Marvel Animation and Singapore-based Toonz Entertainment Pte Ltd, the parent company of Trivandrum Technopark based Toonz Animation India Pvt Ltd have given an early green light to a second season of the animated television series, Wolverine and the X-Men.
This on the heels of an overwhelming response at MIPCOM and the launch of Season 1 in Latin America, Canada, and Italy, the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series is set to continue its uncanny success as it expands to other international territories including the U.K. on BBC and the U.S. in January 2009 through the Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation channel. The action, adventure and drama will continue with 26 more half-hour episodes already in preproduction.
P. Jayakumar, Toonz Group’s CEO said: “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Marvel and continue showcasing one of the most sought-after, iconic characters of all time. This second season will bring fans even more fresh and exciting stories and take us even deeper into the X-Men universe.” Toonz in association with First Serve International produced the Season 1 of the series. The production of Season 2 will be undertaken at the Toonz Studio in Technopark.
Wolverine and the X-Men is an animated television series. It’s the fourth animated adaptation of the X-Men characters, the other three being “Pryde of the X-Men,” X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution.
Eric Rollman, Marvel’s President of Animation commented, “The response to this series has been outstanding and the decision to move forward immediately with a second season was simple. We are bringing together the same team who produced the first season and looking forward to continuing the success with all new episodes.”
Toonz, a major provider of animation to the top US and European producers, is South Asia’s most admired animation studio and part of the international business conglomerate, Comcraft Group, based out of Geneva. Toonz’s client list includes the biggest names in media and entertainment like Marvel, Hallmark, Paramount, Disney, BBC and Cartoon Network. Toonz Animation offers its world-wide clientele end-to-end animation services including 3D animation, 2D animation , Flash, Stop Motion and VFX on a full spectrum of media platforms.
The Animation Magazine has heralded the company as one of the top-ten multimedia studios in the world. The sprawling, 18,000 sq ft state-of-the-art studio is based in the electronic city of Technopark in Trivandrum. Over 500 artists work in this facility staffed with top creative professionals from across the world, including Philippines, Singapore, Canada, USA and India.