Chilean toon houses Nino Viejo Animation, Pinata Corp and Punkrobot Studio have partnered to co-produce animated TV series “The Legend of Zeta & Ozz,” a project selected to form part of Annecy 2015’s Mifa market pitches.
Targeting teens and young adults, the 2D computer-generated TV series turns on two friends, Zeta, an extremely egocentric fox, and Ozz, a childish enthusiastic bear, trying to show the world they are the best at everything. They see the chance to compete everywhere, even when there is no need or nobody challenging them.
Created and written by Pinata Corp’s Bambu (aka Jorge Orellana), directed by Leo Beltran at Nino Viejo, and exec produced by Punkrobot’s Pato Escala, project will be presented Thursday June 18 as part of the TV Series/Specials Pitches Program at Annecy’s Mifa market.
“The Legend of Zeta & Ozz” offers “a history of characters with notoriously developed flaws, basically losers, but they are so enthusiastic and determined that never give up and become lovable for the audience,” Bambu says.
“Legend’s” production partners have been mentored by Disney EMEA for their Mifa pitching, Pato Escala said. Currently, they are working on a “Legend” pilot episode on track to launch at Mip Junior in 2016, and developing treatments for a 39-episode seven-minute season.
Fully financed, project development is backed by Chile’s National Council for Culture and Arts.
Boasting one of Latin America’s fastest-growing animation industries, Chile has been a regular presence in key international toon markets and festivals in recent years.
“There is a large creative and artistic talent, eager to produce, which has prompted the development of an industry which is still emerging but, with the necessary support, can consolidate in the short term,” Escala says.
Pursuing that goal, one key factor has been the creation of Chilean animation producers org Animachi, which has coordinated and promoted the sector’s international development, Escala adds.