Project Chapman animators announced

In what’s shaping up to be something of an animation bonanza, the producers of the forthcoming 3D film based on the memoirs of the late Monty Python star Graham Chapman, have revealed the studios who’ll be working on it

In what’s shaping up to be something of an animation bonanza, the producers of the forthcoming 3D film based on the memoirs of the late Monty Python star Graham Chapman, have revealed the artists and studios who’ll be working on it…

Shown here is some of the artwork already created by Jock Mooney of Trunk, who will complete a section of the film alongside the following studios: Asylum Films, Made Visual Studio, Not to Scale, Treat Studios, Peepshow, Steven Lall, Sherbert, Superfad, Mr & Mrs Smith, Cake, Arthur Cox, A for Animation, Tundra and Beakus.

The 3D animated feature, made in association with Bill and Ben Productions Ltd, Trinity Films (UK) and Brainstorm Media, will tell the story of Chapman’s life as recorded in his 1980 book, A Liar’s Autobiography Volume VI. Bill Jones, Ben Timlea and Jeff Simpson of Bill and Ben will direct the film, which will be voiced by the remaining Pythons (bar Eric Idle) and incorporate audio recordings made by Chapman who died in 1989 aged 48. More details on the production are at projectchapman3d.com.

Also on the Trunk team are producer Richard Barnett with Layla Atkinson heading up the animation team. Compositors Rok Predin and Alasdair Brotherston will also co-direct the segment with Mooney and Atkinson.

The stereoscopic 3D film’s world television premiere will be in both 2D and 3D on the EPIX channel and on EpixHD.com in early 2012 and will be released in UK cinemas by Trinity. Expect a story on the CR blog once screeners are available.

“We’ve been working closely with the Chapman estate and the Pythons to make sure we get this exactly right,” says the film’s co-director, Jeff Simpson. “Graham would be delighted that his work is being re-imagined in glorious 3D. He always loved wearing silly glasses.”

 

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