MIFA 2022: Xilam partners with Disney to produce two new animated series

The shows included in the deals are "The Doomies" and "Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life."

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Xilam Animation has secured a set of deals with Disney to produce two new animated series for its Disney+ platform. “We are thrilled that Disney is supporting an original creation by Xilam in a highly innovative content segment – horror comedy for teens – which demonstrates the studio’s capacity to revitalise its offering," Marc du Pontavice, CEO of Xilam Animation, said.

At this week’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Disney confirmed the production of the upcoming series, "The Doomies," an original creation by Xilam Animation, which it will produce in the 22-part format. "The Doomies" was created by two established Xilam talents: Andres Fernandez (Zig and Sharko, Moka), who will also direct the series, and Remi Zarrour, AKA Pozla (Moka, Monkey Business). The series is a horror comedy and marks Xilam’s first project aimed at a teen audience.

The company also revealed it has ordered a second season of "Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life" from Xilam, in an extended 54-part format. The order builds on the success of the first season (39x7’), which launched on Disney+ in summer 2021. The upcoming second season will be directed by three experienced Xilam directors: Jean Cayrol, Fred Martin and Kahlil Ben Nahmane."We’re also proud to continue the Chip ‘n’ Dale adventure, which is a testament to Disney’s continued trust in our ability to bring back such iconic characters from their repertoire," du Pontavice said. "The success of the first season on Disney+ marks a new milestone in our expansion in the US market. I would like to extend special thanks to the Disney EMEA teams, who provided us with vital support for this achievement.”

In "The Doomies," when best friends Bobby and Romy mistakenly open up a gateway to another world, they turn their sleepy coastal town into a hotspot for terrifying creatures of doom. Roped into an epic supernatural mystery, they will cross paths with the so-called “Chosen One” and do battle with both literal and inner monsters. “At its heart 'The Doomies' is about ordinary kids dropped into utterly unreal and unspeakable peril. I think we can all relate to that. It’s always played for laughs, and we’ll cheer as Bobby and Romy somehow manage to save themselves and their town from seemingly certain doom," Orion Ross, VP Animation at Disney EMEA, said. "I also love the evocative and moody setting Andrès and the team at Xilam have created for this show, in an eerie town on the northern coast of France.”

"Chip & Dale: Park Life" stars Disney's much-loved chipmunk underdogs in a non-verbal, classic- style comedy, following the ups and downs of two little creatures living life in the big city. Combining the traditions of slapstick cartoons with contemporary, comedic character-driven narratives, season two introduces huge new adventures for the two tiny troublemakers. Nervous worrier Chip and laid-back dreamer Dale are joined in their perpetual pursuit of acorns by Donald, Pluto, Butch and other iconic Disney characters as they face down bullies, great and small.

At its heart 'The Doomies' is about ordinary kids dropped into utterly unreal and unspeakable peril. I think we can all relate to that. It’s always played for laughs, and we’ll cheer as Bobby and Romy somehow manage to save themselves and their town from seemingly certain doom. I also love the evocative and moody setting Andrès and the team at Xilam have created for this show, in an eerie town on the northern coast of France.” Orion Ross VP Animation at Disney EMEA

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