Popular 2D slapstick comedy heads to MIPCOM 2021 with episode 1 of the brand-new season; final delivery of all-new episodes and specials is scheduled for Fall 2022.
Xilam Animation is launching Season 2 of its popular 2D animated slapstick comedy series Mr. Magoo, featuring a further 69 x 7’ episodes and three extended-length 21-minute specials. Currently in production, the first episode will be available at MIPCOM 2021 with full delivery scheduled for September 2022.
Pre-sales have already been secured for the new season with Télévisions, CITV (UK), VRT Ketnet (Belgium), RTS (Switzerland), Radio Canada, and Warner Media for Germany, CEE and Africa. According to Xilam Animation, the show’s first season (78 x 7’) became CITV’s best launch in Q2 2019 with 11.3% market share and the channel’s second most watched program of the year with 6 million hours viewed. The animation studio also reports that on France 4, the series generated a 9.8% average market share among kids aged 4-10 since debuting in January 2019 and on Boomerang in Germany, it was the channel’s best performing show among kids aged 3-5 during Q3 2020.
“Mr. Magoo has managed to stumble into the hearts of kids and their families around the world, as demonstrated by the first season’s outstanding ratings and the strong level of early broadcaster commitment to Season 2,” shared Xilam Animation EVP of distribution Morgann Favennec. “We’re really looking forward to introducing audiences around the world to a brand-new instalment of this wonderfully optimistic and heart-warming show, which promises even more entertainment, fun and surprises.”
Targeting kids aged 6-10 years, Mr. Magoo has been adapted by the late Olivier Jean-Marie and Xilam’s Hugo Gittard from John Hubley’s original series, created in 1949. The show’s first season was originally commissioned by France Télévisions. The series follows the lively, kind-hearted, and cheerful Mr. Magoo, who is always happy to give a helping hand. But beware - he also causes disasters! Without his glasses, he mistakes his surroundings for other places, gets people mixed up, and wreaks havoc everywhere he goes. All his neighbors have adjusted to his uniqueness…except for one: a megalomaniac hamster by the name of Fizz. Fizz has one goal, and that is to have all of humanity recognize his tremendous genius. He’s determined to leave his mark on history, but somehow Magoo always interferes, forever thwarting Fizz’s crazy plans!
The new second season is co-directed by Christophe Pinto and Eric Bastier and will bring audiences more wild pursuits, unbelievable rescues by Mr. Cat, fails for Fizz and Weasel, gadgets, and unexpected plot twists. The three special episodes will unveil the character’s origins, looking at Mr. Magoo and Weasel’s first encounter, how Mr. Cat barged into Mr. Magoo’s life, and how Weasel and Fizz first clicked.
Season 1 is currently available in 15 languages and airs in 160 countries, with additional broadcast partners including: Turner’s Boomerang channel in France, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, Turkey and Nordics; CBS All Access (US); Cartoon Network (Asia); Discovery Kids (Latin America); Super RTL (Germany); SIC K (Portugal); RTVE (Spain); and Discovery and DEA Kids (Italy).
Source: Xilam Animation