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U.K.’s Magic Light, South Africa’s Triggerfish Team for Animated ‘Rat’

16 September 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The U.K.’s Oscar-nominated Magic Light Pictures and South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios have announced their third collaboration, an animated adaptation of “The Highway Rat,” a 2011 children’s book by the author/illustrator duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Scheduled to premiere on BBC One for Christmas 2017, it marks the third Christmas collaboration in as many years between Magic Light and Triggerfish. Last year’s “Stick Man” from Triggerfish bowed to critical acclaim and won a slew of international awards, including the prestigious Cristal for a TV Production at the Annecy Animation Festival. A highly anticipated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” will premiere later this year.

The half-hour animated special tells the story of a greedy rat who terrorizes other animals along the highway by stealing their food. It’s being produced by Magic Light’s Michael Rose and Martin Pope and helmed by Jeroen Jaspaert, who »

- Christopher Vourlias

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Empire magazine announce line-up for Empire Live!

27 July 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Empire magazine have announced their programme for their first Empire Live event, which will take place at the he O2 in London from 23 to 25 September, 2016.

20 years after Renton, Sick Boy and company first crashed into cinemas, Film4’s Trainspotting will be re-cast for a unique live performance, with an exciting group of leading talent and rising stars set to take on the iconic roles in a special one-off live script- read.

Producer of T2 Andrew Macdonald commented, “We’ve just wrapped on T2 — and what a fun way to remember the original before audiences can see the sequel.”

My Scientology Movie

Louis Theroux’s long-awaited My Scientology Movie is also confirmed to be screened at the event. A decade in the making, Theroux’s documentary provides the inside track on the Church of Scientology, set up by struggling science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, who famously said, “If you want to get rich, »

- Paul Heath

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‘My Life as a Courgette’ Takes Top Prize At Annecy Film Festival

18 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, Claude Barras’s French stop-motion feature “My Life as a Courgette” scooped the audience prize and the Crystal award for best animated feature at the 40th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

Written by sceenwriter/director Celine Sciamma (“Girlhood,””Tomboy”) and based on a novel, “Courgette” is about an orphan trying to adapt to life in a group home.

The film has been sold by Indie Sales in most key territories. A U.S. deal is in advanced negotiations. Gebeka Films will release “Courgette” in France.

Sébastien Laudenbach’s feature debut “The Girl Without Hands,” meanwhile, won the jury prize. Loosely based on a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, “The Girl,” which features a minimalist animation style inspired by Chinese calligraphy, centers on a struggling miller who sells his daughter to the Devil amid harsh times. Protected by her purity, the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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LevelK teams with Mondrian for 'Klump'

2 May 2016 2:52 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

LevelK is teaming with Mondrian Entertainment for world sales on animated series Klump, based on the best-selling books.

The book series is one of Denmark’s top literary exports, with 32 million copies sold. Egmont is now relaunching the book series tied to the animated TV series.  

Klump is produced by Carsten Bunte from Studio Soi and Lars Sylvest from Mondrian Entertainment in collaboration with Zdf and Egmont Publishing.

Egmont and Zdf have commissioned 26 episodes of average 12 minutes for two seasons. Seasons three and four are currently in development.

Studio Soi (The Gruffalo, Gumball) handles animation and says it aims to “to develop the high-budget TV-series for a cinematic level of feel and quality, using rendering techniques, which have normally been the reserve of full-length features.”

Directed by Johannes Weiland, Paul Cichon, Michael Bohnenstingl, the series tells the stories of Rasmus Klump and his friends traveling the world on their good ship Mary encountering interesting creatures, fascinating locations »

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LeveK, Mondrian Entertainment Board ‘Klump’

2 May 2016 1:16 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

LevelK and Mondrian Entertainment have joined forces to handle international sales on 3D animation series “Klump,” which is made by Studio Soi and based on the Rasmus Klump book series.

One of Denmark’s top literary exports, the Rasmus Klump books have sold more than 32 million copies and have been described as the Indiana Jones for kids.

Directed by Johannes Weiland, Paul Cichon, Michael Bohnenstingl, the toon series turns on the adventures of Klump and his friends as they travel the world and come across creatures, fascinating locations and challenges.

“Klump,” produced by Carsten Bunte from Studio and Lars Sylvest from Mondrian Entertainment, was commissioned by Zdf and Egmont. Season three and four are now in development. The series has just won the best animated series award at Itfs (International Trick Film Festival in Stuttgart).

Studio Soi is the Danish outfit behind Oscar-nominated “The Gruffalo” and BAFTA-winning “Gumball.”


- Elsa Keslassy

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