Cosmos-Maya to co-produce spin-off series based on ‘Leo da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa’

MUMBAI: Animation production house Cosmos-Maya is co-producing a spin-off series based on the 3D Animation feature film Leo da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa in association with Rai Ragazzi and Gruppo Alcuni.

The spin-off is an international 3D animation children cartoon series which will air on Italian public broadcaster Rai TV. This is Cosmos-Maya’s second association with Rai TV.

Directed by Gruppo Alcuni, the series looks to capitalise on the popularity of the movie as well as the admiration of the national icon. The series will have 52 episodes of 13 minutes each.

Leo, a 15-year-old version of Leonardo da Vinci is the protagonist of the show. His curiosity and will learn to enable him to keep inventing new and unique machines. These he uses to have fun with his friends, Lisa and Lorenzo. He also uses these inventions to keep evil at bay. Blue Pirate, assisted by henchmen Francis and Cicala, provides the villainy aspect to the show.

Cosmos-Maya CEO Anish Mehta said, “We brought in the 3D animation revolution in India with Motu Patlu and with each subsequent show, pushed all the envelopes of quality. Inspector Chingum, our latest show, which is currently on air has the finest 3-D animation quality for an Indian series. Now with Leo da Vinci’s global appeal and universal storytelling, we are taking a step forward internationally. The pedigree of a major European production house like Gruppo Alcuni and people’s familiarity with Leonardo da Vinci and his work will enable the series to have a reach of more than 100 countries. This is what attracted us to this project in the first place.”

Gruppo Alcuni President and Creative Director said, “Leonardo’s achievements interest adults more than children. He has done such great things that seem incredible to us. However, to the little ones, who carry with them the gift of imagination, they seem almost normal. So we wanted to create something for Leonardo to be accessible to them and then in our film, we added pirates, the flight. We wanted to combine fantasy with genius. With Cosmos-Maya’s proven track record, we are confident that the series will be a success worldwide.”

The series is based on the film Leo da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa which is produced by Alcuni. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival lately. Alcuni is one of the leading companies in the Italian and European animation production sector. To date their series and the feature films have been distributed in over 137 countries worldwide. The film has been released in Italy, Russia CIS and South Korea. Next month, it will be released in China.