Jetpack Distribution has secured rights for the animated series Kung Fu Pork Choppers from the global licensing company Centa IP.
The deal comprises two seasons of 52×11-minute episodes. The CGI animated comedy-action-adventure series is targeted at 4- to 8-year-olds. The show follows a team of five galactic out-of-this-world pigs in space and their super-powered Splaximal pets, transformed by the slimy substance “Splaxis” from the cutest creatures to mega-sized fighting machines.
The original series GG Bond (meaning Pig Hero in Chinese) launched in China in 2005 and has been consistently in the top five rated shows every year since.
The first three seasons of Kung Fu Pork Choppers are produced by China-based Winsing in collaboration with CraneKahn. Winsing Animation Group, the Chinese commissioning platform, has committed to at least 300 episodes, which will see multiple seasons of the hit series produced.
For the L&M program, all rights are handled by Centa IP.
Centa IP’s CEO, Gail Mitchell, commented: “We absolutely love this property—the humor, the adventure, the cast and the storylines. We have no doubt that this series will be a huge success and are very proud to be presenting it to the rest of the world alongside Jetpack Distribution.”
Al Kahn, CEO of CraneKahn, said: “It’s a rarity to discover one show in a lifetime that has the hallmarks of a global hit. I saw it in Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! And both became a worldwide phenomenon and are still going gangbusters 25 years later. When I first saw GG Bond, I was in hog heaven and knew lightning had not only struck twice but a third time as well!”
Jetpack’s global director of distribution, acquisitions and development, Gillian Calvert-Ridge, added: “This toon is genuinely hilarious! And will have kids across the globe squealing with delight! It’s been a number one hit in China for many years now and has all the attributes kids love, tones of humor, adventure and action—all with a strong porcine theme! We’re very proud to present this at MIPCOM. And we’re certain kids beyond China are going to love it!”