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Japan’s Toei Animation is teaming with China’s Bona Film Group, A Really Good Film Company and three Japanese partners on animated feature The Monkey Prince.
Other Japanese companies involved in the project include animation studios Sammy Corporation, Sola Entertainment and US/Japan-based Marza Animation Planet.
Story - Journey - West - Film - Characters
Inspired by the Chinese classic story, Journey To The West, the film will feature characters designed by Sonic The Hedgehog creator Naoto Ohshima. John A Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) will direct from a script written by Oscar-nominated writers J. David Stem and David N Weiss (Shrek 2).
Japanese character designer Takao Noguchi, who has worked at DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Animation, has also joined the team as character designer and associate director.
Marza - Officer - Chuck - Williams - Pixar
Marza’s chief creative officer Chuck Williams, formerly with Pixar and Disney, will use his experience to fuse together the different animation cultures of the US, China and Japan.
The project was unveiled today at TIFFCOM by Toei Animation’s Yoshi Ikezawa, Sola Entertainment founder Joseph Chou and Bona Film Group executive vice president Jeffrey Chan, who is also founder of production house A Really Good Film Company.
(Excerpt) Read more at: Screen
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