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Teuton X cops ‘Robbers’ toon

Shingle aims for the tiny tots

BERLIN — Animation X, the new toon shingle launched by Berlin-based X Filme and private Teutonic fund German Film Prods., has begun its first feature, an adaptation of Tomi Ungerer’s children’s book “The Three Robbers.”

X Filme’s Stefan Arndt, GFP topper David Groenewold and Animation X managing director Stephan Schesch said they want to appeal to kids under 5, a niche not served by recent high-profile animated films like “The Incredibles.”

“Pixar movies are the modern Disney films, but they are to a large extent aimed at an older audience,” said Schesch.

In Germany, “The Incredibles” and “Monsters, Inc.” received age 6 ratings.

Budgeted at E3.5 million ($4.5 million), “The Three Robbers” is backed by Groenewold’s GFP 2 fund.

Animation X also is planning a live-action adaptation of Walter Moers’ series of children books that will be a combination of live action and CGI in the vein of “Dark Crystal.”

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