November 9, 2016
By Thanussha Priyah
According to MIPJunior’s TV screenings, which took place in Cannes, France mid-October, two Russian animated TV series, Be-Be-Bears and Fantasy Patrol became one of the world’s most popular kids’ TV shows for the first time ever in Russia’s history of animations. Reed MIDEM, the company organising MIPJunior, a specialised international screening library of audio & video technologies and TV content for kids and juniors, summarised the results of its most recent session. This fall’s MIPJunior featured over 1,300 animated series total and kids’ TV shows from all over the world.
MIPJunior determined the top 30 most popular projects based on the number of viewings by the international buyers of kids’ programs. This year’s top animated series included Be-Be-Bears (ranked 15th) and Fantasy Patrol (27th) created by Parovoz animation studio for the Digital Television Russia Company, and distributed worldwide by Signal Media. The Russian cartoons were ranked among leading projects from US, France, UK, and Germany. Be-Be-Bears is about Bucky and Bjorn’s amusing adventures. The two protagonists are quite different: brown bear Bucky invents gadgets and polar bear Bjorn loves nature.