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European film and TV programming giant Gaumont and Submarine have partnered to co-produce an animated series, Pol the Pirate Mouse, based on the children’s book of the same name.

Pol the Pirate Mouse Submarine 10Oct2019The 52 x 11’ animated series for kids aged 2–5 tells the story of Pol, a mouse who doesn’t let her limitations get in the way. In reality, she has no right to be a pirate. She’s tiny, has a sleepy eye that she needs to keep covered up, and she’s nowhere near the ocean. But she doesn’t let any of this get in the way of her dream – to be the first pirate mouse of the forest.

“We’re incredibly excited to work with Bruno and the talented team at Submarine to develop this heart-warming story for TV,” commented Nicolas Atlan, president, animation and family at Gaumont. “When Courtney Arumugam, our VP of creative development in our UK office first brought the book to us, we instantly fell in love with it. Brilliantly written by Tingue Dongelman and illustrated by Denise van Leeuven, Pol’s story, about moving to the forest and making friends, will appeal to children everywhere as they fall in love with these adventure seeking characters.”

“We love to tell stories that inspire, surprise and delight. With Pol, we hope that our characters share the same wonder as their pre-school audience, with them both discovering the world around them for the first time,” added Submarine co-founder and managing director Bruno Felix.

“The Submarine team of 2D and 3D artists have created an animation style that helps to tell cinematic stories while staying true to the hand-drawn style of Denise’s work. Doing this with the support of a strong and established partner like Gaumont, is a great help. With the experience in their team we can create a series that is memorable, heart-warming and full of joy.”