Animated Features NOT coming soon

As is the case each year, dozens of potentially worthy animated features from around the world do not make it to these shores. Case in point: Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild which opened late last month in Korea. The movie, which cost $2.8 million to produce, is scheduled to open next month in China.

Then there’s RPG Metanoia, which opened last December in the Philippines. It’s the first full length CG Philippine animated film presented in 3D. Will it ever open in the U.S.? Probably not – so here’s a taste:


  • Dennis Morgan

    Leafie certainly looks promising.

    RPG, though, seems strictly for kids.

  • http://pitchbibles.blogspot.com Steve Schnier

    They certainly won’t get major/theatrical releases, but niche distributors can pick them up at any film market for limited territorial releases.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      We hope.

  • cbat628

    That was the most epic trailer about a talking duck I’ve ever seen.

    And even though I think “RPG Metanoia” may need a little more polish, for a first outing I think it looks great. It’s certainly better looking than “Fly Me to the Moon,” (if anyone else even remembers that).

  • Christopher Smigliano

    Well, there’s always the Direct-to-video lot…

  • http://dana-draws.blogspot.com Dana T

    I’d love to find subs for Leafie someday, it looks really great!
    The RPG one I’m not too crazy about. Not because of the visuals but because the story subject just doesn’t appeal to me as something inspiring or even interesting.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    LEAFIE is breaking turnstile records in South Korea (for homegrown feature animation), even if it is just a story about a hen that adopts a duck and refuses to give him up. Of course, a history based on an existing children’s book doesn’t hurt either.

    RPG: METANOIA is kind of rough around the edges; but to my knowledge, earned pretty consistently high praise when it was first released to the Metro Manila Film Festival, like Jerry said.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I feel like we need another “Streamline Pictures” to handle films like this here!

  • http://www.lawrencejackson.com Law

    Very nice work. Thanks for sharing these :)

  • Bobby Ushiro

    They both look cheap and I’m sure the story isn’t strong either. Why the automatic love??

    • eeteed

      well, there’s the root for the underdog factor.

      also, it’s interesting to see animation from new places. you wonder what their fresh perspective might be.

      and a lot of people are unhappy with what the established studios are offering. so we’re willing to cut a newcomer some slack and give them a fair chance.

  • NC

    Can someone tell me why “Leafie, a Hen into the Wild” is about a duck!?

    • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

      The baby mallard, “Greenie,” is the duckling that Leafie, the hen, becomes surrogate mother to.

  • Some Girl

    I think this looks charming, and very unique! Yeah..I bet you could afford 2.8 mill and call it cheap? yeah..ok.
    Anyway, the mother is the hen, clearly, and the son is a duck.
    Love it!

    • NC

      I guess by that logic they would have called Bambie “Bambie’s Mom: Shot in the Dark”

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  • eeteed

    both these films look interesting.

    it looks like 2.8 million goes a long way in korea.

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  • http://inspectorcleuzo.blogspot.com Sandro Cleuzo

    It’s hard to believe that they made a whole hand drawn feature film with full animation for only 2.8 Million Dollars, is that correct? I would like to know how much the team makes in salaries.
    Now I really understand why most animated TV shows are done there. How can we compete with that?

    • Leedar

      You might thank North Korea.

      My understanding is that SK is often used as a front to get cheap NK labour (because it is illegal in the US, and possibly other countries, to have business dealings with NK, IIRC).

      I don’t see why they wouldn’t use NK animators for domestic projects as well, if it means they can get full animation features for a few million.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        There’s some European companies that have delt directly with Pyongyang’s animation studio “SEK” for any number of projects over the years I noticed.

      • JMatte

        I have worked on a series, co-produced with France, and animated in North Korea.
        And, if you read the book “Pyong Yang” by Guy Delisle, you get some insight of how it was to supervise animation over there.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It’s been that way for decades.

    • http://kicreativestudio.blogspot.com/ Ki Innis

      I agree. How can western markets compete with that?

      Would western animators be willing to work on a 3 million dollar independent animated feature for almost nothing?

    • Jabberwocky

      Regarding the animation, it looked to me like they were using 3D models ‘wrapped’ with 2D drawings/textures, at least for the main characters. I imagine that would save them quite a bit of money, especially in the complicated flight scenes.

  • Lamont

    Haha, don’t forget about mexican Top Cat!

  • http://thatssokraven.livejournal.com/ Kelly Tindall

    They both look okay. Probably not my cup of tea but definitely on par with a lot of stuff that gets theatrical distribution in North America, I’d say.

  • wgan

    about the outsourcing, at least they’ve done a good job, cheap but not necessarily crap

  • RPG METANOIA

    I love RPG metanoia of Philippines. it’s quite entertaining and they added pinoy culture. I hope there’s a sequel of these!

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  • renegade

    @bobby ushiro – They both look cheap and I’m sure the story isn’t strong either. Why the automatic love??

    Have you seen both movies already? No? Then how can you be “sure the story isn’t strong”?

    Why the automatic HATE???