TOULOUSE, France– Cartoon Saloon, the Irish company best known for Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells,” is developing “Ellie the Ace,” an action-packed animated series.
The €4.5 million ($5.1 million) series project was pitched Sept. 24 by Cartoon Saloon’s Paul Young, Nora Twomey and Louise Bagnall at Cartoon Forum and garnered solid buzz from participants.
“Ellie the Ace” turns on an adventurous and endearing 10-year-old girl who flies across the floating islands of Lockhart and makes friends along the way. Series is directed (and created) by Bagnall, who last worked on the animation of “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” and collaborated on the character design of “The Secret of Kells.”
Cartoon Saloon is in advanced negotiations with Disney for multiple territories and Ireland’s broadcaster’s RTE. Both Disney and RTE sponsored the show to allow it to be pitched at Cartoon Forum.
“‘Ellie the Ace’ has a retro feel that’s not old-fashioned. It’s a very energetic show that boys and girls can connect to; and Ellie is a rare character in TV,” said Beth Gardiner, VP of original programming and development at the Walt Disney Co., EMEA. “This show really conveys a sense of adventure and a depth of storytelling.”
The series is also being conceived as a multi-platform – mobile, TV, tablet, Internet — property.
Moore’s followup to “Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea,” which Cartoon Saloon is also producing, will play Dec. 19 at GKids’ New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival.