Company will develop, co-produce and distribute 52 original episodes, launching in 2021.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Zoonicorn, the multiplatform animated preschool brand featuring a Zooniverse of enchanting characters, has teamed up with Toonz Media Group, a global leader in family entertainment, for a development, co-production and distribution partnership that will launch 52 seven-minute episodes in 2021. The new 3D CGI content will be distributed for the worldwide TV and digital marketplace by Toonz.
A magical mix of zebra and unicorn, the Zoonicorns inhabit the dreams of young animals, taking them on amazing adventures to help learn important social-emotional skills. When the dream is over, the young animal wakes up feeling self-confident and with decision-making skills necessary to overcome whatever challenges they are facing.
“It has been so important for us to find the right partner for Zoonicorn – a wonderfully creative team of unparalleled animators and writers that truly gets the fun and adventure of our brand as well as the underlying social-emotional modeling that is essential to the Zoonicorn experience,” said Mark Lubratt, creator of Zoonicorn “We are thrilled to have found that partner with Toonz. With this collaboration, we are able to tell more in-depth stories, dive deeper into the development of our beloved characters and expand the Zooniverse to reach new audiences around the world.”
Mr. P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Media Group, commented, “We are delighted to be partnering on the wonderful Zoonicorn property to develop, co-produce and distribute the CGI TV series. I have no doubt that it will both entertain and empower kids during their all-important social-emotional skills learning stages, helping them on their journey through life.”
The growing line of Zoonicorn products have continued to expand since the launch of the brand in 2015. In 2018, Zoonicorn and Jay@Play introduced a new interactive Zoonicorn plush as part of Jay@Play’s ‘Wish Me’ brand. Other products include a picture book, three interactive story apps and four games available for download and on the Zoonicorn website and available on both iTunes and Google Play. Zoonicorn debuted a new limited-edition apparel line in Fall, 2019.
The 11 Zoonicorn music videos have been a hit on YouTube with additional Sing Along videos offered exclusively on Kidoodle.TV, Kid Genius Cartoons, Happy Kids TV, Toon Goggles Jr and Kabillion. Under the terms of the agreement with Toonz, Zoonicorn retains all licensing rights. Licensing for the property is headed by J'net Smith, Zoonicorn’s Brand & Licensing Director.
Source: Toonz Media Group