Benelux / New York – Belgian’s leading family entertainment group Studio 100 and Little Airplane Productions, producers of hit shows such as The Wonder Pets and Small Potatoes today announced plans to develop and co-produce a new animated pre-school series based on the hugely successful puppet-based television show, Bumba.
A hit since 2005, and recognized as the #1 pre-school brand in the Benelux, Bumba will be re-designed for the international market by Little Airplane and will include an educational curriculum that helps preschoolers develop Problem Solving Skills. The new series will be executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Josh Selig and will be produced entirely in his New York-based studio, Little Airplane Productions.
Redeveloped as a stylized, digital 2-D educational series, Bumba (52 x 11 mins) is a show about a lovable clown and his extraordinary circus. Each episode will explore a theme such as Vehicles, Music, Seasons, or Exercise and there will be educational content built into each episode to support a child’s understanding of the episode’s theme. The shows will be accompanied by richly scored original music under the direction of Little Airplane’s Emmy Award-winning music department.
The new Bumba episodes will be told entirely through action and movement, and will be supported by live music and playful sound effects in the great tradition of the European Circus. Because the new series will not contain dialogue or narration, there will be no need for any dubbing of any kind on the series.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Studio 100 to bring Bumba to an international audience,” said Josh Selig, President of Little Airplane Productions. “It’s one of the funniest shows I have ever seen and I know the preschoolers will love it!”
Hans Bourlon, CEO of Studio 100 added, “It’s a great privilege to be working with Josh Selig and Little Airplane Productions on what has proven to be one of our most successful pre-school brands. With their unrivaled expertise and commitment to kids’ entertainment, I am confident that Bumba’s career change into animation will be remarkable.”