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Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of ‘Mosley’, an Animated Labor of Love




Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of ‘Mosley’, an Animated Labor of Love

Filmmaker Kirby Atkins has shared with Animag an exclusive clip and behind-the-scenes peek at his upcoming animated feature, Mosley. Set to launch in theaters in New Zealand, Australia and China on October 10, the CG tale is a deeply personal story that has evolved over the past two decades and has been brought to life by a team of international artists.

The film’s timeless story, centered on a father-daughter pair of farmyard creatures, unfolds as this subjugated species rebels against a life of servitude and our heroes embark on a treacherous journey in search of the fabled city of the Uprights.

Starring John Rhys-Davies, Rhys Darby, Lucy Lawless and Temuera Morrison, Mosley is the first New Zealand-China animated feature co-production. Production kicked off in 2018 under the creative supervision of animation director Manuel Aparicio and animation lead J. Randy Hayes.

The cast also features Kirby Atkins as Mosley, his daughter Leah Atkins (recorded at seven years old) as Rue, Curt Cloninger and country singer John Phillips.

Mosley will be making the festival circuit later this year, with CAA on board to handle U.S. distribution. Learn more at

‘Mosley’ – Rue and the Bucket

‘Mosley’ – Behind the Scenes




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