Toonz India In Production Deal With Treehouse

Thiruvananthapuram: | Updated: Jul 30 2002, 05:30am hrs
India’s only ink-animation studio Toonz Animation has clinched a co-production deal with UK-based Treehouse Production for a fun spook animation series. The permanent distribution rights for the series within the Asian continent, however, will remain with Toonz, according to Toonz Animation India CEO Bill Dennis.

The animated series titled ‘How to care for your Monster’ will be produced in 52 episodes of 12-minute duration over a period of one year. Artists at Toonz will work on various stages of production from sheet timing, through layout, animation, clean up, in between to scanning, according to a Toonz release. Toonz, identified by the California-based Animation Magazine as ‘top ten studios to look for’ is busy with the first episode ‘How to haunt a house’. It is ghosts and monsters that star in this series, set in cemeteries, crypts and haunted houses. The first episode of this delightfully witty series is about how Mandy and Randy, two ghost-loving children team up with spook specialist Brady Plunkett and his friend Ember to liven up a boring bed and breakfast party in their house on the haunted hill. The episode will be “a horror-trip for everyone else but the kids,” says Bill Dennis.

Apart from the co-production, the 8-year old Treehouse Production will handle the distribution in the non-Asian regions. The British studio has clients in the UK, Canada and France through special series like ‘Chines Words’, ‘Junkyard’, ‘The Adventures of Dawdie’ and Internet animation ventures.