European animated entertainment company Cyber Group Studios and Russian State animation studio Soyuzmultfilm have come together to create the first ever French and Russian joint label of animated programmes “Cyber Soyuz Junior”, targeting pre-school audiences around the world.
Founded nearly one hundred years ago, Soyuzmultfilm has produced over 1500 cartoons that have been successful in Russia and across the world. The studio is specialised in the creation of animated TV series and feature films and well-known for its 2D animation skills. Meanwhile, Cyber Group Studios has a strong reputation in creating and animating in France both 2D and CGI series.
The new label will see the companies pool their expertise, talents, skills and resources to create high quality 2D animation programmes, merging classic style and new talent.
Pierre Sissmann, president and CEO of Cyber Group Studios, says: “I am very proud of our association with the famous Soyuzmultfilm studio. Based on our joint experience and traditions, it offers an immense possibility to merge both storytelling and animation talents from both the French and the Russian culture and create programs that will travel the world and hopefully help children.”
Yuliana Slashcheva, chairman of the board of directors of Soyuzmultfilm film studio, says: “Cooperation with a partner like Cyber Group Studios is a strategically important milestone in the history of development of Soyuzmultfilm Studio, the oldest Russian film studio with rich traditions of the author's school. Working with our French colleagues, real professionals in the field of animation industry, gives us invaluable experience in producing world-class projects. I am confident that together we will be able to create extraordinary cartoon series and full-length films, which will become the flagships of the world industry and will be loved by children around the world.”
Under the Cyber Soyuz Junior label, the new pre-school series Orange Moo Cow is currently in production, and there are several other projects in development, including Squared Zebra. Both series target children aged three- to six-years-old.
Cyber Group Studios will be the worldwide distributor of the new label outside of Russia, where the two series have already been acquired by the Russian Federation broadcaster Channel 1.
Orange Moo Cow (52 x 7-minute 2D HD) is a sweet animated comedy series for pre-schoolers about family, friendship and love. The series follows the daily life of Zoh – an energetic six-year-old cow – and her little brother Boh – a sensitive and curious four-year-old bull. Other characters in the series include Mommy Cow, Father Bull, as well as Zoh and Boh’s friends Cathy the Cat and Grey the Wolf, among others. Orange Moo Cow sees Zoh and Boh turn their everyday life into fun and exciting adventures as they try to find answers to their many questions.
Squared Zebra (78 x 7-minute 2D HD) is a new pre-school animated TV series aimed at kids aged three- to five-years-old. This new series follows the daily adventures of Checkery the zebra, a friend like no other who encourages others to open up. With her friends Polly the zebra, Rodion the elephant, Gosha the crocodile, Pasha the ostrich and his little brother Petya the Litlle egg, they learn to overcome their differences and embrace life in all its diversity and beauty. Every day, their island has something in store for them, be it an adventure or a discovery! They are young and playful, and each character has a unique personality. Pre-schoolers can easily relate to these unique characters in their good sides, flaws, behaviour, and the situations they find themselves in.