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Bruel also shared his excitement in finding a creative home for his treasured title, noting, “I asked Kitty how excited she was to have a series produced by Boat Rocker. She yawned and reminded me to clean her litterbox before slipping into her late morning, pre-afternoon nap. I, on the other hand, am delighted to be working with Boat Rocker on turning Bad Kitty into an animated series. This company has the right kind of creative energy and entertainment bonafides perfect for my ornery pussycat. I honestly can’t wait to see what our future together holds.”
Independent entertainment company Boat Rocker has landed the rights to develop an animated television series based on the popular Bad Kitty children’s book series from author Nick Bruel.
Boat Rocker has recently worked on an increasing number of kids and family series, including Disney’s Dino Ranch; Netflix’s Daniel Spellbound; CBBC, iPlayer, YTV, and HBO Max’s The Next Step; and Apple TV+’s Amber Brown. The company is now in development on Stuffed — an animated series based on Erik McCurdy’s comic strip about the adventures of a young girl and her motley crew of plush toys.
“I’m horribly allergic to cats, but turns out what Nick created with Bad Kitty – a series beloved by millions of fans around the world for its humor and accessible storytelling – is the perfect remedy,” joked Bob Higgins, EVP content, Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family, in a statement.
Jon Rutherford, president of Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family, added, “We feel incredibly fortunate to be working with Nick to bring this character to the screen and continue building our growing slate of engaging and original Kids & Family content.”
Since its release in 2005, the Bad Kitty series has become a New York Times best-seller to the tune of over 20 million copies sold, and has been published in 23 languages across dozens of territories internationally. The stories center around a mischievous housecat named Kitty who has a unique knack for creating chaos throughout her owner’s home.