Tokyo production company Ichigo Ichie Films LLC has released two first-look development images for CG animated feature project, Lobo — based on the Chris Kurtz’s children’s book The Pup Who Cried Wolf (Bloomsbury).
The first-look artwork features character design and illustration by emerging artist Zi Chen, and reveals that the film will be an Asian-centered story set in New York City, with one image showing a young woman standing with the titular canine hero under a banner which reads “Welcome to Chinatown.”
“I believe that films would really benefit from having more unique Asian characters, and hopefully this story will be one of them,” said Ichigo Ichie Films’ President and Producer, Hiro Masuda. Lobo is targeting a release in 2019.
Lobo is a tiny Chihuahua with a big dream—to join a wolf pack. When Lobo’s owner Zi takes her niece Mei and pets on vacation to a national park, Lobo thinks he’ll finally have the opportunity to find his wolf-brothers. But he doesn’t count on a strict park rule that will keep him on a leash! With the help of his endearingly quirky family—a smart Spanish-speaking parrot named Glory and a wisecracking white rat named Heckles—Lobo finally slips his leash and gets a chance to run with the wolves. But is the wild really where a feisty little five-pound pup belongs?