American Film Market: Hudson Boards Fun Academy’s ‘Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero’ (Exclusive)

U.S.-based sales agent Paul Hudson is handling world sales on CGI feature “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” inspired by the true story of an Wwi American soldier’s bonding with a stray dog that became a war hero.

Budgeted at $25 million, animated by Technicolor’s Mikros Animation in Montreal and the official movie of the 2018 Wwi Centennial Commission, “Sgt. Stubby” marks the maiden feature from Georgia-based Fun Academy Motion Pictures.

Fun Academy will release “Sgt. Stubby” in April on 3,000 screens, said Fun Academy CEO Richard Lanni, also the film’s writer-director.

Bibo Bergeron (“Shark Tale”) serves as head of story, while Patrick Doyle (“Brave”) is the film’s composer.

Hudson, who also runs L.A distribution-sales house Outsider Pictures, is introducing “Sgt. Stubby” to buyers at this week’s American Film Market. He is in negotiations to sell rights for Poland, Hungary, Latin America, China and the Middle East and has closed South Korea.

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'Shark Tale' director readies $10m animation 'Charlotte'

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'Shark Tale' director readies $10m animation 'Charlotte'
Film tells the story of Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.

French animator and director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale, A Monster In Paris) and his producer Julia Rosenberg are at Jerusalem Film Festival this week to check out the city’s budding animation scene and discuss potential partnerships, as the pair gear up for their ambitious feature animation project about German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.

Bergeron is also taking part in Jerusalem Film Festival’s animation development event The Hop, Skip & A Jump II today (July 19), where he will deliver a masterclass.

The pair’s $10m production Charlotte, which has been supported in development by Telefilm Canada, is a Canada-France-Belgium co-production between Rosenberg’s January Films, Jérôme Doppfer of Balthazar Productions, Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben of A Monster In Paris production company Walking the Dog, and My Life Of A Zucchini outfit Blue Spirit Animation.

The screenplay has been written by Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews. François Moret is the
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Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)

Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)
Annecy, France – – Barcelona-based Grangel Studio will assume the character design on transmedia project “Dino Games,” set to be pitched Friday at an Annecy Mifa market Transmedia showcase, DinoGames director Carlos Fernández de Vigo (“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas”) announced at Annecy.

Founded by brothers Carlos and Jordi Grangel, this multimedia studio has worked on character design for movies such as Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Mark Osborne and John Stevenson’s “Kung Fu Panda” and Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s “Madagascar.”

Carlos Grangel took an Annie Prize for outstanding character sesign in an animated feature production for Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook’ “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” He has received other nominations for Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s “Corpse Bride” and Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenso and Rob Letterman’ “Shark Tale.”

DinoGames” includes a 3D animated TV series,
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Entertainment Education: 20 Schools Offering Competitive Film Instruction

These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers:

American Film Institute

Los Angeles

With several of its alumni receiving awards and nominations during the 2016-17 awards season, AFI’s newly implemented programs aim to further increase the progression of students from education to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to take screenwriting courses that employ the collaborative format of a TV writers’ room for creating pilots, and participate in the AFI Writers’ Room Ready, pairing graduating screenwriters and their pilot scripts with accomplished AFI mentors. This year, AFI alumnus and cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, an honor that recognizes the exceptional creative talents of an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of cinematographer Schaffner.

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Calif.

The private Pasadena college boasts a wide range of educational partnerships, allowing students to collaborate with industry partners and gain real-world experience.
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Logan Lerman enlists for animated movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Fun Academy Motion Pictures today announced that Logan Lerman has enlisted for the upcoming animated feature Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, which tells the incredible true story of the United States Army’s most decorated dog.

Lerman will voice Robert Conroy, a Wwi “doughboy” whose life is forever changed when a little dog with a stubby tail wanders into training camp. Conroy gives his new friend a name, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The stray goes on to become a hero of the First World War, and the first canine promoted to the rank of Sergeant in American history.

“We are very fortunate to find a young man like Logan Lerman who can breathe such life into the story of an ordinary man and his ordinary dog who, together, perform extraordinary feats of valor,” said Richard Lanni, co-writer and executive producer.
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'Charlotte' producers head to Annecy

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Bibo Bergeron will direct the animated feature and will join producer Julia Rosenberg at the Mifa market at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to scout for co-production partners.

