The series is being developed and produced at Imira’s production facility in Spain.
Clan, a children’s TV channel from the Spanish public service broadcaster TVE, has joined Imira Entertainment, the Spanish subsidiary of Toonz Media Group, as co-producers of the 2D kids’ animation series titled Sunnyside Billy.
The flagship original production of Toonz was conceptualised by a team led by the legendary animation master Olivier Jean-Marie, who passed away in May.
Targeted at seven-plus year-olds, Sunnyside Billy is an upbeat action-packed comedy about a friendly fried egg ‘Billy’, who is oddly positive about every situation. The pre-adolescent Billy and his band of friends are on a mission to protect their friend, the mythical ‘Big Fish’, from the prying eyes of the greedy ‘Tooth’. The series is all about friendship, spreading positivity and facing problems without losing heart. The show, which will feature an original musical score, also has protection of environment and ecology as a recurring theme.
The international, award-winning production team of the series includes Belgian creator Jan Van Rijsselberge, who was part of the original creative team that conceptualised the show along with Jean-Marie. Rijsselberge’s credits include shows such as Robot Boy and Dude, That’s My Ghost!. Toonz CEO P. Jayakumar and CEO of Imira Carlos Biern serve as executive producers of the show.
Speaking about the series, P Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz, said: “Sunnyside Billy is a truly international show with a very strong pedigree, coming from the creators of superhits like Oggy and the Cockroaches and Zig and Sharko. It is one of the last projects that Olivier Jean-Marie worked on. Together with Clan, we are committed to produce this series in the highest standards and elevate it to the ranks of the greatest ever kids animation shows made.”
Carlos Biern added: “We are very excited to partner again with TVE creating together international shows incorporating top animation teams from Spain, where female artists are equally represented, with great award-winning creators on board. We see no better channel to partner for this show but Clan in Spain.”
Yago Fandiño, Head of Content for Children in TVE, stated: “A funny, original series that brings together the legacy of Olivier’s irreverent and zany humour with a new generation of Spanish creators.”
Previous co-productions between Clan and Toonz in Spain include shows like Sandra, the Fairy Tale Detective and Bat Pat. The 52×11’ Sunnyside Billy is being developed and produced at Imira’s production facilities in Spain. Post-production works will be done at Toonz’s Irish subsidiary studio Telegael. Sunnyside Billy is expected to roll out in Q1 2023.