The ambitious new, hyperrealistic CGI comedy series is in pre-production for a planned 2019 broadcast.
ANNECY, FRANCE -- European CGI studio TeamTO has announced the presale of its ambitious new comedy series Take it Easy Mike (78 x 7 minutes) to leading European networks France Télévisions (France) and SUPER RTL (Germany). The series is Currently in pre-production, with a planned 2019 broadcast.
Pierre Siracusa, Director of Animation, France Télévisions, said: “... TeamTO ... have created a world of animated characters that look genuinely real. The level of hyperrealism attained in this series radically changes our expectations of traditional animation, opening a whole new world of possibilities for developing characters, the richness of the expressions, and even the scope of physical gags …We are so grateful to join Corinne and Guillaume on this exciting experience!”
Carsten Göttel, SUPER RTL’s Program Director, added, “As Loriot, one of the most famous German cartoonist and humorist, already said, ‘A pugless life is possible, yet pointless.’ We fully agree and are very excited to be part of this hilarious series from TeamTO.”
Guillaume Hellouin, President of TeamTO also commented, “It is amazingly exciting to see this show coming to life -- in a literal sense. From a creative standpoint, we have been able to stretch the boundaries of animated comedy beyond anything we have done before, thanks to the technical sophistication of this photorealistic production. It has been a real breakthrough for our studio – and we are thrilled to have our long-time partners France Télévisions and SUPER RTL join us on this adventure.”
Co-produced with Canada’s Digital Dimension, Take it Easy Mike is a dialogue-free, slapstick comedy from the creators of TeamTO’s Oscar’s Oasis, in the style of Tom & Jerry-meets-silly pet videos. The non-stop action is directed by Franz Kirchner (Angelo Rules) and Antoine Bouron (Rabbids Invasion). Worldwide distribution (excluding France, Germany and China) will be handled by kids entertainment specialist CAKE.
At the heart of the series is Mike, a refined pug with boundless energy and sophisticated tastes who’s set on seducing Cindy, the lovely neighbor’s dog. Sadly, his plans never work out, as a bunch of trouble-makers always interfere: Freddy and Mercury the raccoons, Fluffy the cutest kitten and the turtle trio have a knack for showing up at the worst possible moments.