‘Yaya,’ ‘Anne Frank,’ ‘Musketeers’ Catch Investors’ Attention at Cartoon Movie

Variety | 3/11/2019 | Emilio Mayorga
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“The Ballad of Yaya,” “Where is Anne Frank?” and “Musketeers of the Tsar” proved the most-attended of industry presentations among 66 feature projects pitched at this year Cartoon Movie, Europe’s top animated feature co-production forum which ran at the French port city of Bordeaux over March 5-7.

A production of Blue Spirit Productions, the company behind François Laguionie’s César-nominated “The Painting” and Claude Barras’ “My Life as a Zucchini,” “The Ballad of Yaya” is penned by Patrick Marty, Céline Ronté and Antoine Schoumsk. The director is yet to be confirmed.

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Set in 1937, in development, and targeting 6-12s, it turns on 9-year-old Chinese girl Yaya, raised in the French Concession in Shanghai, who flees Japanese bombings to join her family in Hong Kong.

Already in production and targeting family audiences “Where is Anne Frank?” is the new project of Ari Folman (“Waltz with Bashir,” “The Congress”), a revisitation of the Nazi legacy through the eyes of Anne Frank and her imaginary friend. Folman explained his initial reluctance towards a film adaptation due to the extreme psychological depth of the original novel. To overcome that narrative pitfall he decided to adopt the viewpoint on Kitty, Frank’s imaginary friend to whom she devoted her diary and who wakes up in a near future modern world. Kitty believes that if she’s alive, Anne must be alive as well, so she sets out to find her friend. A sneak preview showed a surprising combination of 2D techniques and stop-motion backgrounds.

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Wild Bunch-sold “Where is Anne Frank?” is a multi co-production involving Netherlands’ Submarine Animation, Israel’s Bridgit Folman Film Gang, France’s Le Pacte, Belgium’s Purple Whale Films and Walking the Dog, Luxembourg’s Doghouse Films and Samsa Films. It is the first feature which has been supported by The Anne Frank Fonds Basel.

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