CAKE, ÁNIMA AND STUDIO MOSHI PARTNER WITH DISNEY EMEA AND CHANNEL 9 AUSTRALIA ON SPACE CHICKENS IN SPACE
20 February 2018
London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE, Mexico-based leading animation outfit Ánima 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.
CAKE is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies specialising in the production, distribution, development, financing and brand development of kids’ and family properties. CAKE works with renowned producers of animation and live-action content, including Rovio Entertainment Ltd, Channel X, Fresh TV, Komixx and Scholastic on the worldwide roll out of their brands. In addition, CAKE partners with production companies such as TeamTO, Thuristar, Paper Owl, Cheeky Little Media, Mighty Nice and Kickstart Productions, co-producing exciting new entertainment properties and turning them into aspiring brands, including the award-winning Bottersnikes & Gumbles, currently being introduced on TV, in publishing and on gaming platforms.
An award-winning company, CAKE was most recently voted number one distributor in Kidscreen’s 2017 Hot 50. CAKE is based in London and is headed up by Ed Galton and Tom van Waveren.
About Studio Moshi:
Studio Moshi is an independent producer and trad-digital animation production company based in Australia founded in 2005. We are creator-driven! – producing high quality script to screen animated properties that entertain and engage children, youth and family audiences around the world. Studio Moshi is the company behind The Day My Butt Went Psycho, co-produced with Nelvana and in association with Scholastic for Nine Network and Teletoon Canada and Moose Toys’ Shopkins World Vacation. Studio Moshi is the co-developer & co-producer with Indie prodco Frederator Studios to bring the popular online short kids series Rocket Dog, created by Australian animator Mel Roach, to television globally. Studio Moshi’s client list include working with partners like ABC Australia, Corus, eONE Family, Nickelodeon UK, USA, Australia, Fremantle, Scholastic (USA) and others.
Ánima is a leading animation studio based in Mexico City, Madrid and Canary Islands. Specialized in 2D and CGI animation, it creates, produces and manages high quality brands and develops original projects for kids and the whole family. Its most recent projects include Legend Quest, Cleo & Cuquin, PINY Institute of New York TV shows, as well as Here Comes the Grump, Ana y Bruno and La Leyenda del Charro Negro feature films.