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Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -


Kung Fu Panda di­rec­tor John Steven­son has been tapped to di­rect a CG- an­i­mated fea­ture in­spired by the bib­li­cal tale of Noah’s Ark for United Pic­tures.

Slated for 2016, the film is an an­i­mated com­edy- ad­ven­ture in­spired by the clas­sic tale and told from the point of view of the an­i­mals.

Cur­rently in pre­pro­duc­tion, the film’s script is by Philip LaZeb­nik ( The Prince of Egypt, Mu­lan and Poc­a­hon­tas) and Glen Dol­man. The pro­duc­tion is be­ing over­seen by ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Ce­cil Kramer ( Wal­lace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were- Rab­bit, Flushed Away and Astro Boy) and Steven­son, with Uni­fied Pic­tures’ Kurt Rauer and Keith Kjar­val.

The company has also as­sem­bled a crew of an­i­ma­tion vet­er­ans that in­cludes pro­duc­tion de­signer Luc Des­marche­lier ( Spirit: Stal­lion of the Ci­mar­ron, Open Sea­son), visual de­vel­op­ment artist Richie Chavez ( The Prince of Egypt, Mu­lan) and ed­i­tor Stan Webb ( Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas, Antz) and con­cep­tual story artist Robert Steven­hagen ( Franken­wee­nie, Wal­lace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were- Rab­bit)

direc­tors John Musker and Ron Cle­ments is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment shortly after Wil­liams’ death:

“We had the thrill and priv­i­lege of di­rect­ing Robin Wil­liams in Aladdin. We wrote the part with him in mind, but his per­for­mance, com­plete with his bril­liant, im­pro­vised flights of fancy, took us and the character far beyond what we had imag­ined. Robin’s ge­nie de­fied space, time, and physics, and so did Robin’s tal­ent. Like the ge­nie it was im­mea­sur­able, thrilling, a cos­mic ex­plo­sion of wit and warmth. Robin brought magic into our lives, to his an­i­ma­tor/ other half, Eric Gold­berg, and to the scores of artists who brought the ge­nie to such vivid life on the screen. But, most of all, Robin’s magic touched mil­lions of view­ers who laughed and were moved by him. We will cher­ish the mem­ory of this ever-giv­ing man who made ev­ery life he touched, in­clud­ing our own, bet­ter.”

Gold­berg, who was the su­per­vis­ing an­i­ma­tor for the Ge­nie character in the movie, also is­sued a state­ment on Wil­liams:

“I am beyond dev­as­tated. I can­not ex­press how in­flu­en­tial and im­por­tant Robin was, and will con­tinue to be, to me and count­less other an­i­ma­tion artists. Robin gave those of us who worked on the Ge­nie so much hu­mor, in­spi­ra­tion, and just sheer de­light, that we were al­ways spoiled for choice when­ever we came back from a record­ing ses­sion. Like the Ge­nie, Robin’s im­mense tal­ent could not be con­tained in the lamp. I think we all knew, as the world does now, if there was ever a per­son who was tai­lor-made for the medium of an­i­ma­tion, it was Robin. We have lost not just a great voice, though. We have lost a warm, hu­man, mirac­u­lous per­son whose nu­mer­ous and amaz­ing tal­ents will con­tinue to in­spire peo­ple for gen­er­a­tions upon gen­er­a­tions”


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