The international coproduction will go straight into production and has reached commissions from North America and Nordic channels.
"Momolu and Friends"
Ferly, the Finnish animation studio, together with Canada-based Yellow Animation and Belgium’s Digital Graphics/Germany’s Atmosphere Media have announced the commission of their new preschool show "Momolu and Friends" (78x7minutes) by TVOKids (Canada), Knowledge (Canada), YLE (Finland), and SRC (Société Radio Canada).
The extension of the successful Momolu brand into a series is a co-production between Ferly, Yellow Animation, and Digital Graphics, an Atmosphere Media company. The series goes straight into production in Finland, Canada, and Belgium. Distribution in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will be handled by Atmosphere Media and the partners will jointly release the series on global channels from 2022.
Laura Nevanlinna, CEO of Ferly says “The Momolu brand is one where we can let our imaginations take us to delightful places full of wonder. Obviously, we love arts and crafts and we firmly believe encouraging children and families to get creative helps produce more well-rounded, self-confident people. For this series, we’ve brought together some of the brightest people in the industry from Canada, Finland, and Belgium. These influences can be seen in the essence of the series, but there is certainly a charming element of Nordic visual inspiration with Japanese and Asian vibes. We’re looking forward to expanding the universe of Momolu and all of the stories that will come from it.”
Peter Voelkle, CEO of Atmosphere Media and Director Digital Graphics says “Momolu is a delightful, sensitive series that young kids immediately fall in love with and it is a great brand franchise in the making. The number of commissioning partners already on board and the fact that we go to production right away speaks for the momentum Momolu has already developed. We are delighted to work with our friends at Ferly and Yellow and look forward to a great time full of fun, humour, and learning with our favourite panda Momolu and all his amazing friends.”
“TVOkids is proud to present programming that helps set children up for success in school and life,” says TVO’s Director of Kids TV Marney Malabar. “By modelling problem solving and teamwork, Momolu and Friends will teach kids the skills they need to make a smooth transition from home to kindergarten. We’re so excited to introduce our viewers to Momolu!”
LOVE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
Targeted at 2 to 4-year olds, "Momolu and Friends" is a 2D animated series with a diverse cast of characters. The series promotes a love of arts and crafts in young audiences, applying humour while also introducing them to important socio-emotional lessons. The IP was created by design specialist and arts educator Leena Fredriksson.
The series follows Momolu – a gentle, unassuming panda with a knack for stumbling into funny situations requiring his help. Each episode helps teach children how to problem-solve, manage challenges, and to work together to find solutions.
As the latest brand extension, "Momolu and Friends" joins "Momolu Minis", 41 episodes of short-form animation visible on YouTube, Kidoodle.TV and Playkids. Also in the Momolu universe is the Momolu Learning Game, available globally on the AppStore and GooglePlay and on Nintendo Switch from 2021, as well as Momolu Minis Music on US radio network Pinna.FM, a series of Audiobook Originals with audiobook platform Storytel, and Momolu ebooks on multiple reading platforms including US-based Epic!.
For this series, we’ve brought together some of the brightest people in the industry from Canada, Finland, and Belgium. These influences can be seen in the essence of the series, but there is certainly a charming element of Nordic visual inspiration with Japanese and Asian vibes” Laura Nevanlinna CEO of Ferly