ZDF Studios reveals highlights in childrens’ productions for early 2024

“Dinomite & Lucy”, “Klincus” and “Dougie Dolittle” looking for international homes

Mainz, February 2nd, 2024

ZDF Studios’ JUNIOR department has announced the first programme launches and upcoming highlights for early 2024.

The enchanting 39x11' CGI series "Dinomite & Lucy”, aimed at children aged 6 to 9, is now ready for distribution and takes young viewers on a prehistoric adventure full of crazy ideas and childhood challenges. The heroes of the series are Dino, a resourceful young dinosaur, and his extraordinary pet Lucy, a headstrong cave girl, as they navigate childhood in the charming dinosaur town of Farnheim. Based on the beloved children's books by Ute Krause, the lovable series explores themes of friendship, acceptance and overcoming differences. Admired animation experts TRIKK17 and M.A.R.K.13™ are co-producing this delightful series with Fabriques d'Images. Toon2Tango is responsible for French-speaking territories, Italy, Iberia and China, while ZDF Studios is handling distribution in all other territories worldwide. Dino Mite's international appeal stems from its universal themes, well-developed characters, imaginative setting, educational content, established source material, collaboration between prestigious studios and a history of award-winning productions. These elements position the series as a strong contender in the global children's animation market.

The animated series "Klincus" (26x22' in 3D CGI format) has significant international appeal for the global market due to its universal themes of nature and balance, its timeless exploration of the clash between modernity and tradition, and its visually captivating steampunk fantasy world. The series appeals to a wide age range (8-12 years) and features an adventurous storyline that transcends cultural boundaries. The international collaboration of renowned studios, including Showlab Srl, RAI Ragazzi, ZDF, Fabrique d'Images and Telegael, enhances the global appeal of the series. Set in a magical world at the heart of the Great Forest, a steampunk fantasy world at the height of the Industrial Revolution, "Klincus" follows Klincus, a young orphan who has escaped from the factory of the wealthy industrialist Graylock. Klincus discovers the secret city of Frondosa, a refuge for little people, where he finds a new home and friends. The series explores the delicate balance between man and nature, with themes of adventure, friendship and difficult choices. It also represents the clash between modernity and tradition.

In addition, ZDF Studios is seeking co-production/co-development partners for the upcoming 3D animated/CGI series and adventure comedy for 6-9 year olds "Dougie Dolittle" (26x22'). Produced by Caligari Film, this modern adaptation and standalone creation is inspired by the idea of "Doctor Dolittle" and follows 14-year-old Dougie Dolittle, who has the unique ability to communicate with every creature on Earth. We follow Dougie as he navigates the challenges of living a 'normal' teenage life while acting as a bridge between the human and animal worlds. At the same time, he explores the idea that his extraordinary ability can be both a curse and a great gift, with a humorous take on the challenges he faces.

Oliver Grundel, Director JUNIOR, ZDF Studios: "At the beginning of 2024, I am particularly proud to be one of the first members of our team to be able to focus our efforts on important discussions and activities for these new shows. Attending prominent events such as the Kidscreen Summit or SXSW, my primary focus will be on conversations around our upcoming project, Dougie Dolittle. This animated series is currently in development and we are actively seeking strong co-production and pre-buy partnerships to further develop and realise this wonderful concept in collaboration with our production company. However, we would also like to invite international partners to approach us with project proposals and encourage a spirit of collaboration and creativity.”


About ZDF Studios
ZDF Studios is a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest TV broadcasters in Europe. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Mainz, Germany, the ZDF Studios Group operates more than 30 direct and indirect subsidiaries and affiliates in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom spanning TV production, distribution and services. The parent company, ZDF Studios, is responsible for global programme distribution, realisation of international co-productions, acquisition of licences and merchandising of successful programme brands under its own name, for ZDF and third parties. ZDF Studios has the largest German-language programme inventory in the world and a constantly growing range of international productions, consisting of series and mini-series, television films, documentaries and children's programmes.

The companies of the ZDF Studios Group cover the entire value chain from the development of scripted and unscripted TV content to production, marketing and monetizing, including TV and streaming licences as well as merchandising and online rights. The positioning of ZDF Studios as an integrated media company enables the development of innovative, outstanding and high-quality programmes and makes the Group an attractive workplace for German and international talent to flourish in a very inspiring and creative environment.

Contact ZDF Studios
Christine Denilauler (VP Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Studios GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, E-mail: christine.denilauler@zdf-studios.com, www.zdf-studios.com