Disco Worm gets DFI support
by Annika Pham
The 3D animation film Disco Worm (Disco ormene) directed by Thomas Borch Nielsen (special effects supervisor on I Am Dina [+see also:
film profile]) has just been awarded DKK 5.9m (€792,000) from the Danish Film Institute towards its €4m budget.
Presented successfully at Cartoon Movie last March as a 45-second teaser, the project will be filled with numerous disco favourites such as Diana Ross' "Upside Down", the Village People’s' "YMCA", Michael Jackson’s "Don't Blame it on the Boogie", the Bee Gees' "Stayin’ Alive" and Gloria Gaynor’s "I Will Survive".
Based on a script by Morten Draggsted, the film tells the story of earthworm Barry, who is fed up with being at the bottom of the food chain. All the other insects in the backyard consider earthworms to be major losers: no arms, no backbone, no brain! Barry’s only future prospect is a boring “career” as middle manager in the composting business. However, one day an old disco record turns his life upside down and suddenly there’s light ahead: Barry wants to start the world’s greatest disco band!
Trine Dyrholm (A Soap [+see also:
interview: Lars Bredo Rahbek
interview: Pernille Fischer Christensen
film profile]), Birthe Neumann (Open Hearts [+see also:
film profile]), Jonatan Spang (Erik Nietzsche: The Early Years) and Lars Hjortshøj (Brothers [+see also:
film profile]) will lend their voices to the key characters currently being animated at Copenhagen’s Radar Film studios under Nielsen’s aegis.
The film is produced by veteran producer Nina Crone (Crone Film) and will be released in Denmark in October 2008.
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