DQE to Produce Live Action TV Series ‘Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy’
pleased to announce the development and production of a live action TV
series, ‘Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy’.
produced by DQE, this 26 episode series has an estimated production budget of
shortly. The series is due for completion by late 2010 for an early 2011
release and is supported by ABC,
DQE is premiering this high profile live action series trailer at
MIPCOM, 5 to
broadcasters and distributors expected to be announced shortly.
The series will appeal to under 14s, with the cast consisting of three
also be shot exclusively on location in
director, supported by three Indian assistant directors.
Tapaas Chakravarti Chairman & CEO of DQE Group commented:
“We are delighted to bring
‘Toomai’ to life for a whole new generation of children. We are grateful for
the starting support from ABC,
post the Cannes MIPCOM festival, to start shooting this beautiful
Adventure-Drama in Kerala with our international cast and crew”.
Additional information on ‘Toomai’
children, the series will bring to life an iconic character who inspired the
classic 1937 film ‘Elephant Boy’, [starring
1960s TV series, which had a home run across
by another British TV production in 1973, which was shot in
3 successful years of commercial success, especially in
DQE now adapts the story to 21st century
elephant. Toomai, the little 12 year old hero, a 4th generation mahout
(Elephant handler/trainer), sets out on this adventure along with his little
brother Gopi and 12 year old friend Gia, daughter of Dr Richardson and Mrs
Richardson who are committed to a very difficult task of running an ‘Animal
Hospital and Rescue Center’ in the picturesque elephant sanctuary close to
the back-waters of tropical Kerala.
Amidst the beautiful surroundings of lakes, long winding back-water
canals and the backdrop of the lush forested hills of Kerala lies the
Elephant Sanctuary, Animal Hospital and the traditional Mahout Training
School, run by Toomai’s ancestors. Toomai dreams of being one of the best
mahouts ever to be born. He loves nature, the wild life and is interested in
the daily chores of the sanctuary, also helping his father.
The story of Toomai the elephant boy is about the great adventures and
escapades in the jungle, wild life and tales of his valour, compassion,
camaraderie, elephant tradition and love for ‘KalaNag’, the great Tusker whom
he handles with ease. This story full of adventure and drama with Toomai,
Gia, Gopi and Kala Nag, the Tusker, takes us through 26 half-hour live action
shows to rescue elephants and other animals, get help to save the elephants
from tusk poachers and many more heart warming stories .
DQE is a leading animation, gaming and entertainment production and
global distribution group engaged in production, co-production and original
IP development with a workforce of around 3,000 and a global client – partner
base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including
Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc.,
Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC Group,
M6/ France TV/ TF-1 Broadcasting groups from
DQ Entertainment Group has produced/co-produced and distributed iconic
global brands such as Iron Man – the first 3D animated TV series, Twisted
Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, second season of Large Family, third
season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is now producing large number of TV
series and movies which includes famous iconic properties like Little Prince
and Little Nicolas. DQE has a library of over 400 hours of international
programs being distributed successfully world-wide.
DQE is also developing and producing ‘The Jungle Book’, the 100% home
grown global production as a 52 episode animated series and a 60 minute TV
feature. The other major co-production partners are ZDF Enterprises and ZDF
Group and Moonscoop from
properties like Lassie which will be a 26 x 22 minute CGI animated series,
Toomai-The Elephant Boy which is a live action TV series as well as Indian
IPs which are on production like Feluda, Suryaputra and Omkar.
DQE’s international quality production facilities are based in
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