Irsael’s toon and new media studio Animation Lab has announced the addition of seven new artists and writers to the team assembled for its upcoming feature The Wild Bunch, which will be directed by Alex Williams (who worked as an animator on films such as The Lion King, Iron Giant, Robots and Open Season) and produced by Jim Ballantine (Bambi 2, Brother Bear 2).
Joining the crew in the the studio’s Jerusalem headquarters will be animation veterans Barry Cook (Mulan, Beauty & The Beast, Little Mermaid), Daniel Cacouault (Shrek, Corpse Bride, Road To El Dorado), Woody Woodman (Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear), Monty Kimball (Shrek I & II, The Simpsons, Antz) Dan Forte (Bee Movie, Shark Tale, Stuart Little, Flushed Away) and Louis-Philip Vermette (Legend Of Secret Pass). Barry Jackson (Shrek, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Ant Bully) developed many of the initial character designs for the project Stateside.
Based on a script by Mulan and Pocahontoas writer Philip LaZebnik, the movie centers on the timely topic of genetically modified crops, where a group of evil genetically modified cornstalks attacks another group of common wildflowers that are determined to defend their meadow home.
‘Together these individuals have contributed to the development of some of the entertainment industry’s most successful animated films,’ says the film’s executive producer Douglas Wood. Adds Animation Lab president Ayelet Weinerman, ‘We believe their collective passion and combined talent will thrive in the environment we’ve established and that it will be represented in the creative work being produced in the film.’
Animation Lab has offices in both Jerusalem and Los Angeles and plans to combine CGI technology and interactive digital media to produce animated feature films and ancillary branded. The studio’s mid-range budgeted features are being financed by a group of international venture funds led by the Chairman and Founder of Animation Lab, Erel Margalit, Managing Partner of JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners).