Iceland Gets in the Mood For Anna

Icelandic digital design and animation company CAOZ Ltd. is in production on the half-hour film Anna and the Moods. The toon has already been selected for presententation at this years Cartoon Forum in Varese, Italy in September and is set for release in December 2004.

One day “perfect child’ Anna wakes up with a horrible illness that makes her look like Marilyn Manson and gives her a terribly moody disposition. Desperate for answers, her parents take her to Dr. Artmann’s Clinic for the Unruly Child, where she is diagnosed as a teenager. And Dr. Artmann’s cure is not what Anna’s parents had hoped for.

Anna and the Moods is written by Academy Award-nominated Icelandic writer Sjón on a commission by the Brodsky Quartet, the British string quartet renown for its bold and unusual collaborations with artists from different fields.

Julian Nott sets Sjón’s story to music. He is the composer of six Academy Award-nominated films, including Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit films. A live performance of Anna and The Moods premiered during a Brodsky Quartet concert tour in the U.K. in February 2003.

The new film will be directed by CAOZ’s Gunnar Karlsson, whose short The Lost Little Caterpillar received two EDDA Awards from the Icelandic Film & TV Academy and set an all-time box-office record in Iceland for a short-film during its run last fall. The short’s producer, Hilmar Sigurdsson of CAOZ, is producing Anna and the Moods

Anna and the Moods is being produced with assistance from the Icelandic Film Center. Northern Ligths Communications in Iceland has picked up domestic theatrical, sell-through and TV rights.