Spanish kidcaster Clan has teamed up with Barcelona-based Imira Entertainment to co-produce the new 2D animated comedy series Sunnyside Billy.
The 52 Ã 11 ‘series, described as “an upbeat action-packed comedy about a friendly fried egg”, is an original production by Imira’s parent company, Toonz Media Group, based in India and was developed by a team led by French animator Olivier Jean-Marie (Oggy & les cockroaches, Zig & Sharko), who died in May.
Aimed at children ages seven and up, the show follows fried egg Billy and his friends on a mission to protect the mythical Big Fish from the prying eyes of foodie Tooth. The series celebrates friendship, positivity and the environment, Toonz said.
The production team includes Belgian designer Jan Van Rijsselberge (Robot Boy, Dude That’s My Ghost!), Who was part of the original creative team along with Jean-Marie. Toonz CEO P Jayakumar and Imira CEO Carlos Biern are the show’s executive producers.
Sunnyside Billy is developed and produced at Imira’s production facilities in Spain. Post-production work will be carried out in the studio of Toonz’s Irish subsidiary, Telegael, and the show is slated to take place in the first quarter of 2023.
Yago FandiÃ±o, head of children’s content at TVE, the parent company of the Clan ad channel, described the series as “a fun and original series that brings together Olivier’s legacy of irreverent and wacky humor with a new generation of Spanish designers “.
Previous co-productions between Clan and Toonz in Spain include Sandra the Fairy Tale Detective and Bat Pat, while the Indian studio is also in production on Paddypaws & Pals in partnership with Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman, and JG & the BC Kids with American actress Janet Hubert.