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Henson Goes On Monster Safari

6 June 2009 11:37 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Henson name is synonymous with puppets, or rather, Muppets. Not so much animation, but everyone deserves a shot at it these days, right? According to THR, The Jim Henson Co. has joined forces with a team from Screen Novelties to begin production on Monster Safari. The team includes scribes Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman as well as directors Mark Caballero, Chris Finnegan and Seamus Walsh. Based on a previous Screen Novelties short, the movie will be stop-motion animated and will likely revolve around monsters on some sort of safari, probably in the jungle. I'm not familiar with any of their previous work, but Screen Novelties seems to have a pretty interesting style going and working with Henson will only help that. Although I'm skeptical about anything stop-motion that isn't done by Aardman, this should be an interesting addition to the genre. Check out their website here for an idea »

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Screen Novelties' Monster Safari to Become a Feature Film

5 June 2009 11:45 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

I hope this is a sign that the Jim Henson Company is coming back in a big way. The Screen Novelties short film Monster Safari is being adapted into a feature stop-motion project for the Jim Henson Co. Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman, who started the site Homestar Runner, will be working with three directors from Screen Novelties, Mark Caballero, Chris Finnegan and Seamus Walsh, to create the feature version of Monster Safari. The story revolves around what happens when the Earth's monsters come out of hiding and a pair of bumbling crypto-zoologists spring into action to save them from a ruthless big-game hunter. "What's great about Screen Novelties is their look and feel is very Henson-esque," Henson Co exec Jason Lust said. "There was a stylistic similarity." It's great to see them break out like this, especially at a place like the Jim Henson Co. "They have a wry, »

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Zobel and Chapman Go on Monster Safari

4 June 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Screenwriters Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman and three directors from the effects/production company Screen Novelties -- Mark Caballero, Chris Finnegan and Seamus Walsh -- will create the stop-motion animation project Monster Safari for the Jim Henson Co. The story revolves around what happens when the Earth's monsters come out of hiding and a pair of bumbling crypto-zoologists spring into action to save them from a ruthless big-game hunter. »

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Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman Head for Monster Safari

3 June 2009 6:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman are writing and creating Monster Safari.

The screenwriting duo as well three directors from the effects/production company Screen Novelties, they are Mark Caballero, Chris Finnegan and Seamus Walsh, will all join forces to create this stop-motion animation project for the Jim Henson Co.

Originally, the film started as a short from Screen Novelties. Henson executives Lisa Henson and Jason Lust decided the short should be feature.

"What's great about Screen Novelties is their look and feel is very Henson-esque," Lust stated. "There was a stylistic similarity."

The story looks at what happens when the Earth's monsters decide to stop hiding and two crypto-zoologists rush to save them from an evil big-game hunter.

"They have a wry, witty sense of humor that fits perfectly with the Henson and the Screen Novelties approach to comedy," Lust offered.

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