Friday, June 26, 2015

Nickelodeon USA Acquires Rights To "Ladybug"; To Debut During Fall 2015

Anime News Network is reporting, via Cristina Vee, that Zag Entertainment founder and producer Jeremy Zag has announced the exciting news in a post on his official Instagram profile page, @Jeremy_Zag, that Nickelodeon USA has picked up the broadcast rights to Zag and Toei Animation's "Miraculous Ladybug" (also known as "Ladybug"), a CG-animated French/Japanese co-production about justice-seeking teen girl with super powers named Marinette, and will start to air the action comedy series from Fall 2015!

Marinette Cheng, a shy high-school student, has inherited some magical ladybug-shaped earrings. The ornaments grant the power of Luck to whoever wears them. Yet there is one condition: they have to be worn in an altruistic manner, or else, beware of the consequences! Whenever the situation needs it, Marinette turns into LADYBUG, the guardian angel.

Set in modern-day Paris, Marinette and Adrien are two high school kids with a difference: they are the chosen ones to save Paris from evil! They have been entrusted with an important mission – to capture akumas, creatures responsible for turning normal people into super-baddies.

When involved in such adventures, these two school kids become superheroes: Marinette transforms into Ladybug and Adrien becomes Cat Noir.

But Ladybug and Cat Noir do not know each other's true identity. Marinette is unaware that, beneath the Cat Noir costume nestles Adrien, her secret crush. Similarly, Adrien doesn't know that Ladybug is, in actual fact, just Marinette - one of the girls in his class.

Miraculous Trailer from ZAGTOON DEV on Vimeo.

Variety reported in 2012 that the 26x26' series, then known as "Miraculous", has a budget of US$11.2 million and has a "colorful manga style." Aton Soumache's Method Animation ("The Little Prince") studio is also co-producing the series. "Ladybug" is currently broadcast is over 120 countries.
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