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MIPCOM News: Fremantle To Bounce New Animated Concepts

The Fremantle Corp. will introduce innovative shows for both kids and young adults at this years MIPCOM beginning with the eye-popping new 3D animation series, UNDERGROUND ERNIE, for kids 4-8. From the producers (3D Films and Joella Films) of the British pre-school hit, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, the new series features a magical collection of talking subway trains and a character named Ernie who keeps them all running on schedule. The rich and colorful computer visuals are enhanced by the voice of Gary Lineker and music by the U.K. pop group, Wonderlust.

Another debut scheduled at the Fremantle stand R35.14 is the worlds first exercise show for kids combining animation and live action. BOUNCYMATION aims to start a small revolution in kids TV by getting pre-schoolers up out of their chairs and on to their feet. A baby tiger named Bouncy hosts this innovative fun and fitness series that will debut just at a time of heightened public concern over health threats to children from inactivity and obesity. Fremantle and Animage in the U.K. produce this series.

The clip-rich one-hour Bravo special, THE ANIMATED CENTURY, produced by Rembrandt Films, will be shown overseas for the first time at MIPCOM. The special delves into all forms of animation from cel to puppet to sand. Included in the special are works from Emile Reynaud, Winsor McCay, the Fleischer Bros., Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Jiri Trnka, Raoul Servais, Yuri Norstein and many more.

Fremantle ( is also bringing EUROPEAN ART AT THE MET, which features classical music and art videos, undistracted by academic speeches. CAN YOU TELL? Is an edgy, hip new game show from Oxygen Network that asks: Whos who and whats what? in a format that might be called TO TELL THE TRUTH for the 21st century. In addition, GIRLS BEHAVING BADLY, the sexy hidden camera comedy hit from Oxygen, returns for its third big season. The Fremantle catalog also features a wide and varied slate of hit soap operas, comedies and documentaries, including ALL MY CHILDREN, now in its 33rd season on ABC-TV, CANDID CAMERA and a spectacular series of complete Broadway musicals, all shot in HDTV, called DIRECT FROM BROADWAY.