Production will begin in April 2017 on Charlotte, which charts the life of German-Jewish wartime artist Charlotte Salomon, a painter who came of age during the rise of Nazism.

Rosenberg of January Films will produce, while Miriam Toews and Erik Rutherford are collaborating on the screenplay.

The Euros 10m project is being configured as an official co-production between Canada and a number of animation studios.

Telefilm Canada will finance development and the
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Bibo Bergeron Set to Direct ‘Charlotte Salomon’ Animated Biopic (Exclusive)

Paris — French director Bibo Bergeron, whose credits span DreamWorks’”The Road to El Dorado,””Shark Tale” and Luc-Besson produced “A Monster in Paris,” is set to helm “Charlotte,” a WW2-set animated feature turning on the life of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomo

The 2D feature will be mainly based on Charlotte Salomon’s “Life? Or Theatre?” — an autobiographical series of 769 paintings which the young artist created between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, where she lived before she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26.

“Staying true to Charlotte’s spirit and body of work, our film will be punctuated with fantasy, dream-like elements and the animation designs will be minimalist, in a similar vein as (Remi Chayé’s) ‘Long Way North.’ We’ll be animating and interpreting her paintings, placing the emphasis on the story which is extraordinarly moving,” said Bergeron, adding that “Charlotte” will play to young adults as well as family audiences, as “Waltz With Bashir.”

Bergeron is attending the Annecy Festival this week to pitch the project to potential partners. “The theme of ‘Charlotte’ is ‘how art can save our lives and help us stay sane;’ and it still resonates today,” noted Bergeron.

Julia Rosenberg at Toronto-based January Films is producing “Charlotte,” which will mark the producer’s first toon pic. Rosenberg has produced feature films and documentaries, notably Alan Zweig’s “15 Reasons to Live” which was nominated at Hot Docs.

A pair of Canadian writers, Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews, whose best-known novels are “A Complicated Kindness” and “All My Puny Sorrows,” are writing the screenplay.

Bergeron said the project was being supported by the Charlotte Salomon Foundation, the trustee of Charlotte’s work.

Telefilm Canada is financing the development of “Charlotte,” whose budget is in the 10 million Euros range. The production will be carried out of Canada and France.

Charlotte Salomon is also the subject of a prize-winning novel, “Charlotte,” penned by one of France’s top authors, David Foenkinos, and published in January 2015. Salomon’s paintings were exhibited just last month at the Massena Museum in Nice.
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Aardman Alumnus Darren Walsh to Direct ‘Danny Diamondback’

Aardman Animation alumnus Darren Walsh is set to direct animated feature film “Danny Diamondback,” based on the children’s novella written by Barry Jackson. Jackson has penned the script and will be heading up production design on the project. Kaleidoscope Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales on the pic.

“Danny Diamondback” tells the story of a young rattlesnake with an oversized talent in his tail. When his parents are captured, Danny befriends Tito, a fun-loving cockroach who soon discovers that Danny’s rattle is just the beat he has been missing. Together they form a band. As word of their remarkable new sound spreads, an outdoor concert is proposed.

As the lights fade, Danny shreds his rattle. As his rolls and riffs drift far off into the darkness his parents hear them. Recognizing his unique style, they immediately begin the perilous journey to be reunited with their son.

Walsh has
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Kaleidoscope selling animation 'Danny Diamondback'

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Shaun The Sheep director Darren Walsh will helm the feature.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is handling world sales on animated feature Danny Diamondback, which Aardman Animation alumni Darren Walsh (Shaun The Sheep TV series) will direct the story of a young rattlesnake with a musical talent in his tail.

The film is based on the children’s novella of the same name, first published by Harper Collins and written by illustrator and production designer Barry Jackson (How The Grinch Stole Christmas).

Jackson has written the script and will be heading up production design on the project.

Siege Train Studios’ Curtis Augspurger (Valiant), Matthew Hampton and Cora Palfrey will produce the film alongside Jackson. Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) will serve as executive producer.
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Prince to Get Tribute at Cannes Film Festival

Prince to Get Tribute at Cannes Film Festival
Paris — The Cannes Film Festival will host a tribute to Prince, the music legend who died Thursday, a festival spokesperson confirmed to Variety.

Details on the homage will be unveiled by the festival in the coming days, said the rep.

