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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