Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Writers Cast

A stop motion feature just got itself some writers.

“Robot Chicken” writers Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard and Zeb Wells will team up to write the screenplay for the hybrid live-action/stop-motion animated “Rabbids” feature film for Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. ...

The film is based on the wacky characters from the popular “Rabbids” TV series and Ubisoft video games. Similar to the Minions in the “Despicable Me” franchise, the “raving rabbids” first appeared in the “Rayman” series and became so popular, they were spun off into their own franchise. ...

Stoopid Buddies Stoodios, headquartered in Burbank, is going to be a producing partner with this feature, a stop-motion movie of the kind that LAIKA studios and Tim Burton makes. (Whenever Burton produces an animated feature. For some reason Tim doesn't like to do the sort of hand-drawn film he worked on a life-time ago at Walt Disney Productions.)

There haven't been a lot of wildly successful American stop-motion features. There's the Burton/Selick Nightmare Before Christmas, there's the (somewhat less successful) Selick/LAIKA Coraline, and then ... not very much.

Sony Pictures Animation has had two CGI hits with its Hotel Transylvania franchise; it's clearly looking for another tent pole and willing to take some risks. Maybe Rabbids is the kind of movie it's looking for.


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