A Bollywood-inspired children’s cartoon, which began life as a Digit side-project, will be pitched to major broadcasters including the BBC within the next fortnight, with a view to developing a pilot.
Digit creative director and co-founder Daljit Singh has struck a joint venture deal with production company Tiger Aspect to turn the original Flash-animated idea into a viable production proposition.
If it gets the green light, the series – whose working title is Billoo & The Magictastic Tuk Tuk – will be co-written by Singh and Sanjeev Bhaskar, star of The Kumars at Number 42.
Tiger Aspect has hired freelance animators Julian Hanshaw and Sarah Fell to develop Digit’s initial character designs. Work is still in progress and will be refined further if there is sufficient interest in funding a fully animated test reel.
Tiger Aspect senior producer Christopher Skala is confident that the project will appeal to commissioning editors. ‘It brings something fresh to the six- to 12-year-old demographic and harks back to zany cartoons like Wacky Races, but with a modern edge,’ he says.
Singh adds, ‘Bollywood charm and comedy [are combined] with a visually stunning setting to deliver an animation series that isn’t quite like anything else out there. Yet it feels familiar in a why-hasn’t-this-been-done-before? kind of way.’
Skala says production time could take up to two-and-a-half years.