Gaumont to Remake 'Laurel & Hardy' Animated Series

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Stan Laurel, left, and Oliver Hardy starred in this riotous 1933 comedy of fraternity and marital mishaps, which ranked among the top 10 box-office hits after its release. Film scholars and fans consider it to be the duo’s finest feature.

The new episodes will be the first about the legendary comedy duo since the series launched in 1966.

Legendary comic duo Laurel & Hardy are set to return to the small screen in a new animated series produced by Gaumont Animation.

The animation arm of the French mini-major is set to finance, produce and distribute 78 episodes of a 2D animated series after acquiring the rights to the classic characters from Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.

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It’s been nearly 50 years since the original 156-episode animated series was produced by Hanna-Barbera and Harmon in 1966.

It’s the latest revived title under Gaumont Animation, which was created in 2013 after the French studio acquired Alphanim, after it revived the 50-year-old character Calimero with new episodes and is currently in production on a remake of the beloved British classic Noddy.

“Laurel & Hardy are without a doubt two of the worlds’ best-known icons. To be given the opportunity to re-launch this unique iconic property has been a dream of mine for many years,” said Gaumont Animation’s managing director Pierre Belaisch. “We want to bring the world a totally new series with an updated look, design and feel while maintaining the slapstick humor that made this twosome world famous.”

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The show is targeted to children who are 5-8 years old. Gaumont also plans to support the series with licensing and merchandising campaigns.