Animetropolis announced this past weekend that it will work with IDA (International Digital Artists) to produce the CG-animated feature adaptation of Tad Williams’ Tailchaser’s Song. The fantasy epic follows the adventures of a young ginger tomcat named Fritti Tailchaser who embarks on a dangerous journey to find his best friend Hushpad after she vanishes mysteriously.
Earlier this year, IDA became became the first Japanese studio nominated for a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for an Animated Short for Cat Shit One, which chronicles an intense hostage rescue mission by a pair of rabbit commandos.
“We are thrilled and honored to be teaming up with IDA,” said Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, producer and Animetropolis partner. “We searched long and hard to find the perfect animation studio partner for this project, and IDA couldn’t be a more ideal fit to fulfill our vision of producing a high-quality, family-friendly, CG-animated independent film as our first project.”
“The quality of CG animal character animation that IDA achieved in Cat Shit One made our entire industry take notice, and demonstrated how ideally suited they are for this project,” commented Samantha Inoue-Harte, producer and Animetropolis partner. “We’re very excited to work with them to bring Tad Williams’ beloved characters and story to life on the big screen.”
Animetropolis partners Paul Alvarado-Dykstra and Samantha Inoue-Harte are producing with Junya Okabe, President of IDA, in association with Fire Duck principals Chris Rydo and Bethany Rhoades, co-writers of the screenplay. Author Tad Williams is creative consultant on the film. You can visit studioanimetropolis.com for more info.