Master illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini will get a youthful treatment in “Houdini,” a French animated series set to be pitched at Cartoon Forum, the Toulouse-based co-production mini-mart.
Toon series – comprising 26 half-hours– is produced by Jean-Baptiste Wery and Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin at France’s Dandelooo, which is competing for a Cartoon Tribute.
Set in 1887, the series follows the adventures of Houdini, a gifted 11-year-old illusionist driven by an urge to analyse the many mysteries of New York, which tend to get him embroiled in dubious situations.
Cédric Babouche, the co-author of the novels that served as source material for the series, is directing.
Although the series is not based on a major franchise, it still holds a large potential due to the near-cult status of Harry Houdini, explained Petry-Sirvinn who will be pitching the show at Cartoon Forum.
Aside from the TV series, Dandeldoo is also delivering a TV special that has already been picked up in more than 20 territories.
So far, Dandeldoo, which handles international sales, has inked pre-sales with France Television, RTBF and VRT (Belgium) , DR (Denmark, Sinema TV (Turkey) , Gloob, (Brazil), TVG (Spain), NRK (Norway, Telequebec (Canada), MTVA (Hungary), among others.