NEW YORK, July 18, 2011 — Duopoly announces the U.S. launch of the delightful animated family comedy series The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom, now streaming on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com and the Hulu Plus subscription service at www.hulu.com/yam-roll.
Produced by March Entertainment for Canada’s CBC and the Cartoon Network in the US, the series premiered in 2006 and continues to air on the CBC’s Saturday morning kids’ block as well as Australia’s ABC2 and HBO Asia, garnering a large and enthusiastic following through a combination of broadcast play, film festivals, and its dynamic fan website www.yamroll.com.
Yam Roll (39 x 11 min episodes and 39 x 3 min shorts) takes audiences to an exotic land of anthropomorphic sushi and tells the story of how one of its inhabitants, a super-powered taxi driver named Yam Roll, braves monsters, bad guys, and barking dogs all in the name of unrequited love. Despite being well liked in Happy Kingdom due to his good nature and sweet, root-vegetable flavoring, Yam Roll is still a frustrated guy. Why? Because he is hopelessly in love with the town sweetheart, a spicy tuna roll named Minamiko. With the help of his wise Zen master, Katcho Miso (an old lump of salty bean paste), his sidekick and best friend Ebi-san (a severely hyperactive shrimp,) and the rest of his motley maritime crew, Yam Roll’s life is always an exciting ride.
Yam Roll is co-created and penned by the ingenious Jono Howard (of Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy fame) and the talented artist and animator Jon Izen (Pet Squad) who also serves as Yam Roll’s director.
“Yam Roll is an irresistible character and his unrequited love for a tuna roll named Minamiko is one of the great cartoon romances,” said Catherine Tait, President of Duopoly. “The unique designs by Jon Izen and the offbeat yet charming characters who occupy Yam Roll’s Happy Kingdom make this series a truly undiscovered gem.”