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Feature Film

Moonbot Studios Has Started to Develop Feature-Length Film Projects

The Oscar-winning Louisiana animation studio Moonbot recently announced that it is developing multiple feature-length film projects. It has acquired the film rights to two YA book series: the Olivia Kidney trilogy by Ellen Potter, which it plans to do as a live-action/animation hybrid; and The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli.

Shreveport, Louisiana-based Moonbot was founded by Brandon Oldenburg, Lampton Enochs, and children’s book author/illustrator Bill Joyce. The headliner amongst that trio, Joyce, has a long history of animation experience as the production designer of the Blue Sky features Robots and Epic, and the creator of the children’s series Rolie Polie Olie. His books also served as the basis of the Disney feature Meet the Robinsons and DreamWorks feature Rise of the Guardians.

Since launching in 2009, Moonbot has won an Oscar for its short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, as well as created the children’s app The Numberlys and the much-buzzed about Chipotle “Scarecrow” campaign.

Between Moonbot and Dallas-based Reel FX, which has made Free Birds and the forthcoming Book of Life, the American South is emerging as an unlikely hub for feature animation. It’ll be interesting to watch how that scene develops over the next few years.

  • Joseph Patrick

    This is pretty exciting! I love their blend of using miniature sets coinciding with their animation. It was only a matter of time before they began moving to features!

  • GW

    I’m not sure how I feel about the news. The books they’ve chosen to adapt don’t quite seem my taste.

  • George Comerci

    YES!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS ABOUT TIME!!!! I love Moonbot! And words cannot describe how thrilled I am to find out that they’re going to start making movies! YES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jonathan Lyons

    They really should make Joyce’s “Santa Calls” into a feature. It’s a fantastic Christmas story. I have read it several times to my kids, and the ending is really touching.

  • Mister Twister

    The left one looks 2kool4skool.

  • Leaf

    In a few years, the only “unlikely hub” for animation will be Hollywood itself. As a member of the VFX industry myself, I’m okay with this!

    I look forward to seeing these films develop.

  • Marco_Sensei

    That sound like Good News to me ! ^_^
    And maybe it will put an end to Bill Joyce’s curse in the Animation business.

  • AmidAmidi

    DreamWorks took an $87 million write-down on the film. “Making money” is relative to the cost of production and marketing.