‘Happets’ rolls out first deals

S3D pic gets Madrid Showcase slot

PARIS — Madrid-based 6 Sales is rolling out sales on “La Tropa de trapo” (The Happets), one of Spain’s first stereoscopic 3D toon pics.

A pre-school feature for 2-6 year olds, directed by Catalan Alex Colls, “Happets” has closed South Korea (Noori Pics), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Shapira) and Continental (former Yugoslavia).

Alta Films, Spain’s top arthouse/crossover distrib, has taken Spanish rights.

According to 6 Sales topper Marina Fuentes, 6 Sales is in talks to close Japan, France and Germany.

Some of these deals, she added, may be finalized at the 5th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings, where the last 17 minutes of “Happets” will screen Tuesday at Madrid’s S3D equipped Cine Berlanga.

Shot in Spanish and English, and a loose spin-off of a series on Catalan pubcaster TV3, “Happets” has been made from conception in S3D using computer stop motion, which reduces single frame rendering to just five minutes, and minimizes costs, Colls said.

Skedded for an October release, “Happets” is likely to face off with Fernando Cortizo’s “O Apostolo,” also up for a fall opening, as Spain first S3D toon release.

Produced by Colls own label, Anera Films, Pancho Casals’ Continental Producciones and Abano Producciones, “Happets” tells the sweetly cautionary tale of Mumu, a little cow who abandons her non-glam friends to become a star with some very cool sheep. She comes to rue her decision.

“I’d like to think that ‘Happets’ is an ideal choice for young children to see as their very first film,” Colls told Daily Variety.

Madrid de Cine runs June 20-22.

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