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Animation Vets Launch Astro-Nomical Entertainment To Make Indie Toons

21 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Former ToonBox exec Jay Ahn and animation industry veteran Chris Henderson have launched Astro-Nomical Entertainment, a development and production company aiming to make high-quality independent animated family films. Its first project in the works is the feature film Mean Margaret, based on the children's book by Tor Seidler. Mulan co-director Barry Cook is in talks to direct, and Im Global will handle worldwide sales. Astro-Nomical will be backed by China-based… »

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Astro-Nomical Launching with ‘Mean Margaret’ Animated Movie

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Animation veterans Jay Ahn and Chris Henderson are launching Astro-Nomical Entertainment with “Mean Margaret” as its first project.

The company is touting itself as a full-service development and production company making animated family films. Backed by China-based Characterplan, Astro-Nomical Entertainment is preparing to commence production on “Mean Margaret” and is in talks with “Mulan” director Barry Cook to helm.

Based in Burbank, Astro-Nomical is aiming at mid-budget animated films and franchises, generating ongoing revenue streams across multiple media platforms. It will cater to both the domestic and  international markets, with a particular strategic focus on China.

Kevin Niu is on board as the company’s business adviser and industry expert David Alper will also serve as an adviser.

Mean Margaret,” based on the children’s book by Tor Seidler, centers on a cranky toddler from a family of nine who is taken in by two woodchucks and raised as their own. »

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‘Household Pests,’ ‘Mean Margaret’ Movies Receive Backing

18 July 2016 7:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

United Media Capital has formed a joint venture fund with Pigmental Studios and United Independents Group to co-finance a slate of animated and live action films, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first two films will be animated titles “Household Pests” and “Mean Margaret.” Sergio Pablos, the co-creator of “Despicable Me,” is producing “Household Pests” with Marina Martins of Pigmental Studios, Dennis Lorrig, Robert Rodriguez, George Malasek and John Cole.

Household Pests,” based on an original idea from Pablos, follows an imaginative boy who battles monsters under his bed every night, while his mother refuses to believe that they exist. An undercover monster exterminator helps the boy save his town.

Mean Margaret” is based on the children’s book of the same name. That film is being produced by Jay Ahn and Chris Henderson (“Return to Neverland”) with Chuck Williams (“Brother Bear”) managing for new studio Astro-Nomical Entertainment.

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