Disney Junior and France 5 set to air Entertainment One’s new animated preschool super hero series produced by Frog Box and TeamTO in the U.S. and France this fall.
LONDON -- Entertainment One Family (eOne) has announced its new CGI animated series, PJ Masks. PJ Masks will debut in the U.S. on September 18th on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series will debut in France later this fall on France 5. It will roll out on the Disney Junior channels around the world from 2016.
PJ Masks is produced by eOne and Frog Box, in collaboration with the award-winning French animation studio TeamTO, as well as Disney Junior and France 5. The series is based on French author Romuald Racioppo’s imaginative book series, “Les Pyjamasques,” a much-loved publishing property in its native France, where the books debuted in 2008.
“Our new landmark property, PJ Masks, brings popular superhero themes to a preschool audience and we’re incredibly excited about the upcoming premiere on Disney Junior and France 5,” says Olivier Dumont, Managing Director of eOne Family. “PJ Masks is a winning combination -- both pre-school boys and girls will love and be empowered by the show’s heroic and fantasy based storylines whilst being able to relate to the central themes of friendship and teamwork.”
“I’m always incredibly impressed with the breadth of creative talent across Europe, including my home country of France,” comments Hélène Etzi, Senior Vice President General Manager, Disney Channels EMEA. “From the moment that Frog Box first pitched Romuald's book to us in our Paris office, we knew that a PJ Masks series could deliver a new kind of age-appropriate super-hero adventure with great characters, universal themes, and sharp storylines that would strike a chord with pre-schoolers and their parents around the world. Helping to bring this series to life in collaboration with Frog Box, leading independent, eOne, and top animation studio, TeamTO, underlines our commitment to creating and sourcing the very best content for kids that not only works on a local level, but a global basis too, no matter where the ideas and stories are created.”
PJ Masks follows the night time adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic super hero alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put their pajamas on at night and activate their animal amulets. Together they embark on action packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.
“This property exemplifies what we’re really trying to do with our overall offering,” adds Dumont. “We’re creating highly sought-after original content with global multi-platform potential. Our long-term strategy is to build a robust portfolio with exciting marketing prospects for boys and girls in each key age group and strong digital and ancillary avenues to maximize our already prolific licensing infrastructure. The licensing program for PJ Masks will skew slightly more towards boys, which perfectly complements the girl-skewing licensing program for Peppa Pig.”
Source: Entertainment One