Classic Animated Series ‘Tico & Friends’ To Get Feature Adaptation – The Hollywood Reporter
Nippon Animation and children’s content producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios are teaming up to produce an animated fantasy adventure feature film based on the classic Japanese television series, Tico and his friends. The new feature film, Nanami and the Quest for Atlantismarks the start of what should be an ongoing collaboration between the two partners, with several more adaptations of Nippon Animation’s classic series and new properties in the works.
“We are honored to partner with Nippon Animation, a historic studio with a rich catalog of stunning, iconic properties,” said Pierre Sissmann, President of Cyber Group Studios. “We can’t wait to begin this exciting adventure and embark on a future filled with great plans.”
Tico and his friendsdirected by Jun Takagi, was produced in Japan in 1994 and later released worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Korea and elsewhere.
Nanami and the Quest for Atlantis will be a 90-minute 3D x 2D hybrid animation aimed at viewers aged 7-14. Directed by Hitoshi Takekiyo (Midnight after school), the film is set in the gold rush era, circa 1850, and explores the relationship between man and nature. The story follows 14-year-old Nanami, her lifelong orca companion, Tico, and fellow traveler, 17-year-old Seira, as they travel the ocean in search of hidden treasure and uncover what’s really important for humanity. During their adventure, they will understand the answer to the question that Nanami’s father, Professor Scott, asked before leaving home: “What is more important than material wealth?” »
Nippon Animation and Cyber Group Studios hope to follow up the feature film with a series adaptation that continues the story.
Kazuko Ishikawa, President and CEO of Nippon Animation added, “We are thrilled to be working on this project with Cyber Group Studios, which produces and distributes many wonderful programs globally. We look forward to bringing dreams and excitement to children around the world through this collaboration.