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Mister Crocodile draws a crowd at in-person Cartoon Forum in Toulouse

Mister Crocodile

The most popular pitches at Cartoon Forum 2021 – held in-person in France this week – have been revealed, with a project about a jazz-loving crocodile living in New Orleans topping the list.

Mister Crocodile (52×11′), based on French artist Joann Sfar’s children’s book of the same name, was pitched to 301 delegates, making it the best-attended pitch during the event, which returned to Toulouse after going digital-only last year due to the pandemic.

Aimed at 6-11s, the show is about a little girl and a croc with nothing in common who nevertheless form an inseparable bond. It comes from France’s The Magical Society, which was set up by ON Kids & Family with Sfar in 2019 to develop projects based on his IP.

The pitch that had the highest percentage of potential investors in attendance was preschool series Little Charlie (26×7′) from Alexandra Schatz Filmproduktion in Germany and Submarine in the Netherlands. In total, 28 of the 42 attendees to the pitch were buyers or distributors.

Little Charlie is based on the book series Karlchen by Rotraut Susanne Berner and follows a young rabbit boy who lives with his parents, his little sister and their pets in a house on the outskirts of a town.

Meanwhile, the best attended pitch with at least two coproduction partners was Living with Dad (52×11′), pitched by France’s Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel and Belvision in Belgium, attracting 223 delegates.

A total of 84 projects from 21 European countries were pitched at this year’s event, with producers from France (33), Ireland (11) and Germany (8) bringing most of the new shows.

There were 1,015 participants from 41 countries, with 885 attending in Toulouse
and 130 attending the digital version of the event, which usually brings around 1,000 attendees to the French city.

Cartoon Forum said 202 buyers were on site in Toulouse, while 65 more will attend digitally, which allows them to view short versions of the pitches once the event has finished until October 15.

This year saw French firm TAT Productions named producer of the year as part of the Cartoon Forum Tributes awards, with Ketnet-VRT in Belgium named broadcaster of the year, while Miam! Animation was awarded investor/distributor of the year.

The event is set to return to Toulouse next year from September 19 to 22. To read more of C21Kids’ coverage of this year’s event, head to the online Insider’s Guide to Animation 2021.

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