I am so happy to finally be able to talk about Billy Fēi and the Cloud Trials, the new animated action adventure TV show I have been developing with Malaysia’s Scribble Studio and Lil Critter Workshop.
As revealed on the Animation Magazine website, Billy Fēi and the Cloud Trials is a CGI animation series that has been awarded an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games.
I have written the pilot and show bible, collaborating with Lil Critter’s Walid and Lorna Henderson Omar and it’s so exciting to see our heroes Billy, Bambin and Thoren come to life.
Here is the official press release of the announcement in full:
Kuala Lumpur, February 18, 2021: Scribble Studios and Lil Critter Workshop today announced that they are recipients of an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games. The support provided by the MegaGrant has enabled a co-development between two Malaysian studios and will be used to fund the upcoming sci-fi action-adventure CGI animated series ‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials’.
Launched in 2019, Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million program to globally accelerate the work of talented teams and individuals working with Unreal Engine, 3D graphics tools, and open source software.
‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials’ is an action adventure series for ages 6+ with a runtime of 22 mins across 26 episodes. The series follows Billy, Bambin and Thoren — three mismatched heroes who are unexpectedly thrown together to compete in the Great Tournament. The trio finds themselves in daring missions with exciting chase sequences, thrilling treasure hunts and peril-filled challenges that captivate the people of Euthenia every four years.
Packed with high energy and action, ‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials’ is fun, funny and full of heart; our heroes learn how to grow as a team and become fast friends in the face of constant challenges. Powered by Unreal Engine, the animated series will introduce breathtaking character-driven visual storytelling.
Lil Critter Workshop has also engaged renowned comic writer and author Cavan Scott to assist with the scripting and story. Cavan Scott has previously worked extensively on popular franchises such as ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Adventure Time’ and ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ among others. One of the key collaborators of Lucasfilm’s new multimedia story-telling initiative, ‘Star Wars: The High Republic,’ he also authors comics for Marvel, DC Comics, IDW and Dark Horse.
Walid Omar, Executive Producer of Lil Critter Workshop said, “I’m thrilled that Epic Games sees the potential in ‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials.’ The Epic MegaGrant will help our team to explore and realize all the potential verticals for the IP. Engaging Cavan Scott to assist with the world-building expansion and scripting has been a fantastic collaborative experience.” He went on to add, “Focusing on an audience ages six to ten, the use of Unreal Engine opens up multi-platform possibilities for ‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials’.”
The combination of producers, storytellers, distributors and technology partners set to collaborate on ‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials’ is nothing less than promising. The team has brought on Bejuba! Entertainment to launch the property internationally. “When Walid of Lil Critter first showed me the series and the aspirations of it, I was impressed. With the grant, and Cavan on board as writer, the series has expanded into a universe kids will want to be a part of. We’re excited to take it to market,” says Tatiana Kober, President of Bejuba! Entertainment.
Lil Critter Workshop shows ‘Hogie The Globehopper’ and ‘Buck and Buddy’ are airing across the globe, with several more series currently in development.
About Lil Critter Workshop
Lil Critter Workshop is a creator-driven, high energy, full-service production house based in Malaysia. Specializing in content creation, development and 2D animation service work, Lil Critter Workshop was established in 2013 by Executive Producer, Walid Omar. The studio boasts 320 episodes of animation and Flash and Harmony pipelines, with seven Intellectual Properties (IPs) on its slate. Powered by MY Creative Ventures, Lil Critter Workshop has been recognised as a producer to watch at MIPTV 2020 for its global services and original IP development and production on platforms such as Cartoon Network, Netflix, CITV and Discovery Kids.
For more information, visit our website: https://www.lilcritterworkshop.tv
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Bejuba! Entertainment Inc.
Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading executive production and distribution company representing producers from around the world to bring top quality children’s entertainment properties to the global marketplace. Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-productions, financing (closing-gap financing) third-party acquisitions, licensing and merchandising. With offices in Canada, France and the US, the company maintains a growing catalogue of over 700 half hours of quality children’s and family animated and live-action programs (“Wishfart”, “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave”, ‘The Hive”, “Big Block SingSong”). Bejuba!’s partners include Goddard/Brown (Canada), Collingwood and Co. Productions (UK), Lupus Films UK, and Giggle Garage Animation (Malaysia).
About Scribble Studios
Scribble Studios is a forward-thinking company that specialises in the production of animated TV series. The studio strives to consistently deliver emotionally engaging and visually lush universes in a relentless pursuit to expand beyond the limits of imagination. Founded in 2015, Scribble Studios is based in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, engaging clients such as Astro, VHQ Singapore, Giggle Garage, among others. Upon receiving an Epic MegaGrant, the studio is set to produce ‘Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials,’ powered by Unreal Engine.
For more information, visit our website: https://scribblestudios.com.my
About Unreal Engine
Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D tool. Creators across games, film, television, architecture, automotive and transportation, advertising, live events, and training and simulation choose Unreal to deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences, and immersive virtual worlds. Follow @UnrealEngine and download Unreal for free at unrealengine.com.
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