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Gallic toon mice in Fox family

Rare example of French content selling in U.S.

PARIS — In a rare example of French television programming being sold to the U.S., upcoming kids cabler Fox Family has picked up “Bob and Scott” from private French net TF1.

Bob and Scott are 3-D animated mice, joined last September by a third mouse, Zoe. The trio act as toon presenters for TF1’s popular early morning animation show “Salut Les Toons.”

“We were rather surprised when Fox approached us, as we had designed the mice for TF1 and hadn’t really thought about selling them,” notes Dominique Poussier, head of children’s programming at TF1.

Fox Family has acquired 300 ‘modules’ of “Bob and Scott,” varying in length from 20 to 60 seconds. “On average, we use five or six modules per day,” says Poussier, who introduced the mice onto TF1 in September 1996.

An average module typically includes the trio making a joke or simply inviting kids to “watch a cartoon.” Titles of what is about to be aired aren’t mentioned. “That means that Fox can simply dub jokes,” notes Poussier.