The animated series follows 11-year-old Kiran, who, after falling into a mythical world, must save Odysseus if he is ever to return home.
TeamTO’s new animated action-adventure-comedy series, Next Level: Odyssey (26 x 26”) has added Didier Ah-Koon as director as well as mythology expert Liv Albert, who provides background and accuracy on all Greek historical and literary references. The show, inspired by the book series “Panique dans la Mythologie” by Fabien Clavel and published by Rageot, targets kids ages 6–10. The studio plans on bringing the series to the upcoming Cartoon Forum and MIPCOM 2022 events.
“Greek mythology is a subject that continues to fascinate young people all over the world, it sparks their imagination,” commented TeamTo co-founder and the series producer Corinne Kouper. “We have a long-standing practice of engaging experts and consultants to ensure the authenticity and perfection of our storytelling. This wonderful, talented team not only ensures that we will have really interesting stories and background for our series, but also a high level of sophisticated comedy, which will be an important element of this show.”
Albert is a Canadian author and host of the podcast, Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!, which explores the world of mythology from an irreverent, feminist, and comical point of view. She is also the author of “Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook” and “Nectar of the Gods, From Hera's Hurricane to the Appletini of Discord, 75 Mythical Cocktails to Drink Like a Deity.”
Ah-Koon directed the short film Cro Minion (released on the Minions Blu-ray) and is the author of the comic books "Perseus" (winner of the 2019 Nickelodeon kid's comic book choice award) and "Minions." In addition, he has worked as a storyboard artist at studios including Illumination, Universal, and Sony, with credits that include The Lorax, Despicable Me 2, and The Secret Life of Pets.
Here’s TeamTO’s series synopsis:
One night while playing video games at the Louvre, where his dad works, 11-year-old Kiran falls through a portal into the world of mythology where Gods, Goddesses, and fantastical creatures are all doing their thing, and Kiran is mistaken for a butt-kicking warrior! However, to return home, he must accept his mission - to save the legendary Greek King, Odysseus. With the help of his new friend, junior goddess Leuki, Kiran discovers that being a hero takes more than brawn and that life back home with his dad, a workaholic archeologist, wasn’t so bad after all. Worlds collide in this retelling of the famous saga as ordinary-meets-extraordinary on a whole new level. The series is an original re-imagining of a classic story about family, friendship, facing fears, and finding your inner power.