Trotro & Zaza, the pre-school project developed by Ellipsanime Productions based on the illustrated books by Bénédicte Guettier (Gallimard Jeunesse), was presented last week at Cartoon Forum. The project was number three in pitching sessions in terms of buyers present in the room. The pitch was in the largest pitching room and had 55 per cent of all attendees.
Ellipse Animation MD Caroline Audebert and VP creative development and strategy Lila Hannou said, “We knew that Trotro was really well known, and we were convinced of the potential of the new adaptation we had. But the reception we had from the delegates and the interest shown by buyers for the project vastly exceeded our expectations.”
They further added, “Particularly as the offer for young children was unusually high this year at Cartoon Forum, with 20 projects out of a total of 80. We owe a big thanks to Bénédicte Guettier, who created Trotro & Zaza and is the graphic author of the series, to Alexandre Coste who will be directing, and to Gaëlle Guiny who is producing it at Ellipsanime Productions, for coming to Toulouse with us and for giving such a warm presentation of the project. We’re looking forward finishing off doing the rounds before going into production.”
Trotro is one of the biggest pre-school IPs of the past 20 years. The first series, which won the Unifrance Audiovisual Export Award in 2017, is currently broadcast around the world, as well as being on leading platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. On YouTube, Trotro has generated more than 700 million views and gained more than one million subscribers in the eight languages available.
In this new opus of 78 x 3’30 episodes, children will be reunited with the famous little donkey at a time when he has to take on a big challenge: becoming a big brother to Zaza.