Feature “Back to the Sea” opens Friday in Canada

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Back to the Sea

Back to the Sea

The ani­mated fea­ture film “Back to the Sea” will open in the­aters across Canada in both 2D and 3D on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 27, Indus­try­Works Pic­tures announced.

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.

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