SPA developing “Chickenhare” animated feature film

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Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion and Dark Horse Enter­tain­ment will develop an ani­mated fea­ture film based on the Dark Horse graphic novel series Chick­en­hare by Chris Grine, SPA pres­i­dent Michelle Raimo-Kouyate announced Wednesday.

Chick­en­hare is the story of a unique ani­mal that is half chicken, half hare and all hero. The epony­mous graphic nov­els in which Chick­en­hare was intro­duced, orig­i­nally pub­lished in 2006 and 2008 by Dark Horse, fol­low him and his shelled side­kick, Abe, on their adven­tures in an amaz­ing fan­tasy world filled with mon­strous crea­tures, demonic crit­ters, and dan­ger lurk­ing around every cor­ner. The two pick up a few more friends and a few more prob­lems, all while explor­ing themes of iden­tity, fam­ily and friendship.

Mike Richard­son and Keith Gold­berg will exec­u­tive pro­duce on behalf of Dark Horse Enter­tain­ment. Michael Lachance will over­see the project for SPA with Raimo-Kouyate as pres­i­dent of production.

Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion is always look­ing for orig­i­nal char­ac­ters, and Chick­en­hare is a true orig­i­nal,” says Raimo-Kouyate. “This story has every­thing we want in an ani­mated film — broad com­edy, heart­felt emo­tion, uni­ver­sal themes, and a one-of-a-kind hero that audi­ences will love.”

Chris Grine’s Chick­en­hare is one of the quirki­est char­ac­ters we’ve ever pub­lished,” said Dark Horse pres­i­dent Mike Richard­son. “We’re excited that the good peo­ple at Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion responded so enthu­si­as­ti­cally to what has to be one of our great­est comics-to-film projects yet. The more ani­mated movies I see, the more I want to make them, and in Chick­en­hare, we found a char­ac­ter so col­or­ful and three-dimensional that he could only exist in an ani­mated world.”

Chris Grine is the cre­ator of 165 Bots with­Stuff, which were fea­tured on the Shoe­box blog. He grad­u­ated from Rin­gling School of Art & Design in 2000 after com­plet­ing three years at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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