Sunday, July 11, 2021

Nick Jr. UK Premieres 'Barbapapa - One Big Happy Family!'

Nick Jr. UK & Ireland today (July 10) premiered Barbapapa - One Big Happy Family!, the brand new animated series inspired by the legendary shapeshifting Barbapapa family, with new episodes airing every Saturday and Sunday at 6:30am!

Childhood friends since the 70s, the legendary Barbapapa family is once again adding cheer and creativity to the daily lives of children in their brand new animated series. The series follows daily lives of the extraordinary blob-shaped Barbapapa family, who can morph into other forms but retain their original colors. The Barbapapa family consists of parents Barbapapa and Barbamama and their seven children: The intellectual Barbotine; the coquette Barbabelle; the powerful Barbidur; inventor Barbidul; animal lover Barbidou; artist Barbouille; and musician Barbalala; plus their pet dog, Lolita. Together, the Barbapapa's are a large, happy family!

Nickelodeon International acquired the rights to the new Barbapapa series in June 2018 with plans to air in multiple countries across the globe. The 52×11’ episode series, produced by Normaal, will air on Nick Jr. channels in the UK, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines for both pay- and free-TV. Nick Jr. has also licensed the series for pay-TV in France, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, South Korea and MENA.

Developed by French animation producer and distributor Normaal in partnership with TF1, Barbapapa is written and brought to life by Alice Taylor and Thomas Taylor.

“Nickelodeon has a successful track record of supporting beloved IP and finding new audiences for it around the world,” said Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President (SVP), Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon. “We’re thrilled to partner with Normaal to introduce the long-awaited new Barbapapa series to preschoolers.”

The beloved Barbapapa universe began in 1970, emerging from the combined talent of French-American couple Anette Tyson and Talus Taylor. The original series aired in 40+ countries, including on Nick Jr. Italia (as Barbapapà), gaining worldwide fandom. Its success was followed by the production of a second series in 1977, then a third in 1999 by Japanese producer Kodansha.

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Barbapapa is distributed by FESTIVAAL distribution. The series made its world debut on TF1 in France's Tfou programming strand on Sunday 10th November 2019, locally titled Barbapapa en famille (Barbapapa with Family).

Originally published: July 11, 2021.

H/T: Special thanks to @WebChanNews for the news!

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