic Big Five Rescue Team — a group of transforming vehicles, robots and a plush doll. The Big Five crew are always ready to help their fellow toys in need at the children’s play cafe where they live, which is full of colorful locations like ball pits, sand boxes, slides and libraries.
Millimages has appointed UK-based freelance writer and editor Victoria Wilson to the project to ensure Big Five has international appeal for young audiences. Wilson’s credits include preschool series Noddy Toyland Detective, Mouk, Gaspard and Lisa and Roary the Racing Car.
TakToon Enterprise and Central Animation Studios’ current production slate includes Galaxy Quest and 2D digital animation series The Forks with Spiky Hands, currently airing on Disney Channel Korea and YouTube worldwide.
Millimages is an internationally recognized leader in European children’s entertainment, boasting a catalog of over 500 hours of animated TV series and feature films. The company also has its own distribution, merchandising and new media divisions, and will be handling worldwide distribution of Big Five (excluding Korea and China).