31 December 2012
| 5/10 |
Jose C. Garcia de Letona
Discovery Family, 7TWO
| Bill Schultz
Katherine Cohn Beck
Fernando de Fuentes, Jose C. Garcia de Letona, Bill Schultz
Bugsted, CJ the DJ, Clang Invasion, Sandra the Fairytale Detective, Skinner Boys: Guardian
Teenage Fairytale Dropouts (also known as Generación Fairytale in Latin American Spanish) is an animated series created by Adolfo Martinez Vara and José C. Garcia de Letona. Loosely based on the 2003 Mexican animated film, Magos y Gigantes, the series was created and produced by Ánima Estudios and co-produced with SLR Productions, Home Plate Entertainment, and Telegael. It premiered on Seven Network in Australia on 31 December 2012. Although information about the show's premiere network in Mexico is yet to be announced, it premiered on digital platforms.
The show later premiered in the United States on the Hub Network on 31 May 2014. It subsequently was dropped and did not air its full run due to the October 2014 conversion of the network to Discovery Family.
Ánima Estudios has launched an official YouTube channel for the Spanish-language version of the show on 7 May 2015, with an English-language version being launched a week later on 14 May 2015.
Teenage Fairytale Dropouts Wikipedia
The series takes place in a fairy tale-like setting. Three friends, Jeremiah, the son of the giant in Jack and Beanstalk and Trafalgar, the nephew of Merlin the Wizard, a wingless fairy named Fury, the daughter of Tooth Fairy, live through a tough life as teenagers and are determined to be themselves, despite their parents' orders and their fairy tale origins.John Hasler as Trafalgar, the nephew of Merlin the Wizard, who can't correctly cast spells.
Katherine Cohn Beck as Fury, the wingless daughter of Tooth Fairy.
Simon Kennedy as Jeremiah, the son of the Giant from 'Jack and the Beanstalk', who is not a giant himself.
Nigel Pilkington as Jimmy Rella, Evil Earl, Chuck Charming
Dan Russell as Magic Mirror, Merlin, Pinocchio, Jr.
Emma Tate as Mother Goose, Fairy Godmother, Melody
Melissa Rauch as Miss Macabre
On 28 September 2011, Ánima Estudios has announced an international partnership with SLR Productions, Home Plate Entertainment, and Telegael and have green-lighted the show. "We’re thrilled to have such extraordinary partners on board for this series. I think what has really brought us together is a love for our quirky main characters," said Jose Carlos Garcia de Letona, Ánima Estudios’ executive VP. "Aussie kids will connect with the series – it is fun and quirky. It is a fresh spin on timeless classic characters.", said Suzanne Ryan, CEO of SLR Productions. According to Fernando de Fuentes, the series' producer, he said that, although the show is Mexican, it was designed for an English-language audience.
This show is based on the character profiles from Ánima Estudios' first film, Wizards and Giants, according to series' creator José C. García de Letona. "History comes, somehow, [from] our first movie, Wizards and Giants, but already very distantly," he said. "It follows some of the references and character profiles, but some things change radically." He also said that 70% of the show's production is taken place in Mexico, while the rest is taken place in other countries.
On 7 April 2013, Canada's 9 Story Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to the series and has landed new sales on 9 December 2013.
On 28 April 2014, the Hub Network acquired the United States rights to the show and was broadcast on 31 May 2014. This was the first time a major American cable network buys a Latin American animated television production for channel transmission, as the series was primarily produced in Mexico. According to the Ánima Estudios executives, it nearly took nearly 2 years for the show to enter the U.S. market. This also marked a history for the studio, as this was the first time they entered a major U.S. market.
The show has received favorable reviews. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars and wrote, "Teenage Fairytale Dropouts delivers some really admirable messages through three teen characters who are floundering their way through growing up. Sure, it has fun with the fact that Fury's still waiting to "develop" her wings and Jeremiah's small stature is almost comical given his genetic giantism, but the ultimately none of these issues puts a dent in the teens' solid self-esteem. What's more, while each story puts the characters in a rebellious situation of some kind (borrowing the family's golden goose without permission or misusing magic, for instance), there's always an obvious consequence and some positive lesson to be learned from the experience."
Teenage Fairytale Dropouts is broadcast on Seven Network and ABC1 in Australia, HBO Asia and HBO Family Asia in Singapore, Sun Network in India, and Discovery Family (formerly Hub Network) in the United States.