Laurel and Hardy are preparing to return the small screen in a new animated series from Gaumont Animation.
The French animation studio is set to finance, produce and distribute 78 episodes of a 2D animated series.
The firm acquired the rights to the classic comedy characters from Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation, nearly 50 years after the original 156 episode animated series was produced.
Larry Harmon Pictures and Hanna-Barbera co-produced the original Laurel & Hardy cartoon – based on the antics of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – in the 1960s.
Gaumont’s new comedy series will be aimed at kids aged five to eight years old, and the studio plans to launch a range of licensed merchandise.
“Laurel and Hardy are without a doubt two of the world’s best known icons, said Pierre Belaîsch, managing director, Gaumont Animation.
“To be given the opportunity to re-launch this unique iconic property has been a dream of mine for many years.
In 1966 Hanna-Barbera produced 156 animated episodes and fans everywhere fell in love with the animated duo. We want to bring the world a totally new series with an updated look, design and feel while maintaining the slapstick humour that made this twosome world famous.
“Additionally, we are honoured to be working directly with Larry Harmon Pictures, who has owned the rights to Laurel and Hardy for nearly 50 years.”