Karate Sheep the animated series of 2023
Sheep karate (78 x 7′), the new Oscar-nominated CGI-animated series from the Oscar-nominated slapstick comedy by French animation studio Xilam Animation had its world premiere on Netflix on March 2, 2023, marking the launch of the first animated commission of Netflix supported by the French public funding body CNC.
To support the streaming launch, Xilam has developed an extensive digital and social media campaign. This includes a Karate Sheep YouTube channel, which features episodes, compilations and short films and has reached nearly 500.000 views since launching in January. A dedicated TikTok account generated 3 million views and a filter Sheep karate branded is now available for use on the platform. On TikTok, over 25% of Karate Sheep's audience is from the US market. Xilam is also developing a game app Sheep karate to launch later this year.
Created by Hugo Gittard ( Zig & Sharko, Mr Magoo ) by Xilam Animation, Sheep karate (previously Trico ) is aimed at children aged six to nine and follows Trico, an enthusiastic sheep who loves to share new objects and ideas with the rest of the flock . This causes problems in the mountain pastures, especially for Wanda, a tough sheep whose job it is to protect the sheep. No mean feat, especially when Wolf is always lurking, waiting to make the most of the chaos.
“Slapstick comedies are a key part of our company's heritage and DNA, so we are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring another series of this genre to international audiences,” said Marc du Pontavice, founder and CEO of Xilam Animation. “ Sheep karate it's a unique blend of themes: there's friendship, teamwork and accepting each other's differences, but there's also martial arts, a lot of humor and a celebration of nature. The response and commitment to our digital campaign Sheep karate it's been really positive, so we can't wait to see the response from families around the world."
Xilam holds the second window global linear television distribution rights and merchandising rights for Sheep karate . The series premiered on Super RTL in late 2022.