Canal+ takes Gouti’s amazing journey, from French studio Parmi Les Lucioles

Canal+ takes Gouti’s amazing journey, from French studio Parmi Les Lucioles

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French animation studio Parmi Les Lucioles has signed a pre-sales deal with Canal+ for the 26-minute TV special to be presented this week at the Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, southern France.

“Gouti’s Great Journey”, by writer-director Benedicte Galup (“Kirikou and the Wild Beasts”, “Adama”) is an adaptation of the comic book “Le Grand Voyage de Gouti” by Michel Bussi and Peggy Nille, published by Langue au chat .

The film tells the story of the Agoutis, a family of small rodents who live in harmony on a dream island untouched by humans. But one day, their island is devastated by a violent storm and the family is forced to leave, leading to a journey to other worlds, other species, and above all, a journey of self-discovery.

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It will be produced by Jerome Duc-Maugé’s recently launched production studio Parmi les lucioles films in the southern French animation center of Valence.

Award-winning French singer-songwriter Olivia Ruiz will compose the score and write the lyrics together with Galup.

“We asked Olivia to write 10 different songs in 10 different styles and gave her a detailed film treatment with keywords and details about each sequence and character. When she had written the songs, Benedicte [Galup] went over it and asked Olivia to make any changes as needed to fit into the storyline — so there was almost a year of constant back and forth,” Duc-Maugé said. Variety.

Asked about the musical format, he agreed that “musical comedy isn’t very French. I’ve wanted to make one for a long time,” he admitted, adding: “We’re starting with a 26-minute format, which well adapted to TV and children’s shows in French cinemas, and, who knows, maybe we’ll go for a little longer if it works,’ he smiled.

Other upcoming projects for Duc-Maugé include “Nina and the Tales of the Hedgehog,” the next film from Oscar nominees Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (“A Cat in Paris,” “Phantom Boy”).

Cartoon Forum ends on September 22 in Toulouse.

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