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Barcelona shingle inks Belgian deal

D'Ocon to co-produce TV toon series with Pixanime

Barcelona toon producer and niche channel owner D’Ocon Films Productions has inked a deal with Belgian animation company Pixanime to co-produce a new TV series, “Hanbagui.”

Targeted at the infant/tween six-10 demo, the 3D series turns on an engaging blue-colored alien who is marooned in earth when his space ship has an accident. The extra-terrestial can morph into any object he likes, allowing for instructive adventures.

D’Ocon will handle pre-production, including scripts, and post. Animation will be farmed out to China.

“Hanbagui” is the latest in a raft of international co-productions from D’Ocon which include two 3D series for 10-12 targets with France’s Ellipse Anime, “Leonard,” and “Malika,” the first aimed at boys, the second at elusive girl auds.

Focusing on the day-to-day problems of an urban, pre-adolescent girl, “Malika” will begin production in 2005. D’Ocon will handle post-production at Barcelona’s just-opened new studio and high-tech complex Imagina.

One of Barcelona’s top toon production houses, in November the near two-decade-old D’Ocon launched a niche toon channel for Spain, Superene.

The channel offers obvious synergies for D’Ocon’s production ambitions. In one venture, for example, Superene will screen pilots of potential toon series and ask viewers to vote the most popular, which D’Ocon will then put into production.

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