TF1, Moviemax Italia buy animation

CANNES — Handmade Films Intl. has sold big budget European CGI toon “Planet 51” to TF1 for France and Moviemax Italia for Italy.

The alien planet laffer, budgeted at $60 million, was produced by Madrid’s Ilion Animation Studios and London’s Handmade Films.

Pic is about an astronaut who lands on a planet inhabited by green people who live in a society very similar to 1950s America.

The pic was sold to New Line for North American in the fall.

English language voice cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Seann William Scott, Justin Long, John Cleese and Gary Oldman.

German and Japanese deals are yet to be finalized.

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