Emmy Award-winning French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo has secured several deals for “Billy the Cowboy Hamster,” a preschool series commissioned by France Televisions. Currently in production at Dandelooo’s animation studio Ooolala in la Cartoucherie, Valence, France, “Billy the Cowboy Hamster” has been presold to broadcasters Super RTL (Germany), DR (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), RTS (Switzerland), NRK (Norway), Arte Editions, KMBO (France), and TV5 Monde, among others.
Directed by Swiss illustrator Antoine Rota and Caz Murrell, “Billy the Cowboy Hamster” (52x11’), targeted at 4-7-year-olds, is based on the eponym series of six books by Dutch author and illustrator Catharina Valckx, published by l’école des loisirs. With over one million books sold in France and in numerous countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, China and Japan, “Billy the Cowboy Hamster” follows three friends, Billy, Jean-Claude the worm and Suzie the stone marten as they embark on thrill-seeking adventures.
“We love the world created by Catharina Valckx based on sincere kindness and true friendship. We are honored and delighted to say that she loves our adaptation and will include the new characters we created into her future books too!,” commented Emmanuèle Pétry Sirvin, Co-Founder of Dandelooo.