MGM goes down on the “Punk Farm” for cartoon film

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Punk Farm

Punk Farm

As its second in-house project since emerging from bankruptcy, MGM is making the animated film Punk Farm.

Based on a children’s book by Jarrett Krosoczka, this will mark the the under-new-management studio’s first cartoon film since 1989’s All Dogs Go To Heaven.

David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) will direct the feature, rewritten by David Stern from a script by Jim Hecht, the studio has confirmed.

Kevin Messick and Arish Fyzee are the producers. Anita Camarata will be the executive producer for Prana Animation Studios, which brought the project to MGM. Based in Los Angeles and Mumbai, Prana will do the CG animation for the project. It’s worked on such projects as Disney’s direct-to-video Tinker Bell (2008).

In Punk Farm, five barnyard animals form an underground rock band.

Silverman, an Emmy winner, may be best known for his work on The Simpsons. He also was a co-director of Monsters, Inc.

Among Stern’s upcoming projects are Sony’s Hotel Transylvania and Walden/Reel FX’s Turkeys, featuring the voices of Steve Martin, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson. He’s been involved with Open Season 2 and Open Season 3 as well.

Hecht may be best known for his work as a writer on Fox’s Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006).

[Via Variety -- www.variety.com/article/VR1118038266?categoryid=4076&cs=1&cmpid=RSS%7CNews%7CLatestNews, The Hollywood Reporter -- www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mgm-develop-punk-farm-animated-196356]

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