Spain’s Mago Production will produce the animated TV series “Polinopolis” in co-production with France’s Godo Films and Mexico’s Apapacho Films. Barcelona-based Goldbee will handle international sales.
Also co-producing are public broadcasters TVE and TVC in Spain, as well as Argentine state kids channel Pakapaka, and the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies (ICEC). The series is written and directed by Martín Guido (“Flying Squirrels,” “Tin and Tan”).
“Polinopolis” is a 52-part series about family, friendship and diversity, in which each episode centers on five friends sharing a first-time experience. It “has a blend of unique characters who, despite their differences, learn to deal with their first-time experiences together, supporting each other,” Goldbee sales head Christophe Goldberg told Variety. The series has a “strong message for today’s youth, at a time where inclusion is on everyone’s mind,” he added.
The series tells the story of Yuca, an overgrown furry monster, and her very best friend Milo, a loud and impulsive human boy of Elfish heritage. Other characters of note are: Uma, a floating and perfectionist head who is a flying encyclopedia, Zabo, a spoiled and dandy bee; and Rocco, a talking rock. All of them are of the age in which experiencing something new happens almost every single day… and all this takes place in a matchless world called Polinopolis.
Peter Keydel at Mago Production assembled the creative and production crews. “We put together a truly international team of young talents from both Europe and Latin America for both creative [issues] and production. I am very happy to see their unique creative voice being so well reflected in ‘Polinopolis’,” he enthused.
According to the producers, in “Polinopolis,” the presence of the past is not only architectural. Ancient spirits, ghosts and specters roam the city and live together with the present-day Polinopolians. It’s perfectly normal to have an argument one morning with a 1,600 year-old specter, the next day help a family of rocks cross the street at rush hour, and on the weekend meet up for a picnic with a bunch of vegetarian Vikings.
Mexican producer Rubén Rojo at Apapacho said: “The ideas and aesthetics of the characters and backgrounds of Polinopolis represent our culture as much as many others in this world.
He added: “We plumbed our own backgrounds in order to create a universal message about what it is to experience things for the first time.”
Also a live action director, Rojo is about to complete his debut feature “Courage,” co-produced by Mago Production and Apapacho.