Eric "Bibo" Bergeron (l.) and Mike de Seve. Eric "Bibo" Bergeron (l.) and Mike de Seve.

DreamWorks Vets Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

Eric “Bibo” Bergeron (l.) and Mike de Seve.

Animation veterans Eric “Bibo” Bergeron and Mike de Seve have partnered to launch a new venture called Monkey’s Uncle, which they announced at Annecy a couple weeks ago. They plan to turn the company into a hub for top animation talents who will develop original animation features in the $25-75 million range.

The company will also provide pre-production services from development through greenlight for companies who have already secured financing for feature film projects. “Our goal is to provide producers access to some of the most sought-after creative talents available,” said de Seve. “The aim is to be a complete, boots-on-the-ground solution for any company that has production capacity but needs to build out its front-end creative vision.”

The duo has decades of industry experience. Bergeron co-directed two films at DreamWorks—The Road to El Dorado and Shark Tale—before directing the recent French feature A Monster in Paris. De Seve was a sequence director on Madagascar and did script consulting on six DreamWorks features, as well as co-directed the feature Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. He also operates the animation screenwriting consultancy Baboon Animation.

Other artists involved in Monkey’s Uncle are character designer Buck Lewis, whose credits include Kung Fu Panda, Alvin and the Chipumunks, and Ratatouille, and story artist Jurgen Grosz, who has worked on Rango, Open Season, and Chicken Run.

Among the four original features that the studio is currently developing, Murphy’s Outlaw is furthest along in development. The planned $25 million feature is based on the “Murphy’s Law” adage of “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong,” and explores the universe of The Murphies, the hairy gremlins who cause everything to go wrong for humans.

  • Doug

    Wondering if their focus will be hand-drawn of CG?

    • randomguy

      If you ask me, it’s probably most likely to be CG. Would love it if any hand-drawn projects emerge and get produced, but in the sense of feature films, that chance is very slim

    • probably a good script first

    • Tony

      I imagine it will be CG, but if they also try some hand-drawn projects, that would be nice.

    • Tim

      Probably CG, given that almost all of their past work is CG. But I would hope that they’d be looking at stop motion features too, which always have half or less the budget of their CG counterparts. That $25-75m range perfectly matches the budget range of stop mo features in the last 10 years.

      • Phil

        Are you kidding ? Please take a look at Jean-Luc et Faipassa !

        • jonhanson

          Which one of them worked on Jean-Luc et Faipass?

          • Monsieur U

            Bibo’s previous company, Bibo films, produced Jean-Luc et Faipassa, back in the late nineties, among other shorts and commercial. It was created and directed by a fellow called David Garcia.

            However, they steered away from hand drawn since. I don’t even think Bibo Films even exists any more.

  • Wow, this is such a cool idea… Very exciting.

  • Congrats on the new adventure! Many blessings for the company and to those who will collaborate with you both!

  • Damn. I can’t think of anything better these guys can put their talents and experience to use on. What a great idea! Best wishes from me, and I bet the rest of the animation community too!