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NATPE News: Grace Animation Prays Buyers Go Ape For AAoA

Grace Animation Studios ceo Christopher Turner is assembling a production team to produce 26 new animated half-hour series of the THE AVENGING APES OF AFRICA (AAoA) for worldwide distribution. Grace will be showing a promo and first episode of the series at NATPE.

THE AVENGING APES OF AFRICA is an exciting action/adventure series for kids 6-12, where five transmuted ape brothers, and their exploration friends span the globe protecting and defending all animals of the world from the dreaded Mr. Harry B. Richborne and his worldwide band of pitiless poachers.

The series is unique, says Turner. Mainly, because it possesses a montage of entertaining and educational values. THE AVENGING APES OF AFRICA are quintessential animated superheroes. They are human enough to be believable allowing kids to become hooked or immersed in the TV series, yet animated enough to be true fantasy, which allows kids to make-believe in role playing and, game or toy play activities, continues Turner.

Each episode will contain awesome storytelling, spine-tingling action, side-splitting humor, jamming mini-musical AAoA benefit concerts all in different breath-taking remote jungles, forest, mountains, wetlands, and oceans all around the world, according to Turner.

Grace Animation Studios has set veteran animation producer, Bill Hutten, to head up the production team to deliver the superior quality needed in the market today. He, along with a production company from China, have produced a promo video, which can be viewed at the AAoAs official Website, Peter Gould, renowned videogame executive will consult and advise on all major licensing opportunities like videogames, publishing and toys.

The budget for the 26 episode series is estimated at $7 million, according to Turner. We are aligning and seeking a solid array of financial support to produce a top-notch worldwide 2D animated series, Turner continues. Our goal is to finalize the funding so the series will be available to start broadcast by September 2004, and to be presented at Octobers MIPCOM Jr. event.

Turner may be contacted at 859-329-0570 or via e-mail at

Grace is talking to potential distributors for tentative presale commitments in all markets and looking for partners as well.

Founded in 1990 in Danville, Kentucky, privately held Grace Animation Studios aims to create quality children's entertainment, which both entertains and educates. Grace has several other properties ready for development once the AVENGING APES takes off.