ANL CEO and government artistic director Joe Burrascano tells Cartoon Brew that the undertaking grew out of the connection that each Probert and the studio had developed with Nick’s Digital Content Development workforce in New York.
The brief was by no means a part of any particular shorts program, however was developed by itself particular monitor at Nick, the place it was initially championed by Heather Tilert, a senior director of digital content material improvement.
Probert and Burrascano labored to show the idea right into a full-pitch, and ANL was ultimately given the inexperienced mild to supply a full proof-of-concept and present bible. Under the course of Probert, ANL produced a locked animatic, layouts, and backgrounds in-house. It additionally dealt with ultimate compositing, and commissioned an unique rating from Drew Skinner.
The animation within the brief, from blocking by means of shade, was produced by Studio La Cachette in Paris. “We were drawn to their unique style, which from our perspective had a perfect blend of Japanese influence and the French animation style,” says Burrascano.
Between the time the brief was greenlit and delivered, the Digital Content Development group at Nickelodeon in New York had been dissolved and its members have been dispersed throughout numerous departments. At this level, the undertaking was handed to Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank.
Says Burrascano: “There was a lot of love and interest in the project, especially from James Stephenson, who had recently made the move [from NY] to LA as Nick’s new SVP of Animation & Games. While there were many conversations as to what the project could be, and how it would fit in the world of Nickelodeon, we ultimately weren’t able to find a clear path for the sweeping scope of the project. Many formats and possibilities were explored, but the story itself was never actually written and the road ahead was long and unclear. In the end it made sense for both parties to part ways and let the process develop in its own time.”
Though Nickelodeon isn’t shifting ahead with Bea and Cad right now, the characters aren’t going anyplace. Probert presently has a multi-book cope with First Second Books to create a collection of Bea and Cad graphic novels.
“This is something we’re all very excited about, not just for the books themselves, but that the story has been given the necessary time to discover itself and develop organically without being rushed,” says Burrascano. “We’re all confident that once the stories have been written, the path to animation will open back up, and we’ll have a fresh and exciting new journey to share.”