Massively excited to finally reveal the show we've been working on for the last year and a half - the Happos Family. We won a tender from Turner EMEA 2 years ago to develop the show, and the series was greenlit last year. We worked across all areas of the show from script through to final delivery back to Turner. Worldwide air dates TBC - but below is part of Turner's press release.
London, 14th September 2016: Turner today announces The Happos Family – a brand-new, original series that will be coming to its second flagship kids’ channel, Boomerang from October 2016.
Made up of 20 x 2 minute shorts, The Happos Family is the first Boomerang Original to be created by Turner EMEA and will complement the channel’s existing portfolio of global and international acquisitions, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the soon-to-launch Grizzy & the Lemmings, as well as the new pipeline of original content, including Wabbit and Bunnicula, produced by Turner’s sister company Warner Bros. Animation. It has been created in partnership with the world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and UK animation company Spider Eye.
The show features a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a European safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.
Each of the 20 episodes centres on one of ten costumed Happos. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slap stick comedy with lots of heart.
Patricia Hidalgo, SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids’ Strategy commented: “The Happos Family is a great demonstration of our commitment to bringing high quality, new content to Boomerang, as we continue to build the brand as a second flagship to Cartoon Network and invest in original production for both channels both here in the UK and internationally. We’re excited to have joined forces with Ferrero, who really share the heritage family values that Boomerang and its audience represents, and Spider Eye who did a great job with the animation.”