New animation series created in Kilkenny will be seen by kids all over the world
KILKENNY’S multi Oscar nominated studio Cartoon Saloon has signed a new deal to create a major new animated series that will be broadcast across the world on the global kids’ network Nickelodeon.
The series, Dorg Van Dango, is an Ireland-Canada co-production from Cartoon Saloon and DHX Media, in association with Family Channel in Canada and RTÉ.
The Kilkenny studio, which has received a fourth Oscar nomination for its short film Late Afternoon, said: “So how about something totally different – yes we are making this awesome show that was created by the equally awesome Fabian Erlinghauser.
“We can’t wait for it to be shown to all of you cause we are super proud of the whole team working on it.”
Speaking at the announcement of the new series, Cartoon Saloon CEO Paul Young said: “I want to thank the very clever people at Nickelodeon for joining Cartoon Saloon and our wonderful colleagues at DHX Media on this journey to bring Dorg and his friends to an international audience.
“Our Emmy-winning comedy writer, Nick Murphy, has been leading a team of Irish and Canadian writers to create scripts that have left me crying laughing. Our creative team of Fabian Erlinghauser, from Cartoon Saloon, and Matt Ferguson, from DHX Media, are preparing a show that has a very colourful, original look. Something fresh for a new generation of kids out there. We’re all very excited!”
Under the agreement, Dorg Van Dango will air exclusively on Nickelodeon International’s channels, including in the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Spain, Central Eastern Europe, Poland, Israel, Latin America, Asia (excluding China), India, the Middle East and North Africa. Commissioning broadcaster Family Channel will air the new series in Canada.
A brand-new animated comedy for six to 11-year-olds, Dorg Van Dango follows the adventures of Dorg, a normal kid, living in the very normal town of Normill, until he meets up with The Magicals: Jet Lazor, the super-cool unicorn; Patronella, an ancient witch; RD, a curious alien; and Yooki, an eerie ghost. They are all escapees from Area 51 and are in desperate need of help and refuge. In order to blend them in with the citizens of Normill, Dorg disguises them as teenagers and hides them in the basement in the local shopping mall.