Paris prodco Ellipse Animation is developing a series derived from the preschool show Trotro.
Trotro is based on French author Bénédicte Guettier’s children’s books of the same name, about a young donkey, which debuted on France 5 in 2004 and are now available on platforms such as Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Video and YouTube.
The 2D animated spin-off Trotro & Zaza (78×3.5′) is also based on Guettier’s books and follows Trotro as he becomes a big brother.
Ellipse, which Franco-Belgian group Media-Participations launched earlier this year to house its French production labels, will take Trotro & Zaza to Cartoon Forum this month, alongside teen and young adult series Dreamland.
Announced at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival earlier this year, Dreamland is adapted from the manga cartoon of the same name by Reno Lemaire. Developed with La Chouette Compagnie, Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel and the DNA animation streaming platform of Média-Participations, it consists of three 10×22′ seasons in traditional 2D animation.
The plot follows a teenager who has been terrified of fire since his mother’s death but who, one night while dreaming, overcomes his fear by being able to control the fire. He then becomes a “traveler”, a special type of dreamer who is transported to Dreamland while he sleeps.
Mediatoon Distribution, also part of Media-Participations, handles international sales for Trotro & Zaza and Dreamland.
Lila Hannou, Vice President of Creative Development and Strategy at Ellipse Animation, said of Trotro & Zaza, “These two endearing characters complete Ellipse Animation’s family of iconic heroes. We know they have what it takes to achieve the international acclaim they deserve with kids and their parents who almost certainly enjoyed the first series.