Mixed Nutz

Norooz Productions, the people behind the popular animated film Babak & Friends, recently unveiled their latest project. Mixed Nutz is an animated extension of the Babak brand with a bunch of other multicultural characters added. It’s airing on Tapesh TV (which I’ve honestly never watched, so unfortunately I probably won’t see this until it’s out on DVD or streaming online somewhere).

The trailer is above and I’m really interested in how the show will avoid or, even better, address cultural stereotypes. But watch the trailer – it’s somewhat reminiscent of Bobby’s World. What do you think?

I honestly thought this was something completely different when I saw the name “Mixed Nutz” (as in, something totally not appropriate for children). So glad I was wrong. And also glad to see that Norooz Productions says they have “created a cultural advisory board by country to ensure accuracy and relevance of cultural content.” Here’s more from Iranian.com:

The production company has once again gone to great lengths to ensure Disney-quality animation with a superb cast of voices, musicians, artists and animators. Famous Iranian music band Kiosk and composer Mehrdad Arabifard were part of the production. The designs of characters and animation are headed up by Alfred Gimeno and Glen Kennedy, two animators who have not only won awards like Emmys but have worked at great companies likes Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and Disney. The Farsi version of the series was dubbed with professional voice-over actors from Iran to ensure quality.

Norooz Productions plans to launch Mixed Nutz on televisions stations around the world. The series, which currently consists of 13 episodes, is being dubbed into five languages, including Persian, Korean, Hindi, Spanish and French. The company has plans to air the series on major networks like Canada’s CBC, Korea’s EBS, Indian TV, Ariana TV in Afghanistan and the BBC. The founders hope that once the show is aired, the demand will enable them to renew the show for more seaons in the coming year.