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Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Kiff’ Buddy Comedy

The “nutty” animated series about an optimistic but prone to chaos squirrel and her best friend Barry the Bunny, from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal, was revealed today at Annecy 2021; series set to debut in 2023.

Disney Channel has ordered Kiff, a nutty animated buddy-comedy series from South African creators and executive producers Lucy Heavens (Space Chickens in Space) and Nic Smal (Caillou), set to debut in 2023. Emmy Award winner Kent Osborne (SpongeBob SquarePants, Phineas and Ferb) is onboard as co-producer and story editor. The news and concept art for the new series were revealed today at Annecy 2021, which this year celebrates African animation.

The series follows Kiff, an optimistic squirrel whose best intentions often lead to complete chaos, and her best friend Barry, a sweet and mellow bunny. Set in the bustling mountains, where animals and magical creatures live together in harmony, the series features the duo, who take the town by storm with their endless adventures and zest for life. Each half-hour episode, comprised of two 11-minute stories, will include a new original song.

"'Kiff,' a slang word for 'cool' in South Africa, was inspired by the people and places we experienced when we were growing up in Cape Town, with many of the characters reflecting the personalities of our own family and friends,” shared Heavens and Smal. “It's really 'kiff' that we can now share a bit of our world with kids and families everywhere."

"Lucy and Nic are a brilliant creative team who produced a fresh and funny series with vibrant visuals that help bring the friendship between a squirrel and a bunny to life in a unique way,” noted Meredith Roberts, senior vice president/general manager, Television Animation, Disney Channels. “We can't wait to introduce viewers to Kiff, Barry and their whole wonderfully wacky world."

Kiff is produced by Titmouse in association with Disney Channel.

Source: Disney Channel