Your Animated AFM Screening Guide
More than 2,000 projects from 50 countries will be unveiled at this year’s edition of the American Film Market (November 1-8) in Santa Monica. Here are a few of the animated titles that will be screened or previewed at the big event by the beach. (http://americanfilmmarket.com)
Anchors Up: Boat to the Rescue
Sola Media GmbH
Screening: Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. @ ArcLight 9, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. @ ArcLight 5
Elias the famous rescue boat, get his own feature adventure. The plot finds the heroic boat working as an emergency helper in the city of Big Harbor and fighting an illegal gang of miners! Directed by Simen Alsvik and William John Ashurst, this simple CG-animated movie strictly targets the younger audiences and fans of the preschool show.
Screening: Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m. @ ArcLight 10
Directed by Hubert Weiland, charming CG-animated movie is based on a popular German book series. The Caligari film finds the pint-sized swashbuckler trying to prove his bravery by sailing along with kid pals Mikey and Bonnie as they thwart the plans of Old Bill the Pirate.
Duck Duck Goose
Screening: Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. @ ArcLight 2, Nov 5 at 11 a.m. @ AMC Santa Monica 5
Directed by Christopher Jenkins, this Original Force family pic finds a freewheeling bachelor goose Peng (Jim Gaffigan) straddled with taking care of two ducklings Chi and Chao (Zendaya and Lance Lim) and learning about the real meaning of family love. Voice cast also includes Jennifer Grey, Stephen Fry and Carl Reiner.
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer
Double Dutch Intl.
Screening: Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m.@ Laemmle Monica Film Center 2, Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. @ ArcLight 6
When one of Santa’s reindeer announces his retirement, a big-hearted miniature horse decides to try out for the job, while a sinister villainess threatens the lives of his friends back at the farm. Written and directed by Jennifer Westcott and featuring the voices of Josh Hutcherson, Samantha Bee, Martin Short, John Cleese, Morena Baccarin and Jeff Dunham.
The Fixies: Top Secret
Central Partnership Sales House
Screening Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.@ AMC Santa Monica 3
The popular Russian TV animated series makes a leap to the big screen. The movie finds the world of the tiny creatures that help maintain and repair household devices endangered when Fire become a weapon of mass technological mischief. It’s up to Tom Thomas, Professor Eugenius, Elisa and the rest of the gang to save the Fixies’ secrets from being exposed. The CG-animated movie is directed by Vasiko Bedoshvili and produced by Aeroplane and LA Studio.
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games
Studio 100 Films
Screening Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. @ Broadway Cineplex 4
When an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive. This second CG-animated Maya movie is directed by Alexs Stadermann and Noel Cleary.
Miniscule: Mandibles from Far Away
Screening: Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. @ArcLight 2, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. @ ArcLight 2
The second feature based on the worldwide hit TV series by French studio Futurikon is about a young ladybug that gets trapped by accident in a cardboard box shipped to the Caribbean and his father who travels to the beautiful archipelago to rescue him. Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo and produced by Philippe Delarue.
Mission Kathmandu: The Adventures of Nelly & Simon
Cinema Management Group
Screening: Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. @ ArcLight 2, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. @ ArcLight 2
In 1955, a young apprentice detective and an anthropology assistant go in search of the abominable snowman, aided by a philanthropist, a clever young Sherpa guide and a talkative mynah bird! Directed by Pierre Greco and Nancy Florence Savard.
Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
Global Genesis Group
Screening: Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. @ AMC Santa Monica 4
The charming Moomintroll discover the magic of Christmas in this beautifully animated feature set in the magical snow-covered world created by Finnish-Swedish writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001). Voice cast includes Alicia Vikander as Little My and Sorry-oo and Stellan Skarsgard as Moomin Papa. Produced by Tom Carpelan and directed by Ira Carpelan. Produced by Filmkompaniet and Animoon Studios.
SC Films Intl.
Screening: Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m @Laemmle Monica 3
Jack London’s beloved classic comes to life in 3-D CG animation. Set in Yukon, Canada, during the late 19th century Gold Rush, the novel tracks a beautiful half-breed wolf’s journey from life in the wild to domestication. This new French adaptation is directed by Oscar-winner Alexandre Espigares (Mr. Hublot) and produced by Superprod, Bidibul Productions and Big Beach.