A freshly struck deal with German production company BAF Berlin Animation Film makes IDT Media’s animation unit, Digital Production Solutions (DPS), the single source animation company for Happily NEver After, a feature-length 3D animated movie with a star-studded voice cast attached. Work will begin immediately.
Intended for all audiences, Happily NEver After is a humorous action/adventure reinterpretation of classic Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. When the scales of good and evil tip toward the evil side, Cinderella, the Prince, the Seven Dwarfs and assorted Fairy Godmothers battle the forces of evil, led by Frieda, the Empress of Evil.
The voice cast will include Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., George Carlin, Andy Dick, Wallace Shawn and Patrick Warburton. Paul Bolger will direct from an original script by Robert Moreland. Shrek 1 and 2 producer and Vanguard Films principal John H. Williams will produce. Rainer Soehnlein serves as exec. producer and Michael Algar is line producer. The feature will utilize DPS Global Animation Studio, a worldwide network of satellite animation facilities.
In July DPS entered into a partnership agreement with Vanguard Animation to co-produce and co-own all Vanguard properties. Vanguard has a deal in place with Disney to complete four CG features including the WWII pigeon toon Valiant, which is now in production.
“This agreement confirms that our partnership with John H. Williams and Neil Braun of Vanguard Films is working,” says Morris Berger, president of DPS. “As part of the agreement, DPS will perform animation services on the film including modeling, rigging, texturing, color, location construction, 3D workbook, lighting, effects, rendering and compositing."
“DPS participation was essential to making this project happen as a CG animated film,” says Williams. “DPS unique global network allows it to deliver high quality computer graphic animation work at lower costs than any other CG production entity.”
In March of this year, DPS acquired rights to Gene Roddenberry creations Starpoint Academy and Char. Academy in currently in production. In May the company acquired a controlling interest in Film Roman, the animation company best known for its production work on The Simpsons and King of the Hill, and more recently announced a binding letter of intent to acquire a controlling interest in Canadian CG house Mainframe.