Director Pete Dodd will pitch “King of the Swamp” at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Film, kicking off March 5. Dodd was nominated for greatest character animation in a function movie for his work as animation director on Roger Mainwood’s “Ethel & Ernest” on the first European Animation Awards in 2017.
A 3D CGI comedy-adventurer, “King of the Swamp” follows Clive, a bad-tempered however endearing previous Swamp Monster, in a spot the place Fairy Story creatures reside below human guidelines, anticipated to disregard the talents that make them totally different. Together with Sam, a misguided fairy boy and Daisy, a human lady, the reluctant Swamp Monster hero turns into embroiled in a plan to exchange people because the dominant species.
“King of the Swamp” is produced by Dodd’s U.Ok.-based Mummysboy Ltd., and budgeted at $9 million. Will probably be Dodd’s second animated function after 2011’s “Freddy Frogface.”
“That is an authentic story impressed by watching how kids play, fantastically unprejudiced, naturally mixing all kinds of characters that ‘don’t match’ with one different. There’s a type of magic in not‘realizing any higher which I feel may be very compelling,” Dodd defined to Selection.
He continued, “We’ve a recognizable world with people, supermarkets, faculties and flats, but in addition there are dragons, trolls and unicorns, all combined up collectively, which makes for lots of enjoyable. The story follows a grumpy Swamp Monster, however the core of it’s about coping with distinction, and exhibiting that variations are nothing to be afraid of.”
Dodd can even current, this time as director-writer, a second venture – nonetheless within the idea section – titled “Kiki,” produced by U.Ok.-based Lupus Movies.
“Kiki” is the story of a mannequin who turns into Queen of Montparnasse by way of her relationship with artists from Paris’ avant-garde interval. 2D laptop modeling and hand-drawing strategies will probably be used.
Dodd’s different credit embody lead animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” and “Frankenweenie,” Wes Anderson’s “Incredible Mr. Fox,” Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen’s “The Story of Despereaux,” and just lately BBC/Netflix-produced “Watership Down,” amongst others. He’s represented by Eddie Gamarra on the Gotham Group in LA.
In response to Dodd, he’s largely drawn to sturdy character tales and particular person journeys, and initiatives with outlined readability when it comes to its tone and total imaginative and prescient.
“There’s an actual power in the best way that animation storytelling provides you a couple of levels of separation from actuality. This enables the viewers to attach with characters and story in a extra direct means than most different mediums,” he mentioned, including that he would love to essentially stretch actuality and blend reside motion and animation so they’re indistinguishable in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.