Back to the Sea is a tale of adventure that follows Kevin, a young flying fish, who lives in New York Harbor. He dreams of leading his family back to Barbados — the mythical kingdom of the flying fish.
One fateful day, his adventurous nature finds him captured by a fishing ship and delivered to the fish tank of a Chinese restaurant in New York City’s Chinatown, where he meets a quiet young boy who also longs for excitement and adventure. The two become friends and begin a daring quest to get Kevin back to the sea. Battling furious chefs, evil thieves and hungry diners, the two heroes discover the true meaning of friendship, family, and the importance of following your dreams.
Directed by Thom Lu, the film is voiced by, among others, Christian Slater (Breaking In, Interview with the Vampire, Pump Up the Volume, Robot Chicken) as Jack, the bad guy and robber. Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Wild Thornberrys) lends his voice to play Eric, Kevin’s father. Mark Hamill, best known for his leading role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, plays Bunker the wise old octopus, while Tom Kenny (Spongebob SquarePants) provides the hilarious voice of Ben the Life Coach.
This is IndustryWorks Pictures’ first theatrical animation film, as well as its first co-production with China.
“This is an important step for Canada, and a huge feat for the Vancouver-based independent film company to enter into a partnership with a studio like Glory & Dream Digital Animation. They are one of the top companies in animated films in China, as is The Jiangsu Broadcast Company, the second-largest broadcast company in China. The experience has been something quite incredible,” the company said.
The 96-minute film is produced by Calvin Yao; Ming Sun, Kathryn Griffiths, Evan Tylor and Tom Raycove are the executuve producers. Music is by Gordon McGhie.