Antin animation is budgeted at $6 million

BUENOS AIRES — French animation studio Folimage has boarded Argentine toonpic “Los Dioses de Lata” (Tin Gods) to be directed by Juan Antin. Director’s debut feature toon, sci-fi tale “Mercano the Martian,” sold to 11 territories, including France and Japan.

“Tin Gods,” a co-production between Antin’s Ayllu Animaciones and France’s O2B Films, has a budget of Euros 4 million ($6 million), far lower than the $10.5 million average for European animated pics, kept down by lower labor and production costs in Argentina.

“Tin Gods” is about a native American boy taken to the old world by Spanish conquerors. The boy thinks he is going to where the gods live.

“It is a universal story about one of the biggest moments in history, the story of the Americas,” Antin told Variety. “It changed the history of mankind,” he said, adding that the message is of respect for earth and people.

Production will start in March 2010 for a release at the end of that year or in 2011, Antin said.

Folimage will work as a partner studio and tap into European funds.

“Tin Gods” will be produced in English-, French- and Spanish- language versions, helping expand sales opportunities, Antin said.

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