Jean-Claude Mourlevat has sold over one million copies of "La rivière à l’envers" in France and numerous other countries and he has recently won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.


'The Upside Down River'


French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo will develop and produce the adaptation of "La rivière à l’envers" novel from Jean-Claude Mourlevat, who recently has won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The new series will call 'The Upside Down River' and Canal+, France has commissioned Dandelooo to develop and produce the nine 26-minute episodes.

Jean-Claude Mourlevat’s inspiring novel "La rivière à l’envers", published by Editis Group, has sold over one million copies in France and numerous other countries including Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Spain and Germany, and has recently been published in English by Andersen Press for the English-speaking world.

Dandelooo’s animation studio Ooolala in la Cartoucherie, Valence (France) will produce the new 2D animation in co-operation with Canal+ Family.  Directed by Paul Leluc ('The Wolf', 'The Long Long Holiday'), written by Jean Regnaud ('Ernest & Celestine') and Marie de Banville ('Tobie Lolness'), the series targeted at 8 to 12-year olds is set for delivery in early 2022. Dandelooo will be responsible for worldwide distribution.

'The Upside Down River' is an adventurous quest in a poetic fantasy world following Hannah’s search for water drops from the Qjar river in order to heal her sacred bird.  She’s followed in her hunt by Tomek, a shy boy, whose world is turned upside down when she enters his shop.

Emmanuèle Pétry Sirvin, Co-Founder of Dandelooo, commented, “My partner at Dandelooo, Jean Baptiste and I are extremely excited and proud to have this unique opportunity to adapt this wonderful story, enhanced by an original design from the talented Chloé Cruchaudet and Thomas Reteuna.”

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