Animetropolis has engaged International Digital Artists as production partner and lead animation unit for the CG-animated feature film adaptation of Tailchaser’s Song, the best-selling fantasy novel by author Tad Williams.
The announcement was made Saturday in Santa Monica, California.
Earlier this year, IDA became the first Japanese studio ever nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award for animation. It was recognized in the Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short category for its ground-breaking Cat Sh*t One, which chronicles an intense hostage rescue mission by an intrepid (and adorable) pair of bunny rabbit commandos.
“We are thrilled and honored to be teaming up with IDA,” said producer and Animetropolis partner Paul Alvarado-Dykstra. “We searched long and hard to find the perfect animation studio partner for this project, and IDA couldn’t be a more ideal fit to fulfill our vision of producing a high-quality, family-friendly, CG-animated independent film as our first project.”
“The quality of CG animal character animation that IDA achieved in Cat Sh*t One made our entire industry take notice, and demonstrated how ideally suited they are for this project,” commented producer and Animetropolis partner Samantha Inoue-Harte. “We’re very excited to work with them to bring Tad Williams’ beloved characters and story to life on the big screen.”
“We will do our best to produce a great animation by utilizing the techniques and creativity Japanese artists have built up through history from cel animation to CG animation,” added producer and IDA president Junya Okabe.
Alvarado-Dykstra and Inoue-Harte are producing with Okabe in association with Fire Duck principals Chris Rydo and Bethany Rhoades, co-writers of the screenplay. Williams is creative consultant on the film.