Toonz, Illusion Team Up on Gaturro Feature

Toonz Animation India and South America’s Illusion Studios have agreed to co-produce a 3-D animated feature film based on the classic Argentine comic strip Gaturro.

The agreement is worth about $6 million, according to Animation Express.com.

Created by Christian Dzwonik, Gaturro stars an eponymous cat and his feline antagonist Agatha. Preproduction on the film has been completed, with production set to start at Toonz’s studio in Trivandrum, India.

A 2010 worldwide release date is planned.

‘Gaturro as a comic strip is an iconic character and it would demand greater care to give life to him in a different medium. But I am confident that we will be able to rise up to the expectations of our audience’ said P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Animation India.