By Animation Magazine, Mercedes Milligan, 2 June 2019
Animasia Studio (Malaysia) has licensed two of its popular animated series, ABC Monsters and Chuck Chicken, to Canada’s Toon-A-Vision, and has announced a collaboration with MCN and Dot Republic Media in Pakistan to dub its series Fairytales from the Orient into Urdu, to be uploaded to YouTube as a weekly series.
ABC Monsters is airing on Toon-A-Vision’s “The Lagoon” preschool block weekdays at 6:30 a.m., while Chuck Chicken airs at 8 a.m. every Sunday morning. Owned by Atlantic Digital Networks, the Toon-A-Vision TV channel is dedicated to children and family content.
“ABC Monsters is an important addition to Toon-A-Vision’s broadcast schedule. It has a safe, strong educational curriculum as well as a unique positive message in each episode which our young viewers and their parents will enjoy. It is not available anywhere else in Canada, so we hope parents will tune in with their young ones each weekday morning to start their day,” said Adam Mimnagh, President of Toon-A-Vision.
“Animasia is always working very hard to build upon the global success of our IP portfolio. North America is always important to our business and presents a significant growth opportunity across our lineup of kids’ animated content. This latest partnership with Toon-A-Vision highlights the universal appeal & quality of our content,”said Raye Lee, Executive Director of Animasia Studio. “We’re thrilled to have secured our first Canadian broadcast deal for ABC Monsters & Chuck Chicken and to introduce our fun alphabet monsters and kung fu chicken to Canadian audiences.”
The Urdu version of Fairytales from the Orient marks the first in many planned collaborations between Animasi and DRM as they continue to explore the kids’ content market for South Asian audiences around the world. Episodes will be available through the Cartoons Central channel on YouTube, with future plans for a dedicated YT channel for the show.
“We’ve always wanted to collaborate with DRM to further expand our digital platform business, not just in South Asia but in Urdu-speaking countries as well. We’re seeing great results already, and we can’t wait to see how both Animasia and DRM will have a mutually beneficial collaboration in the long run. I am confident that DRM’s experienced team of savvy professionals are the right people to work with as we continue to build our brands for success on the YouTube platform,” said Lee.
“We are thrilled to take Animasia as a strategic partner in creating kids content and distribution if their current assets in Pakistan, in our native language. As the content is based on good entertainment, moral values, and knowledge base we are hoping to create a niche of audience which is right now completely unattended,” commented Adnan Butt, CEO of Dot Republic Media. “Who knows, we might be writing the greatest chapter of kids content in this market, and who else can be a better partner than Animasia?”
About the shows:
ABC Monsters (26 x 22′, preschool) follows the adventures of Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry as they seek out the curious, lovable and happy ABC Monsters before they wander off and disappear from Capital Town. Along the way they laugh, sing and clap along as they discover just how much fun words and letters can be.
Chuck Chicken (52 x 11′, kids 7-11) is an action-comedy set on Rocky Perch Island, where our hero Chuck provides kung fu-style security and protection for the citizens using his inherited Golden Egg, filled with 12 amazing powers and abilities, and help from his friends Flick and Wing.
Fairytales from the Orient (26 x 22′, kids 4-10) is a 2D animated series that features various folklore adventures from all over Asia, such as “Si Tenggang” and “Bawang Merah” from Malaysia, “Sang Beruang” and “Sang Harimau” from India, “Urashima Taro” from Japan, and many more. The series has aired on TV2 in Malaysia, Suria in Singapore, MNCTV in Indonesia and Jeem TV in the Middle East.