Bron Studios — the British Columbia-based company behind award-winning 2017 film Fences — turns its eye on animated features with The Willoughbys, based on a book of the same name by Lois Lowry (The Giver).
Casting announcements include Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, Sean Cullen and Terry Crews. Animation World Network reports more on the plot:
Published in 2010, the story follows the four Willoughby children – Tim, Jane and the twins, Barnaby A and B. When abandoned by their selfish parents, they must embark on a wild adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny and a candy mogul, to reunite with the “family they were born into,” only to discover along the way the value of love in the “family they choose.”
Kind of like the “family you choose” in another Terry Crews-starring production…
While Bron’s previous experience with animation remains only a few unpromising 45-minute productions of a Mighty Mighty Monsters series on Amazon, the leadership on The Willoughbys is more encouraging.
Writer/Director Kris Pearn brings experience from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (Head of Story) and its sequel (Co-Director); Aardman’s Arthur Christmas, Shawn the Sheep and Pirates: Band of Misfits; DreamWorks Animation’s Home, and Open Season and Surf’s Up, according to Animation World Network.
Co-Director Cory Evans brings less apparent experience, with IMDb credits on DreamWorks’ Joseph: King of Dreams and some kind of 2011 Voltron show called Voltron Force.
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