ANNECY— Platypus’ “Deedee Wahoo,” Cinefantasma’s “Revoltoso,” Dei Ar Guachin Os’ “Popol Vuh” and MUV’s “El Show de Lorenzo” are four Mexican projects which were presented Friday June 19 at MIFA Territory Focus under the title “Mexico: Connecting the Dots.” The event was moderated by Jose Inesta, Pixelatl Animation fest director.
Platypus Animation Studio and Cebolla Films co-produce “Deedee Wahoo,” a cut-out 2D digital 24-seg TV skein. Deedee is a courageous six-year-old girl who embarks on adventures with Mangus the Chupacabras, her grandfather Gaspard, and B.A.B.U., a magical ship. First season ‘Deedee’ is scheduled to be fully ready August 2016. “Deede” is directed by Oscar Hernandez, Edgar Amor and Samuel Kishi, who wrote the script.
Cinefantasma’s “Revoltoso” is helmed and written –with Mauricio Calderon– by brothers Roy and Vonno Ambriz.
“Revoltoso” is “a stop-motion short cubist film about the decision to become an artist. Jabalito, a small one-eyed boar, accidentally discovers cinema in the midst of the Mexican Revolution when the estate which he lives on is attacked,” said Vonno.
Unidad 51 co-produces. “Revoltoso” is scheduled to finish postproduction at the end of 2015. Project is mentored by Guillermo del Toro, who became interested in it through its kickstarter campaign.
Dei Ar Guachin Os’ studio presented “Popol Vuh” –referring to legendary ancient Quiche text. A hybrid live action-animation feature, “Popol” is in development; Arnold Abadie will direct.
A second Dei Ar Guachin project is “Skywatcher,” a feature project to be helmed by Pablo Angeles, who won an Ariel this year for his short “Pickman’s Model.” He is now seek financing for his 3D steoreoscopic “Skywatcher,” turning on Gabriel, a young and rebellious astrophysicist, who during an alien invasion to of planet earth runs into a Skywatcher Device, which holds the power to stop the invasion and save the universe.
MUV’s “Lorenzo’s Show” is an irreverent and low-budget talkshow with singular guests whose skills are tested by extreme challenges. Targeting teens and young adults “Show” has snagged initial Mexican VOD pre-sales. Ariadna Medina and Jaime Cortes are the project’s helmers and Brian Miranda is the scriptwriter.
“Mexican creative producers have found how to produce hundreds of animation minutes with very low-budgets. However, they are mostly producing animation for commercials, given the difficulty of raising start-up capital for independent productions,” MUV’s Gabriela Acoosta told Variety.
“This year will see five Mexican toon features released in Mexico: the NDMantarraya-distribbed “The Incredible Story of the Stone Boy”; the FilmSharks-sold “Wicked Flying Monkeys’”and “El Americano: the Movie”; “Seleccion Canina,” produced by Nahuala Producciones Cinematograficas and Imagination Films; and “Ana & Bruno,” from Anima Estudios, Lo Coloco Films and Discreet Arts Productions.
“But financing continues being our main challenge. News platforms are, however, allowing us to reach other territories and animation tools are more and more accessible. That helps,” he added.
Run by Pixelatl, the Cuernavaca Vidgames and Animation Fest, founded to promote animation from Mexico, will take place Sept. 9-13.