Cartoon Network EMEA has introduced a protracted type sequence of “The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe” whose critically acclaimed unique 10 shorts have proved a banner high-quality 2D European sequence for Cartoon Network.
Cartoon Network’s first sequence with Denmark and simply the second on the time from Cartoon Network Studios Europe, “Ivandoe” was nominated for a BAFTA and swept close to all prime TV honors on the 2018 European Animation Awards.
Created by Danish animators Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg – who started their animation careers on Cartoon Network’s EMEA-produced world hit, “The Wonderful World of Gumball” – the brand new sequence will see the unique’s three-minute shorts robustly expanded to 20 11-minute episodes, one signal of Cartoon Network’s confidence within the sequence, Cartoon Network EMEA introduced Monday.
Daniel Lennard, who oversaw improvement on “Gumball” and Cartoon Network Studios’ “Apple & Onion,” returns as govt producer to co-develop and co-write the brand new sequence, which is being produced by Cartoon Network in partnership with Denmark’s high-flying Solar Creature Studio, which produced the unique hit shorts.
““The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe” melds a number of European traditions into a complete and eminently coherent – and endearingly daft- entire.
“We are actually very glad to proceed Ivandoe’s quests in an extended format, with much more foolish characters and adventures, and we’re very grateful to our magnificent staff and to Cartoon Network for making this occur!” mentioned Bøving-Andersen and Wallberg.
“It’s been nice enjoyable engaged on this spectacularly foolish present, bringing a solid of flawed however lovable characters to life,” Lennard added. “As with ‘Gumball,’ we’ve created a self-contained world for teenagers – of all ages – to get pleasure from. It in some way makes full sense, while on the identical time making completely no sense in any way.”
Stick-legged, tubby, with a chunky doe’s head however two weeny antlers, the younger Prince Ivandoe strides via the forest, brandishing his sword, which seems as if its manufactured from ply-wood, on an epically foolish quest to Eagle Mountain, there to assert the legendary Golden Feather. He’s accompanied by his squire, Bert, a bluebird.
A dashing younger buck, a minimum of in his personal eyes, the Prince stumbles on a motley crew of a foes: Obsessive compulsive squires, a royal rival hissy swan, a bewitched frog, and a damsel in misery, who seems to be a thiefstress. Ivandoe’s not a lot cop together with his sword: He’s no match for the imperious swan dropping all their dueling bouts, is even crushed up by the woman. However he strides on – due to a mixture of luck, his foes’ disinterest and his personal mischief, his self perception hilariously intact.
Drawn with a heat 2D palette, “Prince Ivandoe” is aimed toward the same (6-12) viewers to “Gumball” with the potential to draw a barely youthful viewers too, mentioned Lennard. Although, he added, “We hope mother and father will get pleasure from it too.”
“Ivandoe goes on a journey from his privileged little enclave the place he grew up, and meets a 123 of weirdoes and oddballs on his journey to Eagle Mountain. Ivandoe means nicely. He simply desperately desires to be a hero, and that typically overshadows his higher instincts.” Lennard instructed Variety.
“One of many issues that impressed me most about Christian and Eva was that they actually needed to make a present for teenagers. A whole lot of present creators appear extra desirous about making older-skewing exhibits, so it was refreshing,” Lennard added. “And one thing about Christian and Eva as folks – a sweetness and a silliness – felt precisely proper for the type of present we needed to make.
Written by Lennard, Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg, “Prince Ivandoe’s” grafts distinct traditions.
Its humor has a “British taste positively,” Lennard acknowledged. “Christian and Eva have a comfortable spot for Monty Python movies resembling ‘The Holy Grail’ and ‘Lifetime of Brian” and I used to be a giant fan of ‘Blackadder’ rising up. In order that silliness was an affect on our writing.”
There’s a definite echo of early “Blackadder” Baldric certainly in Bert, from his put-upon prole standing and drooping Phrygian cap to his being “in all probability the one vaguely wise character” within the sequence, Lennard mentioned.
In distinction, the thickness of the close to photo-realistic forest background, crags above gorges and the Eagle King himself has a distinctly Scandinavian or Germanic really feel.
Greater than something, possibly, “The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe” suggests simply how a lot European animation has come on.
“It’s superb how a lot Europe has blossomed in animation within the final 10 years,” Lennard mentioned.
“Within the final decade or so – and I hope this has been helped by the success of ‘Gumball’ – there’s a rising confidence [among studios] that profitable children’ animation (and never solely pre-school) might be made out of Europe and work internationally,” Lennard mentioned.
That’s additionally partly due, he argued, to the Web and social media. “It’s simpler to place small little movies and designs out and get on the spot recognition. And everyone seems to be way more related. An skilled present runner from L.A. can attain out to an inexperienced however proficient artistic from Belgium, they usually can begin speaking.”