Prince, a pop culture icon whose legacy spans nearly every field of entertainment, contributed to a number of movie and TV shows soundtracks, notably Tim Burton’s “Batman,” Spike Lee’s “Girl 6” and even “Happy Feet.”

Like David Bowie, who died in January, Prince was revered in France. His death has provoked much sadness and shock expressed all over social media, TV and print outlets. His film “Under the Cherry Moon” was filmed on the French Riviera at La Victorine Studios in Nice.

On its Twitter account, French music artist Christine and the Queens wrote “Purple everything. No rules. Bodies owned, brilliantly free. New sounds, new ways to love.
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Cannes: Bergeron Makes Live-Action Debut with Comicbook Adaptation (Exclusive)

Bibo Bergeron, the helmer of animated pics “Shark Tales” and “A Monster of Paris,” is set to direct the adventure film “Les 4 As,” an adaptation of the comicbook by Georges Chaulet.

“Les 4 As” is being produced Mathias Rubens and Eric Juherian for Recifilms, the outfit behind Jean-Dujardin starrer “Mobius.”

Bergeron is writing the script with Nans Delgado, whose previous credits includes Lisa Azuelos’ coming-of-age hit “Lol.”

The helmer is in Cannes with his first live-action short, “Struck,” which played at Colcoa in Los Angeles and is now screening at the Short Film Corner.

“Les 4 As” follows a group of teenagers involved in zany adventures.

Although the comicbook series was published between 1965 and 1979, Bergeron will transpose the action to the present day.

“In the 1980s there were a lot of great movies entirely starring kids and teenagers but today there are too few,” said Bergeron. “It will be great fun to
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Colcoa Unveils Short Films Competition

Paris– Colcoa, the Los Angeles film festival dedicated to French cinema, has unveiled its lineup of 20 Gallic shorts set to compete at the upcoming 19th edition.

Taking place from April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America, Colcoa will showcase a short before each film presentation, while the entire shorts competition will be hosted on April 27.

The roster includes Ben Adler’s “Coach,” produced by recently launched Fluxus Films; “Smart Monkey,” directed by Nicolas Pawlowski and Winshluss and produced by Je Suis Bien Content, the shingle behind “Persepolis”; “Struck” (“Foudroyés”), directed by Bibo Bergeron, whose credits include “Shark Tale” and “A Monster in Paris”; and Alexis Michalik’s “Grounded” (“Au Sol”), produced by up-and-coming French companies Mon Voisin Productions and Fulldawa Films. Nolita Cinema will present two shorts inspired by Boris Vian’s novels, “Notre Faust,” directed by Elsa Blayau and Chloé Larouchi, and “The Hitchhiker” (“L’Autostoppeur”), directed by Julien Paolini.
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‘Funan,’ ‘Extraordinary Tales’ Lead Annecy Mifa Biz Reveals (Exclusive)

‘Funan,’ ‘Extraordinary Tales’ Lead Annecy Mifa Biz Reveals (Exclusive)
Annecy — In an edition galvanized by spectacular first glimpse presentations — Pixar’s “Inside Out,” Sony’s “The Smurfs Movie,” Pathe’s “Evolution Man” — the premiere of Disney’s “Feast,” a new trailer of “Boxtrolls” and North America deals for Gotham’s GKids, new deal reveals were going down as Annecy’s Mifa market thinned late Friday morning.

In pacts announced on the last day of trading, Bac Films will sell internationally and distribute in France “Funan.”

Denis Do’s semi-autobiographical story “centers on the epic struggle of Do’s mother to find her other son, having been separated from him during the reign-of-terror of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. France’s Les Films d’Ici (“Waltz With Bashir”) produces. Pic was a Mifa Feature Film pitch last year at Annecy.

Meanwhile, Stephane Roelants at Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions confirmed he had signed at Annecy with a yet-to-be-disclosed international sales agent
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DreamWorks Alumni Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

Annecy– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s.

An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents who are well-connected, Monkey’s Uncle will also be joined by two more animation experts: Buck Lewis, who worked as character designer on such high profile toon pics as “Ratatouille,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Kung Fu Panda,” and Jurgen Gross, whose story artist credits include “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Rango” (as storyboard artist).

“With Monkey’s Uncle, we’ll be able to provide high-end creative skills such as writing, directing, storyboarding, production design and character design to production companies and financiers globally,” said de Seve, who is also
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Shout! takes Cuckoo-Clock Heart

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Shout! Factory secures North American rights to CG-animated feature.

