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A new animated film based on Little Nemo in Slumberland is in the works

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On Animation, the studio behind Mark Osborne's The Little Prince, is preparing to make animation enthusiast's dreams come true by pairing up with Hyrum Osmond, the head of animation on Disney's Moana, for a new animated film based on Winsor McCay’s classic comic strip. Titled Little Nemo In Slumberland, Osmond will present viewers with a fresh take on the... Read More...
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Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam’s On Kids & Family

Mediawan, a special-purpose acquisition company headed by media industry veterans Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse and Pierre-Antoine Capton, is in exclusive talks to acquire a majority stake in Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam’s On Kids & Family.

Under the deal, which is estimated in the €100 million ($117.4 million) range, Mediawan would inject €15 million in equity capital into On Kids & Family, France’s No. 1 producer of animated series and one of Europe’s leading producers of big-budget independent animated features.

The indie banner has a track record in producing franchise-based films and series, notably Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince,” the Cesar- and BAFTA-winning feature which was released in more than 120 countries and grossed $120 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing French-made animated film overseas. On Kids & Family’s “Playmobil” movie, budgeted at $80 million, is being directed by Lino Di Salvo (“Frozen,” “Raiponce”) and will be released in April 2019.

Mediawan would own 51% to 54% of On Kids & Family. Soumache, who is
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First-Time Filmmaker Gets Sound Advice on Animated Short ‘Fox and the Whale’ From Award-Winning Pros

First-Time Filmmaker Gets Sound Advice on Animated Short ‘Fox and the Whale’ From Award-Winning Pros
The credits for Robin Joseph’s animated short “Fox and the Whale” are incredibly brief. The 12-minute blend of computer and hand-drawn animation was mostly done by Joseph himself and his partner, CG animator Kim Leow, with no outside funding and very little, yet notable, outside help.

The film is the lyrical tale of a curious fox trying find to an elusive whale that he hears from ashore. “The inspiration for ‘Fox and the Whale’ was the pursuit of curiosity. Not so much a primal curiosity behind food, shelter, or even play. It was more about the grey areas and often abstract pursuits. The drive of wanting to know what lies beyond the abyss,” says Joseph. “The ambitions at the fringes of it often seem one step beyond reach. The fact that we still try instills a sense of awe and wonder. At the other end is an idea of failure, or
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Lego ‘Brick Race’ Movie Draws Director Jorge Gutierrez

Lego ‘Brick Race’ Movie Draws Director Jorge Gutierrez
Warner Bros. has tapped “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the “Billion Brick Race” project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise.

“Billion Brick Race,” which has not yet been greenlit by the studio, was previously in development with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. Producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee. Chris McKay and Jill Wilfert of Lego are executive producing.

The Lego Movie” grossed nearly $470 million worldwide in 2014 amid strong support from critics and fans for its goofy story line and unique look. That success spurred Warner Bros. to develop “The Lego Batman Movie,” which opened in February and grossed $310 million worldwide; and “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which opens Sept. 22.

Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that it had hired “Trolls” director Mike Mitchell for “The Lego Movie” sequel for Warner Bros. Animation. He replaced Rob Schrab on the project, which is set for a Feb. 8, 2019, release
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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Sold to Lucky Red for Italy

Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Sold to Lucky Red for Italy
Rome — Italy’s Lucky Red has acquired Italian rights to Ridley Scott-directed kidnap drama “All The Money in the World” from Stx in the first announced sale of the hotly anticipated kidnapping thriller about the true 1973 abduction for ransom of J. Paul Getty III.

The potentially harrowing crime drama, which is currently shooting in Rome, stars Kevin Spacey as oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the ransom demanded by Italian kidnappers for his grandson; Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, the kidnapped teenager’s mother; Mark Wahlberg as the ex-cia negotiator brought on board to help negotiate; and rising star Charlie Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty III (pictured after his release) whose ear was cut off to coerce the family into paying.

In one of the standout deals of the Cannes market Stx in May took international rights to the potentially harrowing crime drama produced by Imperative Entertainment and Scott-Free
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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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‘Little Prince’s Mark Osborne & Scribe Adam Kline Link With Fox Animation For Two New Projects

Exclusive: They're already working together on a Bone screenplay for Warner Bros and now Mark Osborne and Adam Kline have two new projects in the hopper with 20th Century Fox Animation. The Little Prince director and the Artemis Fowl scribe have sealed deals with the studio to develop films based on Kline's books Escape From Hat and With Kind Regards From Kindergarten. The former now has Osborne attached to direct and produce for Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios with the Ku…
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‘The Little Prince’ Helmer Mark Osborne To Receive High French Honor

‘The Little Prince’ Helmer Mark Osborne To Receive High French Honor
Exclusive: The Little Prince director Mark Osborne is getting a very special honor from France in recognition of his work in making the first-ever animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic. He will be conferred the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in March at a ceremony led by the cultural counselor of the French Embassy in New York, Bénédicte de Montlaur. The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize…
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Oscar Animation Roundtable: Building Worlds in ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ and ‘Moana’

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Oscar Animation Roundtable: Building Worlds in ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ and ‘Moana’
This year’s animated Oscar contenders offer brave new worlds: a unique mammal metropolis (“Zootopia”), a fantasy Japan (“Kubo and the Two Strings”), an untapped Polynesian paradise (“Moana”), a fuzzy fiber art environment (“Trolls”) and a tactile hybrid between storybook fantasy and reality (“The Little Prince”).

Zootopia

Disney’s design team built an imaginatively diverse animal world where predator and prey co-exist comprised of five boroughs: Savanna Central (downtown), Tundratown, Rain Forest District, Sahara Square and Bunnyburrow. But what’s unique about Zootopia is that it’s a global city built by animals for animals.

As a result, there are multipurpose public buildings where all animals can interact with each other along with others specifically designed for certain mammals. However, human architecture is evident throughout while animal patterns are part of the design DNA. They experimented with different layouts for the various districts in a Disneyland-like pattern, which required both logistical and dramatic logic.
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‘The Little Prince’ Director Mark Osborne On Challenges Of Adaptation – The Contenders Video

‘The Little Prince’ Director Mark Osborne On Challenges Of Adaptation – The Contenders Video
"It's an incredibly challenging book to adapt because it is incredibly poetic and it really lives in the imagination of the reader,"The Little Prince director Mark Osborne says of bringing Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s classic to the big screen. "Everyone who reads it get a different experience." Joined by a couple of pint-sized members of the cast, the Kung Fu Panda alum was speaking onstage last month at The Contenders Presented By Deadline, our annual…
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How They Animated ‘Sing’ With a Live-Action Vibe Like ‘The Commitments’ — Video

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How They Animated ‘Sing’ With a Live-Action Vibe Like ‘The Commitments’ — Video
Although it came as no surprise to the Illumination animators in Paris that live-action director Garth Jennings wanted them to approach their first musical extravaganza, “Sing,” more like “The Commitments” than “Despicable Me,” only with animals, they had no idea what they were in for. Long takes, wild camera work, off-beat song and dance performances and naturalistic acting required greater teamwork and more time than any of their previous movies.

“It was an acting breakthrough because of Garth,” animation director Pierre Leduc told IndieWire. “He pushed us to add more feeling to the characters and to push the way they moved in a more particular way.”

Read More: Why This Year’s Animated Oscar Race Has Become the Most Competitive Ever

And what a diverse ensemble had to work with, thanks to both Jennings and Illumination founder/producer Chris Meledandri: Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), the impresario koala; Rosita (Reese Witherspoon
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Oscar’s French Animation Connection Draws on Deep Talent Pool

Oscar’s French Animation Connection Draws on Deep Talent Pool
France appears to have firmed up its reputation as home to the world’s second biggest animation industry behind the U.S. — for proof, look no further than this year’s Oscar animated feature race.

In the mix are Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince,” Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares’ “April and the Extraordinary World,” Claude Barras’ “My Life as a Zucchini,” Remi Chaye’s “Long Way North,” Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle,” Alexandre Heboyan and Benoît Philippon’s “Mune, Guardian of the Moon,” and Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s “Phantom Boy.” Two more animation entries, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” from Illumination MacGuff, were entirely created in France.

Although these films have different animation styles, tones, approach, and scopes, they all have a Gallic element in common: a French director and/or producer, or they were made in France with local creatives.

“France
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‘Gilmore Girls’ Central: A Guide to IndieWire’s Coverage About the Original and Revival Series

‘Gilmore Girls’ Central: A Guide to IndieWire’s Coverage About the Original and Revival Series
In 2000, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Gilmore Girls” made its debut on The WB and told the story of young single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her booksmart daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), both of whom had voracious appetites, quick tongues and a healthy love of the absurd.

Their close relationship captured the imaginations and adoration of viewers who found the mother-daughter bond set within the quaint town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut to be a heartwarming weekly escape. When the show moved to The CW, that was also its last season on the air.

Nearly 10 years later, Netflix’s revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is upon us. To honor this landmark return to Stars Hollow, prepare by indulging in a Gilmore-worthy feast of content ranging from interviews, reviews, photos, analyses and more. Copper Boom!

Review (Spoiler-Free): ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Revival Is Worth the Wait
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How Mark Osborne Turned ‘The Little Prince’ Into an Inventive Animated Hybrid

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How Mark Osborne Turned ‘The Little Prince’ Into an Inventive Animated Hybrid
Director Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) knew instantly that “The Little Prince” wouldn’t work in CG. The world was too delicate and tactile. He also didn’t want to merely adapt the popular novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. So he came up with a hybrid approach with stop-motion and CG to delineate storybook fantasy from reality in exploring the tender friendship between The Aviator (Jeff Bridges) and The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy).

Read More: ‘The Little Prince’ Review: Netflix Delivers A Strange, Satisfying, Star-Studded Adaptation Of The Kid Lit Classic

“I had to do some creative experimentation to protect the book and use CG in a way that would help reflect some themes in the book,” Osborne told IndieWire. “And using the two techniques was one of those early ideas that everybody was intrigued by but nobody knew how we were going to pull off.”

Turns out that the
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Kung Fu Panda director adapting comic book Bone

THR is reporting that Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince director Mark Osborne is set to helm an adaptation of Jeff Smith’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series Bone for Warner Bros., and will also co-write the script with Adam Kline (Artemis Fowl).

Bone is very special and unconventional because it blends elements together that you don’t necessarily expect — soft, little comic characters and epic high-stakes fantasy adventure,” said Osborne. “To carry this into the cinematic realm presents both an opportunity to represent what readers of all ages have loved about the series, while pushing animated storytelling into exciting and different areas.”

Bone was first published between 1991 and 2004follows “three Bone cousins — Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, all small, bald and humanlike creatures with big noses — who are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert after being run out of Boneville. One by one they
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Warner Bros. Grabs Worldwide Rights to Spanish Film ‘Toc Toc’ (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Pictures Intl. has grabbed worldwide rights, including Spain, to Vicente Villanueva comedy “Toc Toc,” one of the highlights in the 2017 movie slate by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of Spanish TV giant Atresmedia Group.

Toc Toc” adapts the same-title stage play, written by French author Laurent Baffie, which has been successfully released in more than 20 countries. It turns on several patients suffering obsessive-compulsive disorder who interact while waiting at a doctor’s office for the arrival of their therapist.

Co-produced by Atresmedia Cine and Lazona, “Toc Toc” has just terminated a seven-week shoot in Madrid, and is scheduled for a summer release in Spanish theaters via Warner Bros..

Villanueva, who helmed “The Opposite to Love,” a 2011 romantic comedy backed by Atresmedia, Zeta and Sony Pictures, has directed in “Toc Toc” a high-profile Spanish cast led by helmer-actor Paco Leon, Rossy de Palma, Adrian Lastra and Alexandra Jimenez,
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The Animated ‘Bone’ Movie Gets ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director Mark Osborne

If you were to corner me in a darkened alley and place a gun against my head and demand to know my favorite comic book of all time, I’d say Jeff Smith’s Bone. And you wouldn’t even have to go through with the theatrics. Ask me about favorite comic book series of all time in […]

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How to Deal With the Anxiety of a Big Screen 'Bone'

Whenever an adaptation of a beloved property is announced, no matter the level of excitement and anticipation there is — there is also an unmistakable level of fear to be found among fans. It doesn't matter who is involved, or what information has been released about the adaptation; there is this almost primal reaction that says, very simply, Don't screw this up.

That was, I confess, my first reaction upon discovering that Jeff Smith's Bone is headed to the big screen. I know that it's an irrational response, and that Mark Osborne is a great choice to handle the material...
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Kung Fu Panda Helmer To Adapt Cult Comic Bone As Warner Plots Trilogy Plans

Kung Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne has been brought aboard to adapt cult comic Bone for the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as Warner Bros. lays the foundations for a bona fide CG trilogy.

Pitched as a “very special and unconventional tale,” Bone is the product of celebrated cartoonist Jeff Smith, and follows three gregarious cousins: Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and finally, Smiley Bone. Combining elements of comedy and full-blown fantasy, Smith’s self-published series ran from 1991-2004 and spanned 55 issues in total, lending WB plenty of source material to mine for future, cinematic content. THR notes that Mark Osborne will leverage script duties with Adam Kline (Artemis Fowl).

Nickelodeon had originally held adaptation rights, though after plans for a TV series fell through some years ago, Warner Bros. swooped in to acquire the property in 2008. It’s been a long time coming, then, but a CG animated
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