What is Sgt. Stubby, you may ask?
A small animated feature that's the debut for Fun Academy Motion Pictures. A biopic about a canine who actually played a good-sized part in World War I. A mutt who even got into combat, saved Americans from mustard gas attacks, and reportedly held a German soldier in place before the troops showed up!
The release date - April 13, 2018 - will coincide with the 100 year anniversary of World War I's ending. A project endorsed by the US WWI Centennial Commission, the film's animation is being handled by Mikros Image (Captain Underpants), and currently stars Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Gerard Depardieu. Apparently director Dan St. Pierre (Legends of Oz) is out, and Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale, A Monster in Paris) and Fun Academy founder Richard Lanni are at the helm... But this is unconfirmed as far as I know.
While the film looks to be about the bond between the dog and one of the dough boys, it was reported that the family-friendly feature will not shy away from the harsh realities of war, and that it will "directly address" it for younger audiences.
Before I go on, here's a thirty-second teaser...
Not much to say, as the teaser is short, but it thankfully presents the film in a more serious manner than the usual gag-based things we get for other animated films. While I'm sure the film will have heart and some fun, I hope it goes about its wartime setting the right way, because if it doesn't... Then it's the next Valiant. Remember that WWII-set pigeon carrier movie? Quite the missed opportunity that movie was, as I believe you indeed can make a family-friendly movie about war... And it has been done before.
Does it have a distributor? Yes... It's being self-distributed. Now how many theaters it ends up hitting, I don't know, but hopefully it has a good run.
What say you on this film and the teaser?