Arbol visits ‘Doctor’ for toon-up

Anima2 will lead co-prodn with Globomedia, Italy's Publiglobo, RAI

MADRID — The Arbol Group, the biggest indie TV production house in the Spanish-speaking world, has initiated its first international animation project, based on the most successful Spanish drama TV series of the ’90s, “Family Doctor.”

Anima2, Arbol’s toon arm, will lead co-production on the around $5.2 million production, teaming with Globomedia and Italy’s Publiglobo, both Arbol companies, as well as Italian pubcaster RAI.

Airing from 1996 to 2000, “Doctor” turned on a widowed general practioner left to bring up his three children. Created by and starring Arbol prexy Emilio Aragon, “Doctor’s” 119 episodes notched up an average audience share of 45.6%. Re-formatted versions enjoyed success in Portugal and Italy.

Scripted by Aragon, the animated series will be directed by former Don Bluth cartoonist Fernando Moro. The 26-part series will be ready for delivery next June.

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