LOS ANGELES, Calif., September 30, 2014 — National television distributor American Public Television (APT) and presenting station KRCB announced the pilot episode of the new animated series LOST TREASURE HUNT will be available to Public TV stations beginning October 2014 (check local listings). This new history series, developed by the award-winning animators behind Shrek, The Iron Giant, and Frozen, will change the way television mixes entertainment and education.
Based on an original story by Matt Davis (DreamWorks and Sony), LOST TREASURE HUNT is a fast moving adventure that combines high caliber history with engaging characters and plot twists that will challenge anyone who thinks history is not relevant or exciting.
“Rather than limit the amount of educational content, LOST TREASURE HUNT makes history central to the plot and essential to the story,” Matt Davis explains. “By keeping the action moving quickly and not watering down history, we can delve into detailed, and sometimes challenging, history topics in a way that is relevant to viewers.”
The 30-minute pilot episode, scripted by David Rosenberg (Nickelodeon’s Rocket Power, Rugrats, and The Wild Thornberrys), kicks off as LOST TREASURE HUNT characters Ava and Dex race to find actual historic artifacts on the trail of Christopher Columbus in Italy, Spain, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. They dodge spies and counterspies while uncovering clues, and learning about multiple sides of the Columbus story. Public TV stations nationwide will air the special over Columbus Day weekend, with re-broadcasts for December, and into 2015.
Director Richard Bazley brought his experience as a veteran Disney animator to LOST TREASURE HUNT with a traditional animation style that sets a new standard for digital 2D animation. “We wanted to break new ground not only with the story, but also with the animation,” said Bazley (Disney and Warner Bros.) “Working with the talented animators at Ghostbot Studios, we were continually pushing the boundaries of animated adventure for television.”
The animated sequences are filled with authentic details. Historical items are based on rare, real life documents from collections in Europe and the Americas. Using layered storytelling that reaches out to multiple age groups, LOST TREASURE HUNT is a unique collaboration between historians and animators interested in bringing history to a new generation.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provided funding for this series as an opportunity to promote history for children and also reach “tweens” and other underserved age groups. After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in May, LOST TREASRUE HUNT raised $12,332 (above its $10,000 goal) to donate DVDs to schools in need and broadcast the pilot nationally through APT.
“Our goal for LOST TREASURE HUNT,” Davis adds, “was not to promote a specific viewpoint, but instead launch a series that will ignite a young generation’s interest in history and our common heritage.”
Future episodes include sending the LOST TREASURE HUNT characters to find Harriet Tubman clues along the Underground Railroad or to Boston to understand the causes of the American Revolution.
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