Fox planning to release 3D “Leafmen” in May 2013

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Leafmen,” Fox’s next major animated film, is being scheduled by the studio for wide release on May 17, 2013.

Chris Wedge, who directed Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005) for Fox Animation as well, is directing the 3D feature.

The film is being produced by Blue Sky Studios, producers of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (2008), this spring’s Rio and Ice Age: Continental Drift, planned for release a year from now.

William Joyce’s 1996 picture book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs is the basis of the action-adventure tale, which concerns a colony of doodle bugs who summon the mythical Leaf Men to help them save an old woman’s garden and defeat the evil Spider Queen.

Joyce contributed artwork to Pixar’s Toy Story (1995) and A Bug’s Life (1998). His other books inspired Robots and the 1997 Disney feature film Meet The Robinsons.

Joyce is co-directing the DreamWorks Animation feature film Rise Of The Guardians, based on yet another of his books. It’s set for release in November 2012.

The release date for Leafmen is a strategic move on the part of Fox Animation. DWA’s insect-themed 3D film Turbo reaches theaters three weeks later. Leafmen will also open over a month before Pixar’s long-awaited prequel Monsters University does.

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