In 2022, Netflix’s first Brazilian children’s animated series, produced by Chatrone, arrived on streaming and touched the hearts of many viewers. Now, Zeraldo’s classic Brazilian children’s literature novel has just been nominated for the 51st International Emmy Award, one of television’s biggest awards.
The production competes in the “Best Children’s Animation” category with: Moominvalley (Finland); Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure (Japan) and The Smeds and The Smoos (UK). In total, there are 56 nominees in 14 categories, representing 20 countries. The awards ceremony will be held on November 20 in New York.
“We are very touched by the nomination,” says Antonio Pinto. “It has been more than 40 years that Menino Maloquinho has filled the imagination of Brazilian children in a unique way, and competing for this award helps convey the essence of Maloquinho to the whole world.” , who, in addition to being one of the greatest composers of world cinema, composed the series’ soundtrack with Andre Abujamra, who is the son of Zeraldo and the main composer’s inspiration for the character Menino Maloquinho.
This was the first time that the work was turned into an animated series, carrying surprises with new characters and a plot that includes contemporary themes of the world of “O Menino Maluquinho.” This adaptation created a new generation of fans of the boy with the pot on his head, “with his eyes bigger than his stomach and the wind at his feet” – who was also depicted in films and comics.
In Chatron’s production, diversity and racial representation are celebrated on and off screen. The project was produced entirely in Brazil, during the pandemic and remotely, and involved people from all regions of Brazil and women in all leadership positions. Additionally, all of the original voice actors have the same ethnic and racial identity as the characters they play.
“It was an honor and the biggest challenge of our lives to make this adaptation. This project was built by many people, from all over Brazil, and contains a part of each person’s childhood. We are very happy to have Emmy Award.
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