TeamTO’s 3-D Occho to Fly in Lyon

Paris and Valence-based studio TeamTO will present a sneak peek of its upcoming stereoscopic feature Occho Kochio this Thursday at Cartoon Movie in Lyon (March 5, at 3 p.m. in Studio 2). Based on a beautifully illustrated children’s book by Antoine Barraud, the CG-animated project is designed by Benjamin Renner, a graduate of the prestigious La Poudriere school, who won numerous awards last year for his short, A Mouse’s Tale.

Occho Kochio follows the misadventures of an inexperienced, excitable young bird which has to lead his flock on a dangerous migration to Africa after the old leader is mortally wounded by a vicious cat. Top French ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre serves as the film’s expert adviser on birds’ migratory behavior. With financial support from the French Center of Cinematography, the movie is expected to be completed and released in France by 2010.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Guillaume Hellouine and Corrine Kouper, TeamTo has studios both in Paris and in Valence (Rhone-Alpes region of France). The innovative company has produced several acclaimed animated series in recent years, including Hareport International and How to Drive Everybody Crazy. For more info, visit www.teamto.com.