The French computer-animated feature film, Kaena: The Prophecy, starts its North American theatrical run in Los Angeles, New York and Houston, Texas today. Produced by Xilam, Studio Canal and Groupe TVA Inc., the film offers stunning visuals and a story that is very different from the kiddie CG movies American audiences are used to seeing.
Directed by Chris Delaporte and Pascal Pinon from a screenplay by Delaporte, the sci-fi adventure flick transports viewers to a world both beautiful and deadly. The action takes place on a floating tree world known as Axis, a tangle of serpentine branches where villagers harvest sap to appease their gods. Those gods turn out to be another species, grotesque liquid beings that form out of the sap like twisted Mrs. Butterworths. As the sap begins to dry up, these creatures are threatened with extinction and blame a glowing blue orb that came to rest in the branches in the aftermath of a spacecraft explosion. Only the sole survivor of that explosion knows the true nature of the orb and holds the key to salvation for a young rebel named Kaena and her people.
The English-language dub features the voice talents of Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2), the late Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Angelica Huston (Barbie as Rapunzel, The Life Aquatic), Keith David (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury) and Michael McShane (Treasure Planet, A Bug’s Life).
Kaena: The Prophecy is playing at Laemmle’s Fairfax in Los Angeles, Laemmle’s One Colorado Cinemas in Pasadena, the Village East Theater in New York City and the Angelika Film Center in Houston.