U.K. companies team up to co-develop series based on Awesome founder Jeff Norton’s picture book property.
LONDON -- London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment, the company founded by Canadian-born creator, author and screenwriter Jeff Norton, and award-winning Welsh studio Cloth Cat Animation are entering an agreement to co-develop book property Stomp School for television. The deal was brokered by Industry Media.
Stomp School is the debut picture book from award-winning author and writer-producer Jeff Norton. It is illustrated by Leo Antolini and was published in August 2017 by Caterpillar Books (an imprint of Little Tiger Press), to rave reviews.
Jeff Norton says: “I’m thrilled that Stomp School has found a nurturing home in Cloth Cat Animation, a creatively-driven company that will bring this eccentric cast of characters to life.”
Adam Bailey, Head of Animation Development at Cloth Cat Animation says: “When I first saw the book, I found it instantly relatable to my own kids and how they like to build and destroy! We see so much potential in the colourful and modern style of the illustrations, which builds on the high quality work that Cloth Cat has developed a reputation for.”Jon Rennie, Managing Director of Cloth Cat Animation adds: “We're delighted to work with Jeff to develop Stomp School as an animated series. The book immediately caught our imaginations when Jeff first pitched it to us and we know it will make for a fun, energetic series for both kids and their parents, who have themselves grown up with kaiju stories!”
The book stars Rikki, a little kaiju who just loves to build things. Kaiju is a Japanese word that has come to mean “giant monster.” Find out what happens on his first day at Stomp School, where he is in for a few surprises! Inspired by Jeff’s own challenges of childcare for his son, every parent will identify with the universal themes of creativity and destruction.
Stomp School is about having fun and being yourself; it takes the conceit of the city-stomping kaiju monster and flips the expectations on its head. The first book explores the anxiety of going to school and presents a positive fatherly role model.
Source: Awesome Media & Entertainment