German Fed Film Fund backs toons

Fund providing coin to 'Jasper'

BERLIN — The German Federal Film Fund has added two international animated feature films to the growing list of productions it is backing.

The fund is providing E655,081 ($880,559) to Eckart Fingberg’s German-French co-production “Jasper — Journey to the End of the World,” which Fox is releasing domestically next summer.

Hamburg-based Toons ‘n’ Tales (TNT) is producing the pic, about penguin siblings who set off on an adventure.

“Niko & the Way to the Stars” from Munich-based Ulysses, a division of Irish animation group Magma Films, and Universum Film, received $340,000.

Pic about a young reindeer’s search for his father is due for release via Universum in December 2008.

Since launching at the beginning of the year, the fund has backed 34 projects to the tune of $28.3 million, including high-profile international pics such as Warner Bros.’ “Speed Racer,” which is shooting near Berlin. Pic received $12.3 million from the fund.

“The Last Station,” Michael Hoffman’s $16 million biopic about Leo Tolstoy starring Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep, is also set to get coin.

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