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Copernicus and Kavaleer Take "Garth and Bev" from Bronze Age to Space Age (and Historic Points In Between)

International Co-Production of Animated Children's Series

February 11, 2009 --
DMN Newswire--2009-2-11--Animation house Copernicus Studios is partnering with Dublin, Ireland-based Kavaleer Productions to co-produce 52 x 11min episodes of the animated children's series "Garth and Bev," announced Paul Rigg, president of Copernicus. The Copernicus team will create 2D animation with Rigg serving as executive producer.

Created by Kavaleer founder, Andrew Kavanagh, "Garth and Bev" is an international co-production being distributed by BBC Worldwide and Picture Box for Canada. The series is set to air in March 2010 on BBC UK/Cbeebies and in September 2009 on RTE, Ireland. Gary Timpson is the Executive Producer for Kavaleer. Copernicus's Andrew Holland is the Animation Director and Murray Bain is the Artistic Director for Copernicus Studios.

Garth and his sister Bev live back in the Bronze Age with their Druid Grandfather Lir. It is a wondrous time when scientific discovery is matched by the people's understanding and appreciation of Mother Nature. Lir uses his ancient magic to transport Garth and Bev on adventures through time where they meet such geniuses as Leonardo DaVinci and Albert Einstein in their quest to learn about the miracles of science and invention. More often than not, the kids are able to teach these great geniuses a thing or two about the wonders and beauty of the natural world which serves as their source of inspiration and wisdom. The kids know "nature got there first" and if she is protected, she will provide us with all we need.

"Garth and Bev"

"'Garth and Bev' is aimed at the 4-7 age group and the associated message of protecting nature is perfect for kids today," said Rigg.  "The show combines important messages about the environment with lessons about how we can communicate with each other and how we should treat each other--along with a little history."

Copernicus's creative team is currently busy creating animation for the first episodes of season one.

"We continue our tradition of using lots of hand drawn elements in all aspects of the production process by our talented team of artists," said Rigg. "Our team combines the craft of traditional animation with cutting edge HD digital tools to create a visually unique look. This gives the animation, and thus the story, a warm, hand made feel."

To refine this look, Copernicus partner Juan Cruz Baldassarre has been implementing the development of proprietary software tools to advance the animation and post-production processes of the Studio.

"Copernicus brings great creative passion and cutting edge technical support to 'Garth and Bev,'" said Timpson. "Kavaleer was looking for a co-production partner who would be prepared to assist with all aspects of the production and be able to hit the ground running creatively and technically. With its strong reputation for high quality creative work, extensive back catalogues and a professional, 'can do' approach to business, Copernicus is an ideal partner for us.

"Our team is excited to be working with Copernicus and bringing 'Garth and Bev' to life in time for the first broadcast on RTE and Cbeebies."

Timpson and Kavanagh will join Rigg, Bain and Baldassarre at the upcoming KidScreen Summit seeking additional Canadian presales and licensing / publishing opportunities. 

Full licensing opportunities are available for "Garth and Bev" including games, toys, books and clothing.

About Copernicus Studios
Copernicus Studios has animated many television series including "George of the Jungle" (Studio B Productions Inc./Teletoon/Cartoon Network), "Chaotic" (Bardel/4Kidz/YTV), "Odd Job Jack" (Smiley Guy Studios/Teletoon), the pilot episode for the kid's art show "Artopia" (WNET/PBS), "Miracle Koala" (Nelvana Limited), "Being Ian" (Studio B Productions Inc./YTV), "Pancho Balon" (Anima Estudios) and "Tigga & Togga" (Cuppa Coffee Studios).

The companys feature film credits include Jack Black's "Pick of Destiny" (New Line Cinema) and "Guacamayo" (Anima Estudios).

Music videos include: Tenacious D's "Classico," 13 Star Girls music videos (Big Tent Entertainment and Nickelodeon US), Weird Al Yankovich's "Close But No Cigar," Jimmy Swift's "Turn Around," Spesh K's "Knocking Them Down" and Nelly Furtado's "Explode."

Copernicus also helped develop the multi-platform, animated comedy and classic music series "Apollo's Pad" (Galleon Entertainment) and the multi-platform, animated football based fantasy "Sokator-442" (Galleon Entertainment). The studio created Web commercials for Raketu and content featuring Fido Dido for Pepsi/7Up.

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