Frankelda’s Book of Spooks Frankelda’s Book of Spooks

Mexico City’s Cinema Fantasma is working on a stop-motion kids’ show for HBO Max. Ahead of its push into Latin America, the streamer has greenlit Frankelda’s Book of Spooks, an anthology series from the buzzy Mexican studio.

Frankelda’s Book of Spooks will tell a different creepy tale in each episode; five 7-minute episodes have been commissioned. The ghostly character of the title will narrate the stories, accompanied by her friend, a talking book. Cartoon Network Latin America released a pilot episode on Youtube in November 2019. Watch it below (English subtitles are available):

Cinema Fantasma has a close relationship with Cartoon Network (which, like HBO Max, is owned by Warnermedia). The studio has produced idents and shorts for the channel and its late-night brand Adult Swim, as well as a stop-motion segment for its series Victor and Valentino.

Among Cinema Fantasma’s other credits is Revoltoso, a 30-minute short set in the Mexican Revolution, which was backed by Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez; Cartoon Brew exclusively premiered the film last year. The studio is now in pre-production on its first feature, Ballad of the Phoenix.

Frankelda’s Book of Spooks is just one of more than 100 projects HBO Max plans to develop in Latin America in the next two years. Of those, 33 are already in production — the other titles announced so far are live action. The streamer is set to start its international rollout by launching in 39 territories across Latin America and the Caribbean in June.

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Alex Dudok de Wit

Alex Dudok de Wit

Alex Dudok de Wit is Associate Editor of Cartoon Brew.

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