Toon in

Highlights among still-not-completed pics

Projects at Cartoon Movie 2011 target more adult audiences than usual, involve high-profile filmmakers and range widely in budgets.

“1884: Yesterday’s Future”
Retro sci-fi fantasy in the style of Terry Gilliam. Now in development. Tim Ollive, a Brit digital animation specialist and former Gilliam collaborator, helms. U.K.’s Steam Driven Films and France’s 2d3D Animations co-produce.

“Adama”
Immigration tale marks feature debut of former Lyon graffiti artist Simon Rouby. Co-produced by France’s Naia Prods. and Germany’s Selavy Film Intl.

“Ana”
The adventure of an eight-year-old girl who tries to save her mother. Spain’s R&R Communications and Mexico’s Lo Coloco Films are co-producers. A 3D project from Mexico’s director Carlos Carrera (“The Crime of Father Amaro”).

“Color Me Happy”
Paintings’ figures are brought to life. From writer-director Jean-François Laguionie (“Black Mor’s Island”). Ready for delivery at Cannes. Rezo handles international sales.

“French Riviera”
A $20.4 million thriller by Gallic toon powerhouses EuropaCorp and Les Armateurs. Directed by graphic artist Richard Zielenkiewicz; 3D CGI animation with an Art deco rendering. At the concept stage.

“Little Caribou”
Barry Donoghue’s delicately hand-drawn story of two Inuit siblings; at THE concept stage, from Irish studio Barley Films.

“The Jungle”
Adult-oriented pic in development is an adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s novel by Hungary’s Tibor Banoczki. Co-produced by Firkafilm Studio with U.K.’s Quark Films.

“Niko — Family Affairs”
A pan-European co-production and sequel to “Niko & the Way to the Stars,” pic sold to more than 120 countries. Theatrical release scheduled for 2012.

The Suicide Shop
Musical comedy marks animated feature debut of French helmer Patrice Leconte. The $11 million France-Belgium-Canada co-production, led by Thomas Langmann’s La Petite Reine, is scheduled for a 2012 release. Kinology reps sales.

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