New Spanish co-pro
dances to a funky beat
Jelly Jamm gets kids in the groove Nothing but net for SKeT
The magical planet of Jammbo is the setting for Jelly Jamm, a new French studio Panache Animation’s latest toon for kids six to
52 x 11-minute CGI series from Spanish prodcos Secuoyas and nine, SKeT, is set in the ultra-cool world of street basketball.
Vodka Capital. Jammbo appears grey and arid, but its countless The flashy moves and extreme stunts that brand the urban sport
colored craters serve as the gateway to forests, towns and beaches have spilled off the makeshift courts and into the daily lives of
where its inhabitants get to express themselves through music. It’s its players, spawning a new lingo and dress code among kids
a place with a constant groove, where even the wind rustling the living in cities all over the world.
trees seems to create melody. In keeping with the inventive nature of the sport, SKeT is a
Aimed at four- to six-year-olds, the comedic musical series is 52 x 13-minute series that takes place in futuristic Atlantia—a
driven by five characters, each with distinct personalities, colors and floating city set adrift somewhere in the middle of an endless
instrument-inspired sounds. Bello is the daring and active leader of the ocean. At its core is artful and ambidextrous Malo and his best
group, while Ongo is absent minded. Goomo is timid, Rita possesses friends/SKeT teammates—nerdy but skilled dunker Kim-Ulrich
an insatiable curiosity, and Mina brings a bit of sensibility and stub- and the stylish and talented Paola. SKeT, the game, weaves itself
bornness. It’s only when they all agree to work together that they can into every facet of their lives, and an often comedic and always
make music known as the Jelly Sound. fast-paced narrative drives the series.
A musical number is also part of each episode. So in one sto- Like any counter-culture activity, SKeT has its fair share
ryline, for example, we see the characters playing musical tennis. of opponents and the series pits fans (the builders) against
One of the balls gets knocked over a large hedge, presenting a real officers of the state (the unbuilders) who police the sport,
problem when the friends realize the ball has landed in a sealed demolish illegal street courts and shut down underground
maze. Four of them use their musical sounds to find their way into games. As Malo journeys to take part in the greatest SKeT
the maze, but obstinate Mina refuses to participate. When the tourney in the city, he’s continually confronted by his nem-
quartet wind up trapped and confused, a song about being lost and esis, Karian Drexel, the manager of the SKeT Pro League.
found erupts. When their energy starts flagging, Mina pitches in to The elitist tyrant’s triplets make up the best team in the city
give her pals the boost that enables them to find each other and and are the only thing standing in the way of Malo winning
the way out. the ultimate tournament.
The US$11.3-million series has been developed as a multi-plat- It’s early days for the proj-
form brand to be rolled out across TV, music, toys, home entertain- ect, which is budgeted at US$9.3 LINKS
ment, video games and online as a virtual world. Delivery for the million and should be delivered Jelly Jamm > www.jellyjam.com
first 13 eps is slated for fall 2010. sometime next year. KC Panache Animation > www.panache-anime.com
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