Monster to launch new season of hit animation series Jungle Beat at Kidscreen

09 Feb 2020

With Kidscreen just around the corner, Sunrise are delighted to announce the 8th season of their award-winning non-dialogue pre-school show, Jungle Beat. The series will be distributed worldwide by Ireland’s Monster Entertainment.

The new series (13x7’) is currently in production for release in late-2020. The stories feature the Jungle Beat animals as they encounter a group of explorers who have turned- up in their jungle paradise on a mission of discovery.

Monster Entertainment has distributed previous seasons of the show to broadcasters in over 150 countries, as well as 45 airlines. Key broadcasters included Turner’s Boomerang in GAS and CEE, RTE in Ireland, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, VRT in Belgium, SRC for French-speaking Canada, and Gulli in French-speaking Africa. The Jungle Beat portfolio now consists of 91x7’ episodes, including the new season plus a series of 13x5’. And the Jungle Beat YouTube channel managed by Aardman has attracted 2.5 million subscribers and seen over 1 billion views.

Phil Cunningham, Executive Producer for the show said: “It’s a very exciting time for the studio and brand, and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Monster on this new season.”

In addition to the new series, the first Jungle Beat animated feature film, Jungle Beat: The Movie will be released in cinemas globally from this summer. The film is produced by Mauritian based Sandcastle Studios and Cape Town’s Sunrise Productions, and distributed worldwide by Timeless Films.

The studio are looking forward to presenting Season 8 of Jungle Beat to new and existing partners at Kidscreen this week.

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For more information about Monster Entertainment contact: Andrew Fitzpatrick

For more information about Sunrise Productions contact: Hayley Porter

About the series

“Jungle Beat: Munki and Trunk” is a tree-crashing, rock-smashing, water-splashing, fruit-mashing, knock-about comedy adventure for kids aged 4 - 7 years. Munki is a vine-swinging force of nature, hungry for bananas and adventure. Trunk is a big-hearted elephant who loves to nurture and play. These unlikely best friends explore their world together, facing fears and helping friends along the way. It’s the most fun you can have in the jungle!

About Sunrise Productions

Sunrise is a production company with a full service animation studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. Launched in 1998, Sunrise made an impact on the world of media with the release of the first ever feature length stop motion animation to come out of Africa: The Legend of the Sky Kingdom. Sunrise has a passion for quality storytelling, and a conviction that film is the world’s favourite media for stories. Their mission is to inspire, entertain, challenge and enchant audiences worldwide, providing the finest in family entertainment. Their flagship animation series is Jungle Beat, the multi-award winning series of animated short films that have been broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide. Sunrise has also pioneered an entrepreneurial 3D animated character branding and marketing model for high profile sports brands, and partners include England Rugby’s Football Union, The South African Rugby Union, Sharks Rugby, Cricket South Africa, the Welsh Rugby Rugby Union and Juventus Football Club. Sunrise is currently in production on a new Jungle Beat series, as well as their first Jungle Beat feature film.

About Monster Entertainment

Monster Entertainment is a brand management company which develops entertainment brands and distributes them worldwide. While Monster handles a diverse range of programming in the areas of children’s programming, music and documentaries, the core business is mainstream children’s animation.

About Sandcastle Studios

Sandcastle Studios is an animation studio based on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Launched in 2018, Sandcastle’s first feature film, Jungle Beat: The Movie is in final stages of production, and is slated for global release in 2020. The film is a co production with Sunrise Productions and based off the highly successful Jungle Beat brand, which has been broadcast in approximately 200 countries worldwide and has a 65 million per month audience on YouTube. Jungle Beat: The Movie is the first in what is potentially slated to be Sandcastle Studio’s flagship franchise of feature films for this popular brand.

About Timeless Films

Timeless Films was launched in September 2009 by industry veteran Ralph Kamp (former CEO of Icon and Odyssey Entertainment). Timeless is an international production and sales company, which has built a unique position in the worldwide marketplace as the only independent production and sales company that focuses exclusively on animated and family films.