Mexico-based leading animation outfit Ánima, London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE and Australian animation producer Studio Moshi have announced the production start of their new surreal comedy animation series Space Chickens in Space for commissioning broadcasters Disney EMEA and Channel 9 Australia. The series is currently in production and set to debut in 2018.
Space Chickens In Space is a 2D tradigital co-production between Ánima (Legend Quest); Studio Moshi, (Rocket Dog) and newly formed Dublin-based Gingerbread Animation. Disney EMEA has acquired the first season of 52 x 11’ episodes including 11 two-minute shorts from CAKE, who is handling all international distribution outside of Latin America, which is being handled by Ánima and Australia, where Studio Moshi has inked deals with Channel 9 and Disney Australia.
Aimed at 6-11 year olds, Space Chickens in Space tells the story of a trio of chickens, Finley, Chuck and Starley, who are mistakenly taken from their homes and enrolled in an elite intergalactic former military academy. The three chicken siblings will need all their wits and each other to survive in this extraordinary world full of aliens and tricky homework challenges.
Space Chickens in Space was created by José C. García de Letona & Rita Street, is designed and directed by award-winning Norwegian twins Tommy and Markus Vad Flaaten (Twin Tackle), with Jordan Gaucher serving as showrunner and Alan Keane (Gumball) and Shane Perez (Oddbots) completing the core team as story editors.
Tom van Waveren, CEO and Creative Director at CAKE said, “We fell in love with Space Chickens from the moment Ánima first presented the project to us. Its surreal concept combined with a fresh visual style will make for classic cartoon fun. Having Disney and Channel 9 come on board, as well as Studio Moshi makes for a truly global Space Chickens alliance. Go, chickens!”
“Space Chickens in Space has been hatching in our hearts and in our minds for a long time. Having CAKE, Studio Moshi, Disney EMEA and Channel 9 Australia onboard makes us proud and happy. We’re absolutely positive that everyone from Melbourne to London to Rio and all in between will fall in love with our three birds who always have each other´s backs… and wings and thighs!” said Fernando de Fuentes, President at Ánima.
“We are very excited to bring this original and highly entertaining animated comedy series Space Chickens In Space to Australian children on the Nine Network. We are also delighted to be working once again with Studio Moshi.” said Jo Rooney, Nine Network’s co-Head of Drama.
“It’s fantastic to be working with Ánima and CAKE to see this super surreal comedy Space Chickens In Space enjoyed on Channel 9 Australia, Disney EMEA / Australia and around the world by fellow feathery space cadets!” said Andrew Davies, Studio Moshi CEO and Executive Producer.