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Mercury Filmworks Tries ‘Underwear Dragon’ For Animated Series


Canadian company Mercury Filmworks has acquired the rights to develop and produce a new animated children’s series based on Scott Rothman’s acclaimed children’s picture book dragon attack underwear (October 2020, Random House), an Amazon Editor’s Choice and National Independent Bestseller, illustrated by New York Times‘ Best-selling illustrator and Annie Award-nominated animator Pete Oswald.

Medieval stories about valiant knights and dastardly dragons infused with a new twist will be delivered in Tales of the Dragon Underwear, a 2D animated series (11′ x 52) for children aged 6 to 11. Featuring every kid’s favorite things – brave knights, fire-breathing dragons and underwear – this irreverent comedy will feature the adventures (and misadventures) of 10-year-old Cole as he learns to become an assistant knight.

Cole quickly discovers that the Knights may seem tough and brave on the outside, but on the inside they have fears and anxieties like him and everyone else. And over the course of the show, and through his constant battles with The Underwear Dragon, Cole learns to dream bigger and realize he’s capable of amazing things. Each episode will feature an original song, written by composer, producer, arranger and orchestrator Tony, Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Bill Sherman (Sesame Street, In the Heights, Hamilton).

“Behind every hit show is an incredible team, and we’re blessed to have a truly fantastic trio. Thanks to Scott’s hilarious and heartfelt storytelling, Pete Oswald’s magical illustration style, and Bill’s original songs , our show will be unlike anything kids have seen before,” said Heath Kenny, director of content at Mercury Filmworks. Tales of the Dragon Underwear will be a fun and adventurous comedy, it will also stand out as the series will wear its heart on its sleeve and kids will recognize each other as our pint-sized hero overcomes all manner of obstacles to become a true hero, or should I say assistant hero.”

“Comedy will be the main focus of this series, but there will also be a lot of heart,” added author Rothman. “As dads, we all wanted to create a show that we would love to see our own kids watch. Tales of the Dragon Underwear will teach children never to underestimate themselves and to realize that they are capable of great things. It doesn’t matter that Cole is an orphan who came from nothing, what matters is that he never gives up and always finds a way to solve his problems. At the same time, children will learn that although people may be afraid of certain things, they will always be able to overcome their fears and win the day.

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Scott Rothman is the author of several picture books, including the next Mako & Tiger: two not so friendly sharks (Random House), Perfect, not perfect (Roaring Brook Press) and The blue bison needs a haircut (Random House, also illustrated by Oswald). He is also a screenwriter and has sold screenplays to Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and New Line Cinema. A screenplay he co-wrote, draft day, topped the 2012 blacklist before its acquisition and subsequent production by Lionsgate as a feature film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner. Additionally, Scott co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy Army of One, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Larry Charles.

Pete Oswald is an Annie Award-nominated animation production designer best known for The Angry Birds Movie film franchise and Oscar nominee Paranormand, in addition to several studio animated films. As a character designer and concept artist, Oswald helped elevate many of the most successful animated franchises, including Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, cloudy with a chance of meatballs 1 & 2; and Hotel Transylvania.

Bill Sherman is the musical director of Tony, Emmy and Grammy Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Nature Cat and Donkey Hodie on PBS and HBO. Recently, he was the executive music producer for the film adaptation of In the heights for Warner Bros. Pictures directed by Jon Chu; and Tick, tick boom! for Netflix directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Mercury Filmworks is one of the most prolific independent studios in Canada and has brought to life internationally acclaimed animated films, including Hilda, Mickey Mouse, Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, The Lion Guard, Wander Over Yonder, Curious George: The Movie, The PowerPuff Girls Movie and Looney Tunes: back in actionin collaboration with partners such as Disney, Netflix, Amazon, AppleTV+, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Universal, American Greetings, Entertainment One, Mattel, Technicolor, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Teletoon.


Tales of the Dragon Underwear

Tales of the Dragon Underwear