Stepping on the heels behind them in Forum of cartoons in Toulouse shared with Norwegian Den Siste Skilling and German Knudsen Pictures Diversity first look at their upcoming project”Kakabanana.”
The children’s comedy series, created by screenwriter Rolf-Magne Golten Andersen (“Bounty Hunters”) and directed by Markus and Tommy Wad Floaden (“Space Chickens in Space”), tells the story of a school kid whose crazy inventions don’t always turn out the way they should. While the jack-of-all-trades only wants to make life easier for his coconut dad, banana mom, and little sister, sometimes chaos—and his own imagination—gets the best of him.
“It’s a completely bananas show about the ability to make mistakes and recover from them,” says Golten Anderson Diversity. “Cocobanana’s motto is to fail fast and try again, and our goal is to make a show that resonates with and entertains kids around the world. [We want] to remind them that things don’t need to be taken so seriously, that it’s okay to fail. But the most important thing is to try again.”
The screenwriter first introduced his character in a bedtime story, spinning out strange situations where Kakabanana’s good intentions pave the way for chaos. Success at home soon led to success across Norway as Golten Andersen began sharing his tales as podcasts and audiobooks, and then as a popular children’s book series with six volumes already published and twelve more to come.
When directors Markus and Tommy Wad Fladden were preparing the character for the screen, they gave the figure a more streamlined look. “It’s always important that the characters are relatable and easy for kids to draw,” says co-director Markus Vad Floaden. “I had that in mind when I designed it. I can definitely say that it’s fun to draw and move with it.”
“We hope that by bringing the cocoa beans stories to life through animation, we can make even more children laugh,” adds Golten Andersson. “Being twins and fools, [Markus and Tommy] mostly the animated characters themselves. By having them on the show, we know they are going to bring the heart and comedy of Cocobanana to the screen.”