21 JUN 2021

DISNEY CHANNEL UNVEILS NEW “KIFF” ORIGINAL

The new South African series created by Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal, is set to debut in 2023. The project was announced at the African-animation celebration event, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

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Disney Channel has ordered "Kiff," a nutty animated buddy-comedy series from South African creators and executive producers Lucy Heavens, who worked on "Space Chickens in Space" and Nic Smal, who contributed to "Caillou." The new original is set to debut in 2023. 

"Kiff" is produced by Titmouse in association with Disney Channel. Kent Osborne serves as co-producer and story editor. "Lucy and Nic are a brilliant creative team who produced a fresh and funny series with vibrant visuals that help bring the friendship between a squirrel and a bunny to life in a unique way,” Meredith Roberts, senior vice president/general manager, Television Animation, Disney Channels, said. “We can't wait to introduce viewers to Kiff, Barry, and their whole wonderfully wacky world.”

 The news and concept art for the new series was revealed today at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which celebrates African animation this year. Each half-hour episode, comprised of two 11-minute stories, will include a new original song. 

The series follows Kiff, an optimistic squirrel whose best intentions often lead to complete chaos, and her best friend Barry, a sweet and mellow bunny. Set in the bustling mountains, where animals and magical creatures live together in harmony, the series features the duo, who take the town by storm with their endless adventures and zest for life. '"Kiff,' a slang word for 'cool' in South Africa, was inspired by the people and places we experienced when we were growing up in Cape Town, with many of the characters reflecting the personalities of our own family and friends," Heavens and Smal said. "It's really 'kiff' that we can now share a bit of our world with kids and families everywhere."

Lucy and Nic are a brilliant creative team who produced a fresh and funny series with vibrant visuals that help bring the friendship between a squirrel and a bunny to life in a unique way. We can't wait to introduce viewers to Kiff, Barry, and their whole wonderfully wacky world.” Meredith Roberts Senior Vice President/General Manager, Television Animation, Disney Channels