June 28, 2023

MIMO Studios and Like a Photon Creative’s animated adaptation of Pout-Pout Fish has started production in Australia, with Macmillan Publishers serving as executive producer and financier of the project.

Based on the bestselling picture book franchise from author Deborah Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna, Pout-Pout Fish: The Movie will follow the original adventure of the fish with a “frowny face and a big heart”, as he and his friends navigate their undersea world. Named a New York Times bestseller and top 10 children’s book by Time magazine, the Pout-Pout Fish franchise spans more than 40 titles and has sold over 10 million copies in print.

Pout-Pout Fish was originally acquired by Cyma Zarghami’s full-service production and consultancy company in 2021 and was among one of the first announced projects from the Nickelodeon veteran.

“At a time when the demand for kids and family content is at an all-time high, as evidenced by the runaway success of films like Super Mario Bros., we are so thrilled and honored to be able to partner with the incredibly talented Like a Photon Creative to bring the wonderful book series The Pout-Pout Fish to life,” MIMO Studios founder and CEO Zarghami said. “With a slew of wonderful adventures and incredible brand awareness, this is the exact type of project I envisioned when I began MIMO and is something that certainly could become a major franchise for us.”

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