Ontario, Canada’s Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is taking place June 19-22, showcasing a hand-picked selection of films from around the world. One of the premieres that will be featured at the event is the global debut of Malaysian animated film Ribbit from KRU International’s Kartun Studios. The film stars Sean Astin, Russell Peters and Tim Curry and will be screened in 3D on June 21.
Ribbit centers on its titular frog hero who is a bit of a dreamer who doesn’t fit in with the other frogs. To escape from reality he hangs out in his “clubhouse,” a downed, dilapidated plane in the jungle, and reads about animals who have no trouble finding their purpose in life in old copies of National Geographic.
Written and directed by Kartun’s chief creative officer Chuck Powers, the CG film is “a beautiful heart-warming adventure” aimed at the whole family. Ribbit is the first feature length project from the studio and has already been sold to over 80 countries worldwide, including the U.K., Germany, Australia, Japan, China and Brazil, which will likely see releases in the fall. KRU currently has five 3D animated films and three animated television series in development.