Annecy: France’s Millimages, Korea’s CJ Ent. Team for ‘Cherry Coco’

Short-format toon series based on the Line emoticon sticker character

Cherry Coco
Courtesy of Millimages

CJ Entertainment, one of South Korea’s biggest content producers-distributors, will team with top French animation producer Millimages to co-produce TV toon series “Cherry Coco,” based on the emoticon sticker character created by Sumi Park.

The co-production pact adds to a building canon of deals between high-profile French animation companies and big groups in Hollywood and now Asia that see animation being carried out in France, here at Millimages’ own Paris studio.

Described by Millimages as an “emblematic character in Asia,” Cherry Coco is among the top five emoticons downloaded by users of Line, a Korean-Japanese instant messaging service, Millimages added in a statement Monday.

The official co-production contract between Millimages and CJ Entertainment will be signed on June 16 at the Mifa market of France’s Annecy Animation Festival.

A 78-part pre-school short-format series, “Cherry Coco” centers on its eponymous heroine, a joyful little girl who sets off each day with her friends to explore the fantasy world of her own imagination.

Launched by chairman-CEO Roch Lener in 1990, the Paris-based Millimages is known for cartoon TV series such as “64 Zoo Lane” and “Louie,” the latter aired by Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.

Millimages has already seen success with a first emoticon-sourced TV toon series “Molang,” which, co-produced with France’s Canal Plus, expanded on the universe of the same-named chubby bunny from Korea. A non-dialog short-format series, with each episode running no more than three-and-a-half minutes, “Molang” has sold to more than 150 territories, clinching a U.S. distribution deal with Disney Junior.