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"Lola & Virginia," "Skunk Fu!," "Totally Spies," "The Sandman" and the "Lost Sand of Dreams" were just four of the well-known television animations being given the full-

April 6, 2018

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"Lola & Virginia," "Skunk Fu!," "Totally Spies," "The Sandman" and the "Lost Sand of Dreams" were just four of the well-known television animations being given the full-length movie treatment by European animators.

Presented at Cartoon Movie in Lyon in France last month, television series were joined by book-to-animation projects such as Gabrielle Vincent's "Ernest & Celestine," a new version of the German comic strip "Fix and Foxi," the French "Lou Lou" and Norway's "The Mischievous Fox & the Straight-Tailed Pig." i1_567.jpg

Cartoon Movie showcased movie concepts and projects in development, with producers looking to put together finance and distribution deals with other E.U.-based companies. Completed films also were shown at Cartoon Movie, with the aim of expanding international distribution. Last month's Lyon event attracted more than 600 participants—an increase of 20 percent over 2008—and more than 50 film projects were shown.

Still in the concept stage, Skunk Fu! The Movie—Exit the Dragon is a co-production between the Irish Cartoon Saloon and the U.K.'s Cake Entertainment. The adventure story sees Skunk and his friend Panda struggle to keep the dragon in his frozen prison. i2_275.jpg

Spanish Imira Entertainment's Lola & Virginia—The Violet Star, is a movie in development, conceived as a prequel to the television series. The television series, aired in 100 territories and translated into 23 languages, is already backed by a licensing program and is supported by a Web site.

Television-to-movie animations in production include Scopas Medien's The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams and Marathon Media's Totally Spies!—The Movie. i3_169.jpg

Sandman is based on the traditional German children's story and updates the classic German television series. A release date is expected next winter. Scopas has already partnered with German broadcaster Kika on the movie.

Totally Spies!—The Movie is another prequel plot to Marathon's television series, which has been on the air for eight years and is broadcast in 120 countries. The theatrical release in France is set for July 22 and is already backed by a licensing program that includes a McDonald's promotion. i4_125.jpgi4_t_49.jpg

The most notable book property with a movie in production is Ernest & Celestine, the classic French story by Gabrielle Vincent, which is being brought to life in a French, Belgian and Luxembourg co-production deal among Les Armateurs, Mélusine Producions/Studio 352, La Parti and Studio Canal. A new book to accompany the film is being written by French author Daniel Pennac, described as the start of a merchandise operation for the characters.

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