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.
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.
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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