Nico Marlet-Designed French Feature ‘Mune’ Has a Trailer

Click poster to enlarge.

Click poster to enlarge.

French animation studio Mikros Image is busier than ever. Not only will they release Mark Osborne’s Le Petit Prince next year, they’ve also just wrapped a second feature Mune, Guardian of the Moon. The film’s Italian trailer (above) was released yesterday. [UPDATE: Yahoo!, which had the trailer exclusively, has removed it from their site. See below for a newly released trailer.]

The fantasy film about a universe in which the sun and moon are protected by guardians is based on an original story idea by Benoit Philippon (director/screenwriter of the live-action feature Lullaby of Pi), who co-directed with Gobelins grad Alexandre Heboyan, a former DreamWorks animator on Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens.

Based on the trailer, Mune looks like a remarkably polished kids’ film, especially considering its modest $22 million (€18 million) budget.

Its quality probably has something to do with its A-list crew: longtime DreamWorks designer Nico Marlet (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) designed the characters, and Aurélien Predal (Room on the Broom, A Monster in Paris) art directed. Other crew included animation sup Sebastien Bruneau (Hotel Transylvania and also a lead animator on The Little Prince), character technical supervisor Hidekata Yosumi (Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph), and storyboard artists David Berthier (Despicable Me) and Antoine Antin (The Illusionist).

Accrording to a Variety piece, the film was also “backed creatively” by Glen Keane; it’s unclear whether or not he had any direct creative involvement though.

Mune has already been picked up for distribution in Italy (Notorious Pictures), South Korea (Smile Entertainment, Middle East (Gulf Films), China (Domo Media), India (Zoom Entertainment), Russia (Volga Films), and Poland (Monolith Films), among other territories. As usual, no American distribution is in place.

Paramount Pictures France will release the film in its home country on April 22, 2015. Italians get the film first on February 6, 2015.

  • Axolotl

    Ah, dumb humor! The international language. The visuals look really great, though!


    STUNNING colour design!

  • Mike Scott

    Man that looks good.

  • Guest

    The poster is wrong, old material mistakenly put online by the italian ditributor. Here is the one that was shown in Cannes a few months ago :
    And Pierre Olivier Vincent also worked on this project, on its initial graphic research.

    • sidney

      I muchly prefer this one.

  • Guest

    And about Mikros Image, it is also behind the latest Asterix, animated in the Paris studio, while The Little Prince and Mune were animated in their new Montreal studio. Asterix was initially meant to be animated by Paris’ studio MacGuff. That was before McGuff had an exclusive deal with Illumination Entertainment.

  • DC

    As someone who works at Mikros Image, it needs known that this movie was heavily dependent on free labour (mostly from juniors level people willing to work about 14 hours daily with no overtime pay). Production too cowardly to put anything in writing so they make Leads to tell us that “we need to get it done.” The consequence was getting bad shots or be ostracized by the production and director. This is the maximum example of everything that is wrong with the animation industry. This is why it was finished at $22 million budget.

  • Mister Twister

    Looks like Dreamkeepers: The Movie.

    (it’s a comic)

  • Lauren Sparks

    GRAAAAHHH!!! American distributors, get off your butts!!!

  • hypertronic

    Looks like a ripoff of Avatar (the James Cameron one) and Clash of Clans