Montreal and Madrid-based international sales and distribution company, PINK PARROT MEDIA, (PPM) is proud to announce that it has secured the acquisition of the new spin-off animated series based on Carpe Diem’s IP property and film “Butterfly Tale”
A prequel to the film, the CGI animated series, Butterfly Academy (working title) is being co-produced by the film’s production team, Canada’s CarpeDiem (“Snowtime!”) and Germany’s Ulysses Filmproduktion (“Ooops! Noah Is Gone”). Production of the highly anticipated feature film Butterfly Tale commenced in January with first time film director Sophie Roy, one of the upcoming Canadian female animation directors.
“We are very excited to see our special butterflies take off on new journeys” says Tania Pinto Da Cunha, Vice-President/Partner and Head of International Sales and Acquisitions at Pink Parrot Media. “The beautiful animation and the wonderful story-lines are going translate into a wonderful animated series that is certain to capture young audiences everywhere.”
Produced by Marie-Claude Beauchamp at CarpeDiem and Ulysses’ Emely Christians, Societe Radio-Canada is on board as a Canadian broadcaster.
Set in the backdrop of the Milkweed Academy, a high school for Monarch butterflies, the series will include many of the feature film’s adorable characters including the lovable one-winged disabled butterfly Patrick who will be joined by friends Marty and Jennifer among many other as they navigate through the challenges of their high school life and learn about the big migration of the monarchs and all its challenges.
Author and writer, Heidi Foss, joins as screenwriter. In addition to screenwriting, story editing and series development for shows on HBO, Fox, PBS, YTV, Nickelodeon and the BBC, Heidi is a well-known Canadian stand-up comedian. She recently was story editor on the first season of Air Bud’s ‘Pup Academy’, for Disney. Lienne Sawatsky, nominee for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards and WGC Awards for Best Writing on the animated TV series ‘Wishfart’ joins the production team as screenwriter. Sawatsky is best known for her work on notable series for Disney Channel, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network. (Sidekick, Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5).
PPM is currently shopping for co-production partners. The 52 x 11 minute animated series is set to be completed by Q4 2023.
Butterfly Tale’s feature film has already been pre-sold in France & Germany (Wild Bunch), Poland & Romania (Monolith), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz) and Middle East (Front Row) and will be released in theaters in Q4 2022.