The Disney Channel has acquired the rights to a new Irish animated series called “Gilbert & Allie” which is currently in production.
Created and directed by Bronagh O’Hanlon, Gilbert & Allie is an odd-couple supernatural comedy about the sparks and spells that fly when a teenage girl discovers she has wizardly powers. Unfortunately, those powers can only be harnessed in partnership with an ancient and extremely grumpy magical rabbit who just wants to retire.
Produced in France and Ireland, Allie’s adventures as a wizard-in-training facing the everyday challenges of a teenage girl will be animated in CG, while her visits with Gilbert to the magical realm will be created in 2d. The series, for 8 – 11 year old kids, will launch on Disney Channel in Europe in 2017.
“My original idea for a series about the partnership between a girl wizard and her jaded magical mentor has evolved in development over the last 18 months and I’m really excited to start production and bring these characters to the screen!” said Creator and Director Bronagh O’Hanlon.
“I’m proud to be going into production on this wonderful show, created by Brown Bag Films’ super-talented Bronagh O’Hanlon. We look forward to producing a zany, funny, visually stunning show with the fantastic team at Cyber Group Studios,” said Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director of Brown Bag Films.
“We are thrilled to be co-producing this series with our friends at Brown Bag Films, as we instantly fell in love with the characters and the story. And as the series distributor, we are convinced that the fun and the magic residing in the series will make it a hit with kids around the world,” explained Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios.
Brown Bag Films are an irish company based in Dublin. Their much-loved TV shows are viewed by millions of children worldwide and include Doc McStuffins, Henry Hugglemonster, Peter Rabbit, Bing, Olivia, Noddy in Toyland, and Octonauts. Their most recent production is the animated pre-school series The Stinky & Dirty Show for Amazon Studios which premiered on Amazon Prime in January 2015 as part of the Amazon Pilots Season. With a second office in LA, and a newly opened third facility in the UK implementing a long form 2D animation pipeline, Brown Bag Films are committed to producing the highest-quality, cross-platform animation with strong stories and engaging characters.