Toronto – Cookie Jar Entertainment’s new series, Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular has been greenlit for production in 2009. This is the first Canadian – South African animation co-production where the work will not be subcontracted outside of either country. The co-production between Canada’s Cookie Jar Entertainment, a leading global independent producer of children’s entertainment, and Clockwork Zoo, South Africa’s biggest animation studio, is scheduled to air on CBC.
“We are thrilled to co-produce this wonderful series with Clockwork Zoo,” said Toper Taylor, President and COO, Cookie Jar Entertainment. “This marks a great moment in animation and we believe that Cookie Jar’s history of making quality children’s entertainment along with Clockwork Zoo’s creativity and strong presence in South Africa’s animation industry will make this a successful series.”
“We are delighted that the first official animation co-production between South Africa and Canada is with Cookie Jar Entertainment,” said Sean Rogers, MD Clockwork Zoo and Executive Producer of Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular in South Africa. “As such, Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular is an historical landmark in the growth of the South African animation industry and we hope it will be the first of more future creative collaborations.”
This charming animated series highlights the notion that each child is spectacular in his or her own special way. Lessons in theatrics, cooperation, and collaboration are told through the pets as they each perform their special acts on stage. Performance and song add magic and music to each spectacular tale, plus each episode features live action footage of real kids with their pets. CBC has picked up 26 half-hour episodes. Cookie Jar CEO Michael Hirsh and President and COO Toper Taylor will be reuniting with Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular author Betty Paraskevas and illustrator Mickey Paraskevas, who also wrote and illustrated the popular book turned TV series, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast.