Tupu is a French/Canadian two-dimensional (2D) animated television series co-produced by France and Canada, developed by the French animation studio Xilam, directed by Xavier Giacometti, featuring the adventures of the fictional New York mayor's son, Norton, with a redheaded girl named Tupu in New York, focusing in Central Park. One series was produced, consisting of twenty-six episodes.
The series revolves around a semi-wild girl, Tupu who retains manners and learns a basic understanding of English. She lives with her friend, Whatzup , a squirrel, and also spends a lot of time with Norton.
Tupu also had befriended all of the animals in the Central Park Zoo. Norton lives with his father, Mayor Bordon and has a privileged life, being chauffeured around town, especially to Central Park in a stretch limousine.
However, Tupu is incessantly chased by the Central Park guard, Schubert Shoobz, who makes every endeavor to prove her existence. Yet he keeps failing in catching her. His unconfirmed claim that a wild girl hides in the park has led people to perceive him as deranged.
The show now is quite rare, and many countries no longer hold rights to the show. ABC in Australia currently has no plans to re-purchase the rights to the series, and only ran the show four times, not in order. In France, Gulli cancelled it only last year, ending on episode 14.
On the 29/03/13, the children's TV channel, KiKa (from ZDF), finished airing the series. They also concluded on episode 14.
No country other than the Netherlands has had DVDs released. No further plans have been made for DVD releases in other countries. There is an online petition to get Tupu released on DVD. ABC no longer holds rights to release DVDs.
An official Facebook website was created for Tupu on the 28th of May 2013. No information has been posted related to broadcast or DVDs.
Home video release
Tupu has been released on DVD in the Netherlands on three volumes. The first two DVDs consisting of four episodes, and the third containing five (half of the series). The only available language track is Dutch. One of the episodes has the wrong episode audio track, belonging to that of the first episode again. The DVDs were released by Bright vision Entertainment and licensed by ZDF.
Online there is a petition to get Tupu released on DVD. There is a need of 10,000 signatures. it is unsure if the number is reached that Xilam will release the entire series or any DVDs at all.
|Tupu||Bailey Stocker||Lynda Harchaoui|
|Schubert Shoobz||Gérard Surugue|
|Mama Shoobz||Jennifer Seugin|
|Norton's mother||Sonja Ball||Véronique Augereau|
|Miss Milleborne||Cathy Cerda|
|Mayor Bordon||Pierre-François Pistorio|