Saturday, April 3, 2010

Taiwanese company’s Internationally Successful Cartoon

A cartoon series developed by a Taiwanese company has made a splash in the international market and its developers are now preparing to test an online game derived from the TV series.

The Flash animated TV series Hero 108, co-produced by Taiwan’s Gamania Digital Entertainment Co, Moonscoop of the UK and Cartoon Network International of the US, premiered on March 1 in the US and Britain and later in Italy and Germany. The graphics are cute, pseudo-anime and cell-shaded.

The series tells the story of how humans and animals were once friends, before an evil character named High Roller convinced animals otherwise. In its quest to end the conflict between the two groups, the young First Squad must take on High Roller and the Zebra Brothers.

The series, made up of 52 11-minute episodes, was inspired by the 14th-century Chinese novel The Water Margin. It uses state-of-the-art technology to appeal to a target audience of six to 11-year-olds.

The main characters and initial storyline were both crafted by Gamania and the series was produced in collaboration with Moonscoop and Cartoon Network International.


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