Zany aliens romp through Earth in search of the perfect beat when Beat Monsters, Turner Broadcasting’s largest animation project in South Korea, touches down across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa next year.
It’s an important development, as Korea transitions from service work and subcontracting jobs from Western companies into locally created ideas. As Cartoon Brew reported earlier this year, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is investing well over $300 million through 2019 into its domestic animation industry.
Turner’s team-up with Korea’s Synergy Media and Studio Goindol on Beat Monsters is a formative step in that direction. The international co-production will create 52 two-minute shorts (plus additional micro-shorts) that blend CGI with live-action elements. Scheduled to begin airing in late 2016, Beat Monsters will appear on Turner’s kids’ channels across Asia Pacific, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Toonami, as well as Cartoon Network in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.