Canada’s TELETOON network has placed an order for 26 half-hours of a new animated comedy-adventure series titled Iggy Arbuckle from Toronto-based production company Blueprint Ent. The show is now in production and is slated to air on TELETOON in January of 2007.
The Iggy Arbuckle character was first introduced in National Geographic Kids magazine. Aimed at viewers 6-11, the animated series follows the adventures of the hiking, climbing, singing, thrill-seeking ‘nature freak’ pig and his faithful sidekick, a high-spirited, fast-talking, industrious beaver named Jiggers. The pair enjoy incredible escapades in the Kookamunga wilderness, navigating sticky swamps and tropical rain forests as they encounter eccentric wildlife and natural phenomena.
Animation production is being handled by Canadian studio C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, whose credits include Planet Sketch, The Save Ums, Franny’s Feet, The Hoobs and Angela Anaconda. The show is also being tailored for the global marketplace as a series of 52 11-minute episodes.
Blueprint Ent. and Oasis International retain international distribution rights for Iggy Arbuckle, while National Geographic Kids’ Programming and Production group holds U.S. distribution rights. MIP-TV attendees can visit the Oasis International Booth (20.02) or the National Geographic stand (R29.40) to pick up multiple episode scripts, presales information and a 90-second demo of the series.