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Aardman Partners with Sunrise on ‘Munki and Trunk’

Aardman and Sunrise to debut new CG-animated preschool series at MIPCOM Junior. 

BRISTOL, U.K. -- Aardman has announced a new global TV distribution partnership between their Rights and Brand Development division and Cape Town-based studio Sunrise Productions. Aardman will represent Sunrise’s brand-new animated series Munki and Trunk (52 x 7’), which will premiere at MIPCOM Junior.

 “We are really excited to be teaming up with Sunrise Productions, a pioneering studio who has a similar approach to producing high-quality animation as we do here at Aardman,” Alison Taylor, Aardman’s newly-appointed head of sales and acquisitions commented. “Munki and Trunk is a beautifully crafted CGI series, with wonderful character design and brilliantly funny storylines. It’s sure to make kids laugh out loud and we are excited to be showing it to our partners for the very first time at MIPCOM Junior.”

“We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious studio as Aardman. We have ambitious plans for Munki and Trunk building off the TV series including a series of feature films, physical attractions and an exciting licensing and partnership strategy,” added Phil Cunningham founder at Sunrise Productions. “We know that Alison and her team are the perfect distribution partners for our TV series and this is a vital part of building the brand globally.”

Sunrise made several hires this year including former Discovery and Turner Exec Jennifer Burgos, award winning writer Will Brenton, who has co-created, written, produced and directed some of today’s best known program for children, including The Tweenies, and writer Robin Crowther-Smith who has written on Shaun the Sheep and Morph. The studio is best known for its award-winning flagship show, Jungle Beat, which has been broadcast in more than 180 countries, as well as its 3D sport animated characters for high-profile sports brands including England Rugby’s Football Union, the Welsh Rugby Rugby Union and Juventus Football Club.

Munki and Trunk is a tree crashing, rock smashing, water splashing, fruit mashing, knock about comedy adventure for kids aged 4-7 years. Munki is caring, Trunk is crafty, but they are the best of friends. No matter if they are facing rolling boulders, bouncing mushrooms or grumpy hedgehogs, they do it together giggling all the way.

Source: Aardman