Zag CEO: Miraculous Ladybug Has 2D Original Animation Video in Development

posted on 2016-01-10 23:30 EST
Project about Paris-based superhero team originally announced with 2D video in 2012

Zag Entertainment founder, CEO, and producer Jeremy Zag confirmed last month that Zag Entertainment and Toei Animation are co-producing a 2D-animated OVA for its Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir series. In addition, series director Thomas Astruc confirmed that the OVA will feature the newer design of Cat Noir/Adrien based on the CG animated series, instead of the design featured in the 2012 promotional video.

The 3D CG Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir series debuted in South Korea last September, before premiering in the United States on Nickelodeon on December 6.

Nickelodeon describes the series:

The 26-episode series follows two junior high students, Marinette and Adrien, chosen to save Paris from the evil doings of a mysterious super-villain. The storylines and adventures are rich with friends, family, fun, secret identity, transformation, villains, fashion, creativity and more, all within the spectacular backdrop of Paris.

As secret identity superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir, Marinette and Adrien must balance the crazy antics of normal teen life while stopping weekly baddies deployed by Hawk Moth to steal their powers and take over the world. With the help of their magical pets, and miraculous jewels, the duo transform into their alter egos, Ladybug and Cat Noir, and are granted powers of speed, strength, agility and a clear mind.

The series is a co-production between Zag, Method Animation, Toei Animation, and SamG, with the participation of TF1, Disney Channel EMEA, SK Broadband, and AB droits audiovisuels.

Variety reported in 2012 that the 26-episode series, then known as Miraculous, has a budget of US$11.2 million and has a "colorful manga style." Zag Entertainment, Toei Animation, and Method Animation co-produced a promotional video (below) for the project announcement, before relaunching it as a CG-animated series.

Thanks to The Wombat for the news tip, and for the embedded video.

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