Sixteen South, Mikros Animation IP, France Télévisions & Tencent Video unveil ‘The Coop Troop’ in Annecy

BAFTA-winning and EMMY-nominated children’s TV creators and producers Sixteen South Originals have unveiled the trailer and first episode of their hilarious new comedy series The cooperative troupe (52 x 11′) at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. The series is set to debut on France Télévisions and Tencent Video in 2023 and was produced in Northern Ireland and France.

A co-production with Mikros Animation IP (formerly Technicolor Animation Productions) with France Télévisions in France and Tencent Video in China, The cooperative troupe was co-created by Sixteen South’s Colin Williams and children’s author and illustrator Alex T. Smith. Funny, fast, wacky and feathery, The cooperative troupe is Sixteen South’s first show for an older age group (five to nine) and is its first CGI animated series.

It features the entertaining exploits of a gang of five unlikely heroes: the hyperactive bunny Maggie, the eccentric inventor Flo the hen, the bon vivant pig Clive, the excitable lamb Billy and the enigmatic egg, Jo d’Oeuf. Seeking adventure to escape their mundane farm life, Troupe Coop’s mission is to help any animal in trouble – and they’re kept busy with the precious pampered pets of nearby Animalville.

When their red phone rings someone needs help, so the troop rushes into their ingeniously – if haphazardly – modified chicken coop to provide it. No matter how simple the problem, The Coop Troop will always find a way to solve it – usually in the most devious and over-the-top way possible, resulting in an escalating comedy of ridiculous events as each mission spins out of control. . As they frantically try to get things back on track, they attract more chaos at every turn – but with The Coop Troop, satisfaction is always (eventually) guaranteed!

“We can’t wait to introduce the public in Annecy to our motley group of hairy, feathery and woolly lifeguards. The cooperative troupe is our retro homage to classic 70s and 80s TV series like The A-Team and we’re so excited to hear what viewers think about it,” said Sixteen South Creative Director Colin Williams.

“We had a lot of fun collaborating with Sixteen South and Tencent on this extremely funny and engaging series. Our cast of heroes show how you can solve any problem with friendship and teamwork, which is a great message for kids today that we hope will resonate around the world,” said Sandrine Nguyen, Vice President Episodic and IP of Mikros Animation.

“France Télévisions is proud to present this wild band to Annecy audiences. We hope that viewers will appreciate their positive attitude, their crazy humor and their ridiculous exploits as much as our audience of girls and boys aged six to nine,” said Pierre Siracusa, Director of Youth Animation and Education.

“International co-production is an important part of Tencent Video’s children’s originals strategy and we are thrilled with the results of our partnership with Sixteen South. The cooperative troupe will not only entertain our audience immensely, but will also show how, with friendship and teamwork, you can solve any problem. We can’t wait to introduce it to the world in Annecy,” said Selina She, Director of IP Development and Programming Center at Tencent Video Kids.

The cooperative troupe is produced by Sixteen South Originals and Mikros Animation IP, created by Colin Williams and Alex T. Smith, Literary Bible by Colin Wiliams, Amy Serafin & Peter Saisselin, Graphic Bible by Alex T.Smith & David Fauré and directed by Christelle Naga. Sixteen South Rights manages the worldwide distribution rights for the series outside of France and China. The cooperative troupe has received funding from the UK Global Screen Fund – funded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by the BFI, Northern Ireland Screen, Center National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC ) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

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