Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another One Enters: Newcomer Cirrina Studios Launches 'The Extincts'

What's this? Another newly-established firm that wants to get right into animation? Say it ain't so!

The studio is called Cirrina Studios. One of its four founders is Shrek 2 producer David Lipman, and they already have an animated feature on their docket. An adaptation of Veronica Cossanteli's novel The Extincts, the story of a hidden farm in the forest that's full of extinct and mythological creatures. One of them escapes and is a threat to a local town.

Lipman himself is writing the script, and the picture will be directed by William Joyce, making this his feature-length directorial debut. A few of Joyce's books have been adapted by big animation studios, one of them is A Day with Wilbur Robinson, which Disney Animation based their overlooked Meet the Robinsons on. I also really liked DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians, which was based on his Guardians of Childhood book series. Then there's Blue Sky's Epic, based on The Leaf Men and the Brave, Good Bugs. (Leaf Men was going to be the title of the movie, should've stayed that way.) Not to mention, there's his Moonbot Studios, which he co-founded with Reel FX founder Brandon Oldenburg. Their short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - which Joyce directed with Oldenburg - won the Oscar for Best Animated Short of 2011. So yes, Joyce is an established player and he has been in the field for quite a while, too.

Here's a look at some very pretty concept art for the film...

Like every other newcomer studio, I wish this team the best. The premise for the movie sounds very intriguing (animation and mythical monsters go hand-in-hand), and hopefully its CG visual style will stand out. It's being animated by Dwarf Animation in France, so it could end up looking pretty unique. Joyce has a particular style anyways, and some of his animated works stay true to it. I wonder how they'll go about the look of this one.

So far, the picture is aiming for a 2019 release. Now it just needs a stateside distributor...

What say you?

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