Cartoon Movie Unveils Tributes

"Minuscule"'s director duo and distributor win Cartoon Movie tributes

French animated hit “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants” has earned its helmer duo, Helene Giraud and Thomas Szabo, and distributor, Le Pacte, two tributes at Cartoon Movie, the Lyon-based co-production forum dedicated to toons.

Voted on by Cartoon Movie’s 750 attending industryites, the European Director of the Year trophy went to Giraud and Szabo, who last teamed on the insect-centric “Minuscule,”  while the Distributor nod went to Jean Labadie’s Paris-based Le Pacte, which released the kidpic on Jan. 29.

The humor-filled, dialogue-free “Minuscule” – based on a popular TV series — was produced on a $13.8 million budget and has grossed an estimated €7.7 million ($10.9 million) through March 4 in France.

The European Producer of the Year Award went to Anton Roebben and Eric Goossens’s leading Belgian production outfit Walking The Dog, whose co-production credits range from EuropaCorp’s Berlin-preeming “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” to Enzo d’Alo’s “Pinocchio.”

Cartoon Movie feted Folimage founder Jacques-Remy Girerd with a special tribute. Among the many kudos he’s won, Girerd scooped a best animated feature European Film Award for “Mia and the Magoo,” and has now co-directed the ecological adventure toon “Aunt Hilda!” with Benoit Chieux.

Released Feb. 5 by SND in France to a to-date $474,000, “Hilda!” was one of the 60 projects productions or completed movies presented at this year’s Cartoon Movie, which wrapped on March 7.

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