The new chapters of Pocoyo, the most internationally successful Spanish animated series, will be produced in Gran Canaria with an estimated investment of €3 million and participation by a team of 70 professionals.
The announcement was made today by the President of the Gran Canaria Island Council, Antonio Morales, and the management and co-producers of the series, Zinkia CEO Víctor López and co-founder of Koyi, Luis Armengol.
The production of this new season, consisting of 36 chapters of 7 minutes each and 20 musical video clips, will be carried out in the studios located in the facilities of the Agency for the Economic Development of Gran Canaria (SPEGC) in the fairground.
As well as being the base for production of the new adventures of Pocoyo, Gran Canaria will also be hosting a pioneering project for the brand: the Pocoyo Forest, an initiative aimed at contributing to reforestation of the island, which was devastated by wildfires last August that destroyed 10,000 ha of woodland. In this way, it hopes to raise awareness among younger children of the importance of protecting the environment and preventing these types of disasters.
This plan will be implemented with funding by Zinkia and Koyi to plant the first 1,000 trees of the Pocoyo Forest. In addition, the project will be financed with the sales of a line of products that will include T-shirts, hats and backpacks with the Pocoyo Forest brand.
The management of the Company hope that the Pocoyo Forest will be the beginning of a much larger project, with the aim of reaching a total of 15,000 trees planted, the average number of children born each year in the Canary Islands.
Pocoyo, a leader in the animation sector
The new season of Pocoyo continues with its characteristic themes and language, combined with music that creates a unique world and has become the soundtrack for the early years of life of various generations. Values such as respect, tolerance, friendship, learning and the curiosity of the main character continue to be ever present in this new season.
Since it was first released in 2005 in the United Kingdom, the Pocoyo series has been screened on more than 150 TV channels around the world, making it one of the most well-known children’s series with 38 international awards, including the BAFTA Children’s Award.
It is currently one of the most successful children’s programmes on YouTube, with a total of over 16 million subscribers surpassing 16 billion views. Pocoyo is also present on another 40 VoD platforms, including Netflix, HBO and Amazon. It features in 50 apps that have accumulated more than 52 million downloads and millions of toys, books, clothing articles and countless other products have been marketed under its licence.