Shout! Factory and EuropaCorp have entered into an exclusive picture deal to distribute Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la Mécanique du Coeur) in both the Us and Canada.

Directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, the CG-animated family adventure is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla and EuropaCorp.

Shout! has secured all distribution rights to the film, including theatrical and digital distribution, home entertainment and broadcast for cross-platform releases. The company plans a strategic rollout in select theaters, video-on-demand, electronic-sell-through, TV and in all packaged media in 2014.

In a joint statement, Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos said: “We enjoyed tremendous success with Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris from EuropaCorp, and this new opportunity continues to build on our prowess in distributing premiere animation and family friendly content in the entertainment marketplace.”

Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel, Jack
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Blu-ray Review: Sweet, Charming ‘A Monster in Paris’

Chicago – Just as there are tiers of animation in the United States, there are varying degrees of quality in our imported product as well. In the States, we know not everything can be Pixar. I suppose the French equivalent is not everything can be “The Illusionist” or “Triplets of Belleville”. And so we shouldn’t approach the recently imported 3D family film, “A Monster in Paris” with that standard of movie magic. The script for this fantasy is a bit thin and the visuals can be disappointing but it has a pleasant spirit, bouncy energy, and air of romance that allow it to work well for a rental. And it’s not weighed down with the gross-out jokes and pop culture references that often sink Hollywood 3D animated productions.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

A Monster in Paris” has echoes of “Phantom of the Opera” for the younger romantic in your house. Writer/director
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A Single Musical Mostly Redeems "A Monster in Paris"

It can be easy to forget sometimes that there are animated films that don't come from Pixar and Disney or Dreamworks considering how they tend to dominate American theaters and leave little room for foreign competition. However, every now and then a little gem from the likes of Hayao Miyazaki or some other even smaller studio makes it into the fray, and it's important to take note of them. Back in 2011, French Director and writer Bibo Bergeron created a fun little animated adventure called A Monster in Paris that had some creative visuals with a resemblance to a slightly stockier, more angular Dreamworks film but above all it had a fantastic musical number by Vanessa Paradis and Mathieu Chedid (aka -M-). The musical number is the primary reason anyone should seek the film out, as the creativity of the story and the comedy don't hold up to scrutiny nearly as well.
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A Monster In Paris Now On DVD And 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack

A Monster In Paris Now On DVD And 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack
There are tons of awesome, foreign animated films out there, and the newest film to add to that list is “A Monster in Paris,” a new 3D-animated adventure that’s now on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The French film, directed by Bibo Bergeron and starring singer Vanessa Paradis, is a unique and heartwarming tale about finding friendship in people (or monsters) you’d least expect. Below, we’ve got tons of stuff for you to check out. First of all, there’s a cool slideshow of the film’s Parisian tour. We’ve also got some clips from the film and the film’s trailer. As you watch the trailer, I think you’ll find the [ Read More ]

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: A Monster in Paris (2011)

A Monster in Paris” is a critically acclaimed French animated movie directed by animation veteran Eric Bibo Bergeron (who directed “Road to El Dorado” and “A Shark’s Tale” and worked on countless others). It’s French so it’s no surprise that Luc Besson produced the film, as he has a thing for getting not just his own work out in the world, but other French filmmakers’ works as well. Taking place in 1910s Paris, the city has been flooded by the Seine River. The Eiffel tower is ankle deep in water and there are more boats in some parts of the city than there are cars. Raoul is childhood friends with Emile, a quiet film lover who works at a local cinema and longs to gain the confidence to speak to his crush Maud. Raoul on the other hand is all confidence and charm, even if it’s a bit misguided.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Monster in Paris

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013

Price: DVD $14.97, Blu-ray 3D Combo $24.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

The French animated movie A Monster in Paris offers a new twist on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Rated PG, the foreign romance film tells the story of Franc, a monster created from a reaction between a flea and a crazy scientist’s mystery potion. Despite his strange looks, Franc is a soft-centered soul with a talent for music who becomes the talk of the town with the help of enchanting nightclub singer Lucille. But Franc also attracts the attention of Paris’ egotistical police commissioner, who’s hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor.

A Monster in Paris was produced by Luc Besson (Lockout) and written and directed by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale). The movie features the voices of Catherine O’Hara (Frankenweenie), Adam Goldberg (Miss Nobody
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