U.K. broadcaster Five, which debuted the animated kids show Ebb and Flo during its Milkshake block in April, has expressed interest in picking up a second, 26-episode season of the traditionally animated charmer.
Ebb and Flo is based on the childrens books by author/illustrator Jane Simmons and narrated by Fiona Shaw, who played Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter film series. The show is co-produced by the U.K.s Canning Factory (James the Cat, Ophelia), Cake Ent. and Hahn Film AG.
Commenting on the show, Nick Wilson, controller of childrens programming for Five, remarks, "This evocative water color animation has a timeless narrative quality that is quite unique. Amidst the color, vibrancy and excitement of Milkshake!, this will be a tiny oasis of tranquil charm.”
Distributed by VGI Ent., Ebb & Flo has been sold in more than 40 territories including the U.S. (Noggin), Canada (CBC), Australia (ABC), Japan (Disney), Germany (KIKA), France (Canal J), Sweden (SVT) and Finland (YLE).
Jane Forbes, VGIs licensing director, is concluding deals in merchandising categories including toys, puzzles, magazines, books and gifts. The licensing program will also exploit the shows waterside setting with beach products and various arts and crafts.
The fourth title in Simmons’ storybook series, Ebb and Flo and the Sea Monster, is being published in paperback this summer. Kids can also enjoy Ebb and Flo games and activities on the recently launched website, www.ebbandflo.com.