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Annecy, France — “Tad the Lost Explorer” marked a milestone in Spain’s animation industry, which is long on talent, short on governmental support, consolidating the backing of Spain’s powerful private broadcasters – here, via Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema – as well as Telefonica for select, higher-end Spanish animated features. It demonstrated what Mediaset España’s muscular marketing machine could do with a movie which merited its marketing. Directed by Enrique Gato, it won three Spanish Academy Goyas – best animated feature, new director and, notably, original screenplay. And it grossed about $50 million worldwide, half outside its native Spain, sparking a two-picture Paramount Pictures worldwide distribution deal on its creators’ next two features, “Capture the Flag” and “Tadeo Jones 2, and the Secret of King Midas.” And it turned its hero, the chinless Chicago bricklayer Tad, an amateur adventurer-archeologist and kind of cack-handed Indiana Jones, into a social phenomenon in Spain. It is »
- John Hopewell
Author: Zehra Phelan
The movie Spark has a teen Monkey and his friends in an intergalactic battle. It sounds like this is verging on the ridiculous but let’s go with it anyway, it is an animation after all and it has some pretty decent names attached too. Let’s give the trailer a whirl below.
In a world which looks to be inhabited by Monkeys, Foxes and Hogs, we find Spark and his friends hiding out in an underground bunker after the planet was destroyed by the evil Monkey Zhong. Spark wants to stop being treated as a kid so he can join his friends on a mission to save the world from Zhong’s evil plan. Obviously, this loony animation is aimed at an audience no older than the age of five.
- Zehra Phelan
China Film Animation, part of the China Film Group, will team with Spain’s Dragoia Media, Movistar Plus and Atresmedia Cine to produce “Dragonkeeper,” a CGI family film based on the first of a six-book series by Carole Wilkinson.
Set to be announced Friday at the Beijing Film Festival, the most ambitious co-production to date between China and Spain underscores the Middle Kingdom’s escalating importance for European animation.
“Dragonkeeper” also marks a dive into animation by two of Spain’s most important fiction forces, Movistar Plus, the pay-tv arm of giant telco Telefonica, and Atresmedia Cine, the film production division of broadcast network Atresmedia.
Envisaged as the first movie in an international brand and film franchise, “Dragonkeeper” will be directed by Spain’s Ignacio Ferreras, who won an Annecy Jury Award and best screenplay Spanish Academy Goya for “Wrinkles,” an animated feature that went on to be distributed in Japan by Studio Ghibli. »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
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