Quebec-based Squeeze (creators of breakout non-dialog comedy series Cracké) has come onboard Troll, the Tale of a Tail — a new animated feature film to be 100% produced in Canada. The $18 million project is the result of an international partnership between Canada, Norway and China and is due for global release in 2018.
“We are so excited to participate in the creation of this international movie,” says Denis Doré, Squeeze’s President and co-Founder. “The studio just celebrated its fifth year – so the timing is perfect! We are ready to show our know-how to the world and push the quality to give life to characters that will become memorable.”
Troll, the Tale of a Tail centers on a young troll boy who in an attempt to impress his father, accidentally helps his evil cousin turn the beloved King of the trolls into stone. His action plunges the troll world into jeopardy as their civilization crumbles under the cousin’s rule. To make things right, the boy embarks on a quest to return the king to life and rescue the troll world from its new tyrant.
Squeeze is responsible for character design and animation on Troll, under the leadership of Creative Director and co-Founder Patrick Beaulieu — an experienced film, videogame and advertising pro with more than 50 projects under his belt. Leading the animation team is Éric Lessard, who joined Squeeze in 2012 after working at DreamWorks Animation for 12 years and tackling senior roles in films such as Shrek and Madagascar.
Production and financing partners on Troll, the Tale of a Tail are Sagatoon AS (Norway), Spring Era Films (Hong Kong), Global Genesis Group (USA), Blue Bug Entertainment (Canada) and China Lion Productions (China).
The film is being directed by Kevin Munroe (Sagatoon, Canada) and co-directed by Kristian Kamp (Sagatoon, Norway); produced by Jean Aubert (Blue Bug) and Claudio Castravelli (Sagatoon, Can.); and executive produced by Daxing Zhang (China Lion) and Rick Romano (Global Genesis).