Flying Bark Readies Raft of New Projects


Flying Bark Productions has a slew of new projects in the works in addition to a recently released animated film.

Based on the Monkey King legend from the Chinese novel Journey to the West, LEGO’s new Monkie Kid IP has launched, with Flying Bark producing and directing the TV series. The company will also create specials for the global toy brand. The first episodes premiered in China last month and coincided with the launch of eight LEGO Monkie Kid-themed playsets.

Further, Flying Bark is producing the animation for three episodes of Marvel Studios’ What If…?, an anthology series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and featuring stories that present alternate realities. The show is set to premiere on Disney+ in 2021. The studio’s newest animated film, 100% Wolf, celebrated its PVOD release late last month. The film is currently available to rent via Google Play, iTunes, Fetch and Foxtel Go. Akmal Saleh, Jai Courtney, Jane Lynch, Magda Szubanski, Rhys Darby and Samara Weaving all lend their voices to the project.

Flying Bark has three other major projects in various stages of production: the Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb movie; a feature-length spin-off of the Mia and Me franchise; and the 100% Wolf television series that is set to launch later this year.

Barbara Stephen, CEO of Flying Bark Productions, said, “The global animation industry has remained working (albeit slower than usual) during the COVID-19 crisis despite a complete shutdown of nearly all other forms of drama production around the world. The costs but relatively stable revenue have complicated the business, however, the willingness of clients, broadcast partners (in particular the ABC) and Australian Government partners to be flexible has supported our company in a way that has enabled us to sustain significant employment for our crew. Our teams will have produced three theatrical feature films, two television specials and 74 episodes of the highest quality animation releasing over a 12-month period at a time when we feel the world is in need of some laughter.”