“Waltz with Bashir” Director Ari Folman Will Make Animated Anne Frank Film

Ari Folman, the Israeli director of Waltz with Bashir and The Congress, has announced that his next animated film will be a family-friendly film based on Anne Frank’s diaries. “Bringing the Anne Frank diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations,” Folman said in a statement.

Folman has been granted full access to the Anne Frank Fonds Basel archive. The film will be produced by Purple Whale, a new Belgian production firm that is owned in part by Folman’s Israeli company Bridgit Folman Film Gang and Belgian producer Entre Chien Et Loup. Production will begin by winter 2014.


  • Alex Dudley

    Wow. I remember seeing a mock Disney poster for a family friendly Anne Frank film. It’s not Disney, but to think such a film would be made is kind of weird.

    • jhalpernkitcat

      Yeah–hopefully this can actually be pulled off and won’t be like those really awful animated Titanic movies.

  • potemkin1925

    Well, so much about doing his next film project as live action… :P
    (Hint: ARTE Metropolis)

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Sorry, this was all I could think of when reading this.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Sorry, this was all I could think of while reading this. Hopefully, it will be a lot better than that.

    • Strong Enough

      LMAO thats hilarious and …sad

      • jhalpernkitcat

        I know–I assure you it’s a very well done joke poster.

    • SarahJesness

      For context: this poster isn’t just some weird shock value meme joke. It was made for a video where a woman is commenting on Disney’s “Pocahontas” and how it was weird and offensive of them to make a movie that sanitizes history and glosses over the oppression of Native Americans. She had someone make this poster to use as a comparison.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I would so watch that!

  • Max C.

    Having caught Waltz With Bashir on TV and The Congress at a film festival, I’m curious as to how Folman will pull off this project while making it as family friendly as possible. Surely he wouldn’t use any Congress-style toon visuals like that mock picture predicts, Mr. Amidi… *groaning*

  • tredlow

    Hey, it can be good. Animation isn’t just kids stuff. Yeah, I like to preach to the choir sometimes.

    • SarahJesness

      I think it’s the “family friendly” comment that has people a little nervous.

      • tredlow

        Oof. I did not read the “family friendly” part. Yeah, this will be problematic.

        • Chris Sobieniak

          Hopefully nowhere near what the Italians did to the Titanic.

  • SarahJesness

    Eh, the “family friendly” part has me kind of iffy, but I’ve heard good things about his other work (haven’t gotten around to seeing them yet, I’m broke so I mostly just stick to what Netflix streaming has, and sometimes I go to the theaters. But I REALLY want to see Waltz with Bashir) so I’ll be optimistic.

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  • George Comerci

    Well…if it will be anything like Waltz with Bashir, I’m sure it will be good. But…yeah….this is kind of a touchy subject to make an animated film about. I mean, we’ve seen Pocahontas and Anastasia (both good films, if you dismiss the “historical” inaccuracies of the whole thing. But…others have tried to do what Pocahontas and Anastasia did…remember the Magic Voyage? *