Animator sets six-episode TV show

Gabor Csupo, the Budapest, Hungary-born animator behind “Rugrats,” is going back to basics with a new six-episode television version of his edgy adult cartoon feature “Immigrants (LA Dolce Vita)”.

The feature — which emerged from a U.S. pilot TV series that did not in the end get commissioned — has sold at the EFM to Germany’s Savoy Film (which also picked up wartime drama “Rose’s Story” and “Egon & Donci”, Hungary’s first 3D animation) and Turkey’s Ozen Film.

Strong interest in the feature also has been expressed by Japanese and French buyers.

Now sales agents HungariCom are targeting TV buyers as well for a six-part version that significantly expands on the storylines found in the feature.

The television version, which features the same cast of attractively obnoxious characters lead by Vlad, a fat Russian illegal alien, and Joska a skinny Hungarian immigrant whose major obsessions are food and chasing girls, offers new markets says sales executive Viktor Dudas.

“Television is a new market for us and gives us wider opportunities to pitch ‘Immigrants’,” Dudas said.

“Csupo has taken six storylines and built 26 minute episodes around them to deepen and expand the adventures seen in the feature.”

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