Iconic Japanese cat – and international star of just about anything you could put its face on – Hello Kitty is heading back to television in an animated series of 52, 11-minute episodes. Currently in development and set for an early 2021 premiere, the new series is being produced by France's Monello Productions and Watch Next Media in cooperation with Sanrio.
The World of Hello Kitty will feature the famous titular character along with her friends from the Sanrio universe as they try to live in harmony in their not-so-quiet neighbourhood. Kitty's friends are all very different and they each have their little quirks, so their tight-knit community is often put to the test. But at the end of the day, Kitty always brings them back together, because she accepts her friends for who they are.
Watch Next's Kids First will handle worldwide financing and distribution – with ABC International handling financing and distribution in Asia. As the home for Hello Kitty, Sanrio will continue to control licensing and merchandising rights for the property.
Hello Kitty is no stranger to television, and The World of Hello Kitty is far from the cat's first venture. From 1987 to 2006, the famous feline appeared in seven different shows: Growing up Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater, Hello Kitty and Friends, Hello Kitty's Paradise, Hello Kitty's Animation Theater, Hello Kitty's Stump Theater, and The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Friends.