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Cartoon Network EMEA Picks Up First Danish Series, ‘Prince Ivandoe’

Cartoon Network EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) will launch a new series in 2017: The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, created by Danish animators Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg.

Prince Ivandoe is comprised of 10 three-minute episodes that follow the adventure of young forest prince Ivandoe, whose father, The Mighty Stag, has sent him on a mission to reclaim a magical Golden Feather from the Eagle King.

Christian Bøving-Andersen and Wallberg are both 2012 grads of The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Demark, and worked on Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball in London. Ivandoe is being produced by Copenhagen-based Sun Creature Studio (The Reward: Tales of Alethrion), making it one of the few Cartoon Network series produced in Europe, and CN’s first produced in Denmark. Co-funding was provided by the Danish Public Service Fund. (The pilot episode for the series was produced by Copenhagen Bombay.)

The project is set to launch as both a linear series and an interactive online experience that allows viewers to join the quest of Prince Ivandoe and his bird buddy, Bert. “The story and style present us with a great opportunity to introduce this new IP in a non-traditional way, with a host of interactive digital elements that will allow kids to get to know the hilarious and lovable characters by questing along with them,” said Patricia Hidalgo, chief content officer at Turner EMEA.

“It’s been so much fun to work with Cartoon Network and the dedicated team at Sun Creature Studio developing what started as a small idea in East London into 10 actual episodes produced here in Copenhagen,” added creators Bøving-Andersen and Wallberg. “We are very happy and proud of the result and we really hope that the kids out there will love questing with Ivandoe just as much as we do.”

"The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe."
“The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe.”
  • Harry Bastard

    Mebbe cribbing a WEE bit too much from Gumball, methinks? Other than that I’d have to see an ep or a sample to make up me mind.

  • Thalesourus

    Prince Ivan”doe”??? Is this a gender fluid thing? That will certainly go over well in the middle east all righty.

    • Fried

      No more gender fluid than the male cow in Nickelodeon’s Barnyard show having an udder.

      • The whole “Gender Fluid” thing just puzzles me.

        • Negative_Space

          I think what OP actually means is gender neutral, which is just making a character who is specifically gender ambiguous, because there are people who identify as neither male nor female. Gender fluid means your gender identity can shift back and forth, someone who might feel feminine one week and masculine the next. I don’t fully understand it either, but people got a right to do them, don’t they?

      • Netko

        Or a male goose laying eggs in Kung fu panda 3.

    • mushed potato

      It reads as just wordplay on Ivanhoe, though I suspect the name will be the butt of many jokes.

  • Netko

    The premise sounds lovely for an adventure story and I hope the series will be allowed to have a Danish feel to it. I just wish the style was more unique. The whole noodle-arms, ping-pong eyes, body-composed-of-geometric-shapes style is one that doesn’t look very organic and appealing, but it’s one that seems obligatory for every CN show. The little bird is adorable though.

    • As repetitive as the art style may be, I’ll still give the show a chance because I really want to see more European cartoons to be aired in the U.S. I do think that Ivandoe looks cute and judging by his appearance, it looks like he’s going to be one of those characters that isn’t very bright and is clumsy.