Copernicus boards ‘Boogie’ toon

Company joins Illusion Studios, Perro Verde Films

Nova Scotia-based Copernicus Studios has boarded Illusion’s hard-boiled hoodlum satire “Boogie, the Aceitoso,” taking minority co-production equity in the Argentina-Spain toon pic.

Currently in pre-production and skedded for delivery in early 2009, the noirish 2-D and live-action tooner, which targets 15-plus auds, is now a three-way production between Buenos Aires’ Illusion Studios, Manuel Cristobal’s Perro Verde Films and Copernicus. The deal was brought to Copernicus by exec Paul Regg.

With “Boogie,” Illusion Studios, behind blockbuster “Patoruzito” with Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group, is refashioning its pencil-based production operation into a digital studio with 2-D Toon Boom and Maya 8.5 3-D software.

Illusion’s Gaston Cami, org’s head of international relations, is also moving “Valentina,” a tween and pre-tween classy non-Barbie girly feature due out in Argentinean theaters this July during the country’s winter vacation.

A third project, the ironic “Gaturro,” illustrates Illusion’s diversification in toon styles, targeting family auds. Pushed by Illusion and the high-profile projects of Patagonik, such as “The Hairy Tooth Fairy,” Argentina is rapidly emerging as Latin America’s toon hub.

One reason is the richness of its publishing industries, servicing Latin America’s most middle-class country.

“Valentina adapts a girl diary, which has already spawned a merchandising business ranging from sneakers to hats with eight dedicated retail outlets in Argentina. The franchise will now expand to Brazil and Mexico, Cami said.

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