For the past few years, I've been following the development of a french animated TV series whose english title came to be A Kind of Magic (it is now known as simply Magic in France; though, for a long time before it had aired, it was titled La Famille Féerique -- "The Magical Family").
I had mainly become interested in this show due to the involvement of Arthur De Pins, who is among my favorite current illustrators. He had posted some early design work for the show on his website several years back, and it immediately struck me that this would be a whimsically wonderful cartoon TV series.
From what little I have managed to see of the finished show, that first impression seems to have been correct. It feels kinda like someone mushed together classic 'magical' TV series such as I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and The Addams Family .. mixed in a dash of japanese 'magical' anime series like Minky Momo, Witch Sari, and Urusei Yatsura .. and filtered it all through a slick and appealing (yet, nearly abstract) graphic 'look' which can be compared favorably with modern TV design gems like Samurai Jack or Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
Take a look at the main title:
The series began airing on France 3 (and also on France's Disney Channel) in December of 2008. 26 episodes were ordered; though, I am unsure how many have been produced/aired, thus far. The show is also seen in Germany, Italy, Spain, Asia, South America, and Australia. Sadly -- although an 'english-language' voice track has been produced for that last market -- I have yet to find any news of A Kind of Magic seeing release in North America or Great Britain.
The mother and father are Willow the fairy and Gregore the (vegetarian) ogre. Their relationship is apparently frowned-upon in their 'magical' world -- so, the couple emigrates to the 'real' world to escape this prejudice, and to raise their son Tom and daughter Cindy (short for Cinderella..?) in relative peace. Unfortunately, the sharp-tongued witch Ferocia, stuffy Monseigneur (an aged frog prince still in search of that elusive kiss), and fast-talking G the genie (who has eschewed living within lamps in favor of laptops or cell phones) have also tagged along.
Most of the humor stems from the magical immigrants' 'fish-out-of-water' antics which threaten to expose their 'magic-ness' to the decidedly normal next-door neighbors. It is usually up to Tom (who seems to be the most 'normal' member of the family) to reign-in the silliness and save the day.
Several clip scenes from the show can be viewed by clicking the various characters on the official Magic website .. though, of course, both the clips and the website are in french language only.
Have any of our Continental (or Australian) A-N&V members seen the show..? Any word of a DVD collection coming soon ..
Of course, if anyone has learned for certain whether this show will make it to North American/British broadcast -- I'd certainly be interested to know!