Animal Crackers has been in the making for quite a while.
Apparently the personal pet project of longtime VFX man/animator Scott Christian Sava, this film is set to come out some time this year. It's being done up at Blue Dream in Spain, and it has yet to lock an American distributor, but it seems like the film is in the final laps of production.
It's this neat-sounding story about magical animal crackers. A person eats a certain animal-shaped snack, they turn into that animal. Below is a test, a sort of showing off of the concept, probably made some time during pre-production as the movements aren't quite sharp. In terms of the look, it overall is nice on the eyes.
Animal Crackers Concept Test by CGMeetup
It doesn't look too bad. It looks like they'll have fun with this idea, and the dialogue here is solid.
I have a feeling it won't be ready for March, the end of the first quarter. We've heard little to nothing about it for a while, even from the film's UK and Canadian distributors. This leads me to believe that it won't be out until summer at the earliest. This isn't uncommon for non-mainstreamers like this, that often get picked up long after they've been completed. Here's a fine example: ToonBox's Spark waited and waited to get distribution, it's coming out in April... The movie was completed way back, like before April of last year!
Anyways, to recap, Animal Crackers is not only a Sava film, but also a Tony Bancroft film. Yes, that Tony Bancroft, who directed Mulan and is a Disney animation veteran. It also features an all-star cast consists of the likes of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, and even folks like Sylvester Stallone! Harvey Fierstein, who voiced Yao in Mulan, will be in this as well just to make things even cooler.
Animal Crackers has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like it's aiming to be a fun film based on a cool premise. I'm also looking forward to seeing this studio's debut feature. Scott and Blue Dream have another feature that's deep into production, Pet Robot. I've seen some footage from that one on the studio's reel on Vimeo, it also looks like it could be decent.
What say you?