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Frederator Options 'Catlantis' for Animated Series

Studio will develop and pitch series based on the acclaimed and popular tale by Russian author Anna Starobinets.

Frederator has optioned Anna Starobinets' popular children's book 'Catlantis' for development as an animated series.

Frederator Studios, a WOW! Unlimited Media company, has acquired rights to develop and pitch an animated series based on the critically acclaimed children’s book Catlantis, by Russian novelist and children’s book author Anna Starobinets.

Selected as a children’s book of the year, by both The Telegraph and The Observer, which also called it “madcap and highly original,” the highly cat-tivating tale will be story edited by Brydie Lee-Kennedy (The Amazing World of Gumball, Bravest Warriors).

 “Anna’s work has not only an enchanting story with wonderful charm, but also, by good luck, cats,” says Eric Homan, VP of development at Frederator Studios. “We’re working hard to build a crack team to make the cartoon adaption of Catlantis just as special.”

The epic adventure of The Odyssey mixed with the eclectically delightful characters of The Canterbury Tales, Catlantis follows Baguette, a loafing house cat, who must travel back through time to complete a true hero’s task in order to marry the love of his life and restore peace to the ancient fabled city of Catlantis. Since it debuted in 2015, the book has accrued numerous fans and accolades across the globe.

Frederator Studios, founded in 1998 by former Hanna-Barbera president, Fred Seibert, has produced hit series such as Butch Hartman’s The Fairly OddParents on Nickeloden, Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time on Cartoon Network and Netflix’s Castlevania.

Starobinets is an acclaimed, award-winning Russian novelist, children’s author, scriptwriter and journalist. She is best known as a writer of dystopian, metaphysical and horror novels and short stories, and has been called “the Russian Queen of Horror.” Catlantis is her second children’s book.

Source: Frederator Studios

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