The French prodco expands its slate of kids content through collaboration with Japanese stop-motion studio ‘dwarf’
APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of leading co-production and distribution company APC, is bolstering its production slate through its studio Zephyr Animation with new stop motion animated series Mogu & Perol, co-produced with renowned Japanese animation studio ‘dwarf’. Zephyr has signed a deal with France Télévisions to co-develop Mogu & Perol, a comedy series targeted at children aged 3-6.
Based on a multi-award winning short film of the same title by Tsuneo Goda, Mogu & Perol centres on Mogu, a tall, soft, and shy monster who loves nature, and Perol, an explosive yet loveable little creature. Together they invite the audience to share in the joy, adventure, and creativity of their day-to-day life on the lush gardens of Mori Mori Island. The series will be broadcast on France Télévisions’ online platform Okoo, and is set to commence production in 2022, with David Sauerwein as Executive Producer for Zephyr Animation and Yuriko Okada as Executive Producer for dwarf studios.
“Three years ago Lionel Marty and I fell in love with Tsuneo Goda’s beautiful short film, and to be developing the series along with a major broadcaster such as France Télévisions is a true privilege. The series revolves around two characters that couldn’t be more different from each other yet complement one another perfectly, which promotes the beautiful idea that we can all benefit from each other’s differences. Nature also plays an important part in the series, and we feel very fortunate to collaborate with dwarf studios to bring the beautiful island of Mori-Mori and its inhabitants to life”, says Zephyr Animation EP, David Sauerwein.
Yuriko Okada, EP for dwarf adds: “Mogu & Perol was created by Goda with a wish to deliver a positive message about understanding each other’s differences through enjoying yummy food and the joy of appreciating the beauty of nature. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to reach a wider audience by partnering with our wonderful friends, APC Kids and Zephyr Animation.”
Pierre Siracusa, Head of Animation at France Télévisions, adds: “It is a great idea to start with this all-pink Mogu, born in a fruit tree bud, and his all-blue best friend Perol, born from a volcanic bomb. Not quite animal or human, these two creatures live in nature and more precisely in a tree-house. Their temperament is totally different: one is calm and the other excited, one silent when the other is talkative, yet they adore each other and learn to live together despite their differences.
Other animals live next to them in the tree and in the forest and so far nothing abnormal. Unlike European series – we can feel the pantheism and influence of Japan – the Gaia Mountain associated with a cloud acts as a parental link. Mogu and Perol confide in and console themselves with him. These stories which immerse us in nature, speak of time through the more contemplative gaze of Mogu and the spontaneity of Pérol. Should we see here a critic of the speed of our way of life (Virilio), and an ethic based on spontaneity? In any case, a very nice stop motion project in line with the subject.”