Spanish projects on Cartoon Forum: a drilldown

Spanish projects on Cartoon Forum: a drilldown


Eight animated TV series projects involving Spanish companies will be presented to buyers and producers attending the 2022 pitching sessions of Cartoon Forum, the main attraction of the event.

Among well-known production companies presenting their latest cartoon shows, figure In Efecto Atlantis, the Spanish-French studio behind Disney’s series “Tara Duncan;” Sygnatia, the producer of the multi-award-winning animated film “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” and Peekaboo Animation, creator of the worldwide sales hit series ‘I, Elvis Riboldi’.

Two of the selected Spanish projects (“My Brother is a T-Rez” and “Polka Dot Zebra”) are aimed at preschoolers; five titles (“Bertie’s Brainwaves”, “Best Friends Forever… Stranded!”, “Mervyn’s Album”, “The Little Orchestra” and “Zoey Oceans”) are intended for older children; “Firsts” is aimed at a family audience.


“The eight wonderful Spanish series show the wealth of knowledge and talent that Spain has generated since we started developing the industry in the 1960s,” said Nico Matji, President of Diboos, the Spanish Federation of Animation Producers and VFX Production Companies.

Nine other Spanish production companies will showcase their latest projects in the promotional videos shared during Cartoon Forum’s Croissant and Coffee Shows: 3 Doubles Producciones (“The Book of Dreams”), Barrios Producciones (“Annunaki Files”), DeAPlaneta Kids & Family (“Magic Lilly”), Hampa Studio (“Melbits”), Imagic Telecom (“The Wawies”), Koyi Talent (“Yanco, Dina and the Dinosaurs”), Pikkukala Barcelona (“Taste Buddies”), Teidees Audiovisuals (“ Jasmine & Jambo”) and Verjim Animation Studio (“Counting Sheep”).

Also, two Barcelona-based companies, Peekaboo Animation and GoldBee, were respectively nominated at this year’s Cartoon Tributes for Best Producer and Best Investor/Distributor, respectively.

Spanish projects at the 2022 Cartoon Forum

“Bertie’s Brainwaves,” (TBC, Spain-UK)

Spanish-French studio In Efecto Atlantis, French princess Sam Pictures’ producer of Disney’s ‘Tara Duncan’ series, has teamed up with British Flickerpix to edit David Roberts’ best-selling children’s books, ‘Dirty Bertie’. In Efecto’s Co-Founder, Raúl Carbó produces this 52-episode 11-minute adventure series project about a 10-year-old boy with an overactive fantasy.

Bertie’s Brainwaves

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“Best friends forever… stranded!” (Jose Balbuena, Spain)

Barcelona’s Peekaboo Animation, producers of hit series “I, Elvis Riboldi” – sold to more than 140 territories worldwide – is looking for co-production partners for this project, centered on a rooster in baggy pants who dreams of becoming a famous writer. Peekaboo co-founder Iván Agenjo discovered Balbuena’s potential during a Cartoon Springboard edition. The goal is to start production in 2024.

Best friends forever… stranded!

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“Firsts,” (“Primeras,” Paloma Mora, Bambú Orellana, Spain-Chile)

An 11-minute, 13-part anthological show, depicting the life stories of women from around the world who became pioneers in areas hitherto reserved for men only. The project is produced by Paloma Mora at Valencia-based TV ON Producciones in collaboration with Chilean Typpo Creative.


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“Mervyn’s Album” (Jody Gannon, Spain, Germany)

Produced by screenwriter Marie Beardmore in Barcelona’s Kick the Door, in collaboration with Germany’s BigB, the project follows 10-year-old Mervyn, who is able to enter the world within stamps. But the Stamp Realm also has a dark side: a group of untrustworthy types hatch a plan to bridge the gap between the fantasy land and reality. A 52-episode 13-minute adventure series, targeting 6-9s.

Mervyn .’s album

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“My Brother is a T-Rez” (Javi Peces, Spain-Portugal)

Directed and produced by Javi Peces in the Mr. Klaus Studio (‘Bento’) in Madrid co-produced with Celine Fernandes at Lusco Fusco Animation in Portugal. A 52-episode show about Coco, a 6-year-old girl who enjoys spending her time making up stories in the company of her little brother, a big, pink, real T-Rex.

My brother is a T-Rez

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“Polka dot Zebra,” (“Cebra con lunares,” Laura Blanco, Margarida Madeira, Spain-Portugal)

An upper school TV series adaptation of the book of the same name by Ana Paula Catarino and Helena Perim. The story is about Bella, a little zebra who was born with spots instead of stripes. Produced by Xosé Zapata at Sygnatia Studio (“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”, “Dragon Keeper”) and co-produced by Catarino’s Bro Cinema in Portugal, the series has been bought by the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE.

Zebra with dots

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“The Little Orchestra” (“La orquestita”, Juan Carve, Martín Guido, Spain-Perú-Uruguay)

The adventures of a cool kids rock band who travel the world, meet strange characters and try to reveal the secrets of music. Produced by Peter Keydel, founder of Mago Audiovisual Production in Barcelona in co-production with Apus Animación y Contenido from Peru and Chucho TV from Uruguay.

“Zoey Oceans” (Alice Guimaraes, Spain)

A 26-13 minute adventure comedy about a 9-year-old girl who built an amphibious vehicle to search for her father lost at sea. Only the cargo of rubber ducks that he carried remains, which appear in the most diverse places of the planet. Awarded by Netflix and women’s animation lobby Mianima, the project is being produced by Carlota Pou at Studio Kimchi in Barcelona.

Zoey Oceans

‘Zoey Oceans’ Credit: Cartoon Forum


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