Richard Claus and Karsten Kiilerich's Panda Bear in Africa in the works
- The animated flick, a Dutch-Danish-German-French co-production, will be ready for release in 2023
Directors Richard Claus (Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon [+see also:
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film profile], The Little Vampire 3D) are currently working on an exciting new 3D animated project, a family-orientated comedy entitled Panda Bear in Africa.
In the movie, we will see young Panda travelling from China to Africa to rescue his best friend, Jielong the Dragon, who has been kidnapped. On his journey, young Panda discovers a world completely unknown to him, and faces frightening hippos, suspicious hyenas and wise gorillas. Relying on his wits (and some newfound friends) he makes his way across Africa, before rescuing Jielong and saving his new friends' jungle home.
Claus described the flick to Cineuropa as “a fish-out-of-water story with a lot of fun and adventure, and underlying themes of tolerance and understanding”. Speaking about the project's backers, he added: “The film will be financed, among other sources, by a minimum guarantee from our sales agent, CMG - Cinema Management Group, the Netherlands Film Fund's Production Incentive, the Abraham Tuschinski Fund and other Danish funds through our co-producers. We have also received development funding from the German FFA.”
Panda Bear in Africa is being produced by Dutch studios Coolbeans and Katuni, and co-produced by Denmark's A.Film, Germany's Comet Film and France's Le Pacte. US outfit CMG - Cinema Management Group is in charge of its international sales. The character animation is set to commence at the end of this year, and the movie will be ready for release in 2023.
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