The Zooniverse is Expanding!
Multiplatform Animated Preschool Property Zoonicorn Gallops Into New Partnership with Toonz Media Group.
Companies Sign Agreement For Development, Co-Production and Distribution of 52 Original Episodes.
Toonz Media Group To Be Exclusive Worldwide Distributor of New Zoonicorn Content.
Minneapolis, February 19, 2020 - Zoonicorn, the multiplatform animated preschool brand featuring a Zooniverse of enchanting characters kids love, has teamed up with Toonz Media Group, a global leader in family entertainment, for a development, co-production and distribution partnership that will launch 52 seven minute episodes in 2021. The new 3D CGI content will be distributed for the worldwide TV and digital marketplace by Toonz.
A magical mix of zebra and unicorn, the Zoonicorns inhabit the dreams of young animals, taking them on amazing adventures to help learn important social-emotional skills. When the dream is over, the young animal wakes up feeling self-confident and with decision-making skills necessary to overcome whatever challenges they are facing.
“It has been so important for us to find the right partner for Zoonicorn – a wonderfully creative team of unparalleled animators and writers that truly gets the fun and adventure of our brand as well as the underlying social-emotional modeling that is essential to the Zoonicorn experience,” said Mark Lubratt, creator of Zoonicorn® “We are thrilled to have found that partner with Toonz. With this collaboration, we are able to tell more in-depth stories, dive deeper into the development of our beloved characters and expand the Zooniverse to reach new audiences around the world.”
Mr P.Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Media Group comments, “We are delighted to be partnering on the wonderful Zoonicorn property to develop, co-produce and distribute the CGI TV series. I have no doubt that it will both entertain and empower kids during their all-important social-emotional skills learning stages, helping them on their journey through life.”
The growing line of Zoonicorn products have continued to expand since the launch of the brand in 2015. In 2018, Zoonicorn and Jay@Play introduced a new interactive Zoonicorn plush as part of Jay@Play’s ‘Wish Me’ brand. Other products include a picture book, three interactive story apps and four games available for download and on the Zoonicorn website and available on both iTunes and Google Play. Zoonicorn debuted a new limited edition apparel line in Fall, 2019.
The eleven Zoonicorn music videos have been a hit on You Tube with additional Sing Along videos offered exclusively on Kidoodle.TV, Kid Genius Cartoons, Happy Kids TV, Toon Goggles Jr and Kabillion. Under the terms of the agreement with Toonz, Zoonicorn retains all licensing rights. Brand development and licensing for the property is headed by J'net Smith of All Art Licensing.
The Zoonicorns all have special talents and skills. Purple Promi’s the master leader and organizer who can always cut to the core of a problem with her laser focus. Green Ene is a technology maestro, who amps up the crazy-cool with never-before-seen technologies. Blue Valeo’s super strength always helps him power through challenges, and Pink Aliel’s special ability to create anything she thinks of is matched only by her power to communicate...nonstop!
The Zoonicorns cleverly guide each dreamer through a whirlwind of fun-loving adventures, tackling obstacles, balancing emotions and discovering important life lessons along the way. At the heart of every solution is the one important truth—the power to solve any problem is inside of them. When the animal wakes up back in their own world, they are empowered and their heart remembers the lesson from their dream.
About Zoonicorn LLC
More than just a toy or a book, Zoonicorn, LLC is passionate about developing products that enrich children’s lives in meaningful ways. Launched by creator Mark Lubratt in 2015, Zoonicorn is a character-based pre-school entertainment property for kids ages 3-6. Zoonicorns come to young animals in their dreams to help them feel safe and learn important lessons. Kids can download and print mazes, word finds, coloring pages, connect the dots and other activities at Zoonicorn.com. The Zoonicorn music videos can be watched on You Tube with additional Sing Along videos offered exclusively on Kidoodle.TV, Kid Genius Cartoons, Happy Kids TV, Toon Goggles Jr and Kabillion. Zoonicorn was voted one of the top five properties in the ‘One to Watch’ category at the 2015 Licensing Expo. Learn more at http://www.zoonicorn.com.
About Toonz Media Group
Founded in 1999, Toonz Media Group constitutes a fully integrated global kids and family entertainment force whose activities span IP development, production, distribution & rights exploitation, digital & gaming content, licensing & merchandising, augmented & virtual reality experience creation, and animation and SFX training. Toonz has 2D, 3D, Stop Motion and Live Action production studios in India, New Zealand, Turkey and Ireland, recently acquiring Telegael. Toonz-owned Imira Entertainment globally distributes a large kids & family catalogue. Toonz has recently acquired a leading stake in new technologies company TiltLabs. The group’s digital arm, Toonz Media Network, focuses on Web TV and digital production, brand development and broadcast to kids’ audiences under its ‘Chotoonz’ and associated brands, and linear and non-linear channels including Russia’s Malish TV. Toonz Media Group is a part of the multi-billion-dollar Comcraft Group based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Visit Toonz’s web here.