Xilam secures deal with DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media for ‘Mr Magoo’
MUMBAI: Award-winning French animation studio Xilam Animation has secured a deal with DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media for its hilarious new animated series, ‘Mr Magoo’ based on the hugely successful classic cartoon of the same name. DreamWorks has exclusively picked up all US TV, home video and VOD rights to season one (78 x 7’). ‘Mr Magoo’ will then be available from 17/01/2020 on CBS All Access streaming service.
Xilam Animation CEO Marc du Pontavice said, “Since debuting in fall 2018, ‘Mr Magoo’ has drawn strong ratings and captured the hearts of kids and their families around the world. The original version of ‘Mr Magoo’ was first created in the US so we’re delighted DreamWorks has now come on board to introduce local audiences to our fresh take on this wonderfully candid and optimistic character, back where it all began 70 years ago.”
Originally commissioned by France Télévisions, ‘Mr Magoo’ currently airs on Turner’s Boomerang channel in France, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, Turkey and Nordics, Cartoon Network (Asia), Discovery Kids (Latin America), Super RTL (Germany), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), SIC K (Portugal), RTVE (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), CITV (UK), Discovery and DEA Kids (Italy), among other channels.
This latest deal expands Xilam’s US footprint which includes its recently announced Netflix commission for CGI animated preschool series Oggy Oggy, based on the company’s hit global franchise Oggy and the Cockroaches.
Netflix also acquired worldwide rights to the studio’s critically acclaimed first adult animated feature I Lost My Body, which launched on 29 November 2019 and received the International Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival, Cristal for a Feature Film and Audience Award at Annecy and Grand Prize at the Animation is Film Festival last year.
I Lost My Body has also just been nominated in the ‘Animated Feature Film’ category for the Academy Awards 2020. Additionally, Xilam is in production on Disney+ original Chip ‘n’ Dale, which will feature the return of Disney’s much-loved chipmunk troublemakers in a non-verbal, classic style comedy.