Mexican Ani Feature Casts Spell over Fox

Twentieth Century Fox Films has picked up Latin American rights to Magos y Gigantes (Wizards and Giants), the first feature-length animated film made in Mexico in over a decade, according to Daily Variety. This first effort from Anima Estudios employs both traditional and computer-animation techniques.

Produced by veteran filmmakers Fernando de Fuentes and Fernando Perez Gavilan, Magos will open on 250 screens in Mexico on Nov. 20. Neither Fox nor any other distributor has yet acquired U.S. rights.

The film follows the adventures of tykes Gigante, Ada and Trafalgar, who attend a big magic tournament in the enchanted land of Reino Mágico. After Trafalgar’s idol, Titán Caradura, is disqualified from competition, the gang decides to enter the tournament and begin an adventure that sees them encounter many perils in exotic lands. Meanwhile, Titán Caradura seeks revenge by hatching an elaborate plot to take the magic powers away from all the inhabitants of Reino Mágico so that he alone can rule.

The film is reportedly the first Mexican animated film to get major distribution since 1978’s Los Supersabios (The Super Wise Men). Meanwhile, Hollywood animated fare has been doing well in the Latin American market, where Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo picked up another $20 million in box office receipts.