Based on a children’s book “Mousse” (2015) by Claire Lebourg, Rosalie Benevello & Vinnie Bose chose the charming kid´s story for a school project, while studying in La Poudrière school, in Valence. After that, they loved the project so much, they pitched it trough CARTOON Forum 2019, and it got picked up by Vivement Lundi!. Now under production as a 5 minutes 52 episode series, we have a preview for you until it arrives in 2020.
The directors share that in the original story there was just Mousse, as a kind of mouse or small animal. When they did test with children, though, they all thought it was a sock, so it became a sock.
Bichon was upgraded from a secondary character to a co-protagonist.
“Mousse and Bichon is not a typical duo. Mousse is a sock, quite introverted and shy, while Bichon is a walrus, who is extroverted and talkative!
Mousse lives in a wooden house on a beach and Bichon lives in the ocean, but comes over to Mousse’s place everyday to play with him. Their stories are narrated to the rhythm of the tide, which flows into Mousse’s living room every evening to spend the night. In the morning as Mousse wakes up, the tide leaves the living room, always leaving behind little seashells or a surprise for Mousse.
Narrated with a poetic and comic touch, Mousse & Bichon is a series that talks about looking out for one another and helping each other out. Despite Mousse and Bichon’s different views on the world, they are best friends who discover the world around them hand in hand. ”
– Project Synopsis (from zippyframes.com)
If you want to, check out Rosalie Benevello and Vinnie Bose´s work.