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Dandelooo’s Upside Down River flows to Canal+

The Upside Down River is based on the children’s novel La Rivière à L’envers

Canal+ in France has commissioned a serialised children’s series from local animation production and distribution company Dandelooo.

The Upside Down River (10×30′) is an adaptation of the children’s novel La Rivière à L’envers by French children’s author Jean Claude Mourlevat and published by Editis Group.

Described as a love story and an adventurous quest in a poetic fantasy world, it follows a girl and a shy boy’s search for water drops from the Qjar river in order to heal her sacred bird.

Dandelooo joint founders Jean Baptiste Wéry and Emmanuèle Petry said that the serialised nature of the show reflects the new way its target audience of eight- to 12-year-olds wants to watch “ambitious stories.”

Dandelooo’s animation studio, Ooolala, at La Cartoucherie in Valence, France, will produce the 2D animation, in co-operation with Canal+ Family.

Written by Jean Regnaud (Ernest & Celestine) and Marie de Banville (Tobie Lolness) and directed by Paul Leluc (The Wolf, The Long Long Holiday), the series is set for delivery in early 2022. The series will be distributed internationally by Dandelooo.

Dandelooo is currently coproducing the kids’ animated comedy Stinky Dog for France Télévisions and has numerous projects in development, including two animated feature films.


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