Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Studio, New Film: Parallax Enters Animation Ring

It's always exciting when a new animation studio enters the scene...

According to Deadline, the newcomer house is called Parallax. Their first project? A $60 million, family-friendly musical titled... Musical...

Based on the classic Grimm tale Town Musicians of Bremen, a story about a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster who are close to being neglected by their owners, as they are of old age. They head to the "free" town of Bremen and form a band in order to compete in a musical contest.

Walt Disney adapted the tale into the second Laugh-O-Gram cartoon in 1922, and the studio had considered doing a supposedly-contemporary, feature-length take on it in the late 1960s. Ub Iwerks did a cartoon based on it in 1935. Russian animation studio Soyuzmultfilm - who also did a Winnie the Pooh trilogy, Vinni-Pukh - did a version in 1969 (pictured below). There are countless other takes on this story...

Parallax is the brainchild of Kevin Richardson and is home to many who have worked on Disney Animation and Pixar films. Richardson's background consists of upper positions at Nickelodeon, Mattel, and EA. He had also run the German unit of a European animation studio called Grouping with Triplets of Belleville producer Didier Brunner, so the man does have some experience.

The Deadline article doesn't say what medium the film will be done in, but I'm sure it'll be another CG film. Richardson said the project is "Shrek meets Frozen and Lord Of The Rings." A Lord of the Rings-esque take on Town Musicians of Bremen is interesting to me, but in my opinion we should just leave Shrek-isms in the mid-2000s, and this is coming from someone who likes the first Shrek and the characters in the franchise. But hey, maybe the team behind this movie can take the Shrek-y and Frozen-y stuff and make something fresh out of it all.

Right now, they're thinking the pic will open in 2017.

Anyways, the project certainly has my interest, and I wish the best of luck to Parallax... What do you think of this project? What do you think of this studio?

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