HULU UNVEILED AS THE NEW HOME FOR THE ANIMATED "KULIPARI" FRANCHISE
The Third Season in the Series "A King Rises" and a 3D Film Reboot of
"An Army of Frogs" Now in Production at OVFX Studios in Baltimore
Special Editions of the Original First Two Seasons of "Kulipari: An Army of Frogs" and
"Kulipari: Dreamwalker" Arriving This Month in Hulu's "Black Stories Always" Hub
February 28, 2022 (Santa Monica, CA) Today Hulu announced its partnership with OVFX Studios, the animation studio from the Outlook Company, that will make the streaming service the new home for the "Kulipari" franchise based on the popular children's books written by former NFL player Trevor Pryce. The third season and latest addition to the franchise, entitled "A King Rises," will be a three-episode arc that brings the "Amphibilands" saga to a close with the coronation of a new King of the Lands. It will debut on Hulu in late 2023.
The original first two seasons of the show, entitled "Kulipari: An Army of Frogs" and "Kulipari: Dreamwalker," begin streaming today and come to Hulu as all-new special editions, remastered with new artwork, remixed sound and credit sequences. Both seasons will be featured in Hulu's "Black Stories Always" hub honoring Black stories and visionary storytellers in February, and year-round.
Finally, the studio's first feature film will be a reboot of the first "Kulipari" book in the series "An Army of Frogs" in lifelike 3D, made with the latest in motion capture technology and rendering techniques, that will restart the franchise in a fresh, reimagined way. It will premiere exclusively on Hulu in late 2024.
All projects, written and directed by Pryce, are being produced by The Outlook Company, a minority-owned, innovative digital animation and production studio in Baltimore in the Hoen Building, a new development near the Johns Hopkins Medical campus. It now houses a world-class, high-end capability animation studio with 80 artists, and has become the leader in the growing art ecosystem in the Mid-Atlantic region, particularly in Baltimore.
"We are beyond excited to partner with Hulu on the next productions of the 'Kulipari' Franchise," said Pryce. "They've been inspiring to us, and have trusted our process from the beginning. Especially being a new studio, one that is embracing cutting-edge technology and is partly funded with public and private capital, and staffed with mostly first-time artists, this is the opportunity we needed to show what this part of the world could do in the competitive franchise and pop culture space. And to do this in both 2D and 3D, we couldn't have picked better partners to help us with that mission."
Both upcoming projects are being distributed by Splash Entertainment out of Woodland Hills, CA.
About Outlook Enterprises (OVFX Studios):
Founded in 2012 by Trevor Pryce, Outlook Company is an opportunity-zoned, new media company based in Baltimore that specializes in the end-to-end ownership of technology-driven pop culture content and capability through different distribution channels. Which include film, TV, gaming, consumer products/experiences and the upcoming metaverse/web 3.0.
About Splash Entertainment:
Splash Entertainment's production roots date back to the days of Mike Young Productions (established in 1990), which grew to be one of the largest and most prolific independent animation studios in North America and a leading producer of top-quality, award-winning CGI and 2D animation. The company is headed by Co-CEOs Mike Young and Steve Rosen, with Liz Young serving as President. The company's library of over 950 half hours and 22 movies contains content airing in more than 180 territories worldwide. Splash's original brands include "Norm of the North," "Kulipari," "Chloe's Closet," "Dive Olly Dive," "Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch," "Growing up Creepie," and "Hero 108." Splash Entertainment's recent productions include a partnership with Universal Studios to produce Mariah Carey's first animated motion picture, "All I Want for Christmas is You," as well as a series of shorts of the iconic Woody Woodpecker. Splash has most recently completed production on two sequels for the Huayi Brothers' feature film, "Rock Dog," co-distributed with Lionsgate and Universal Studios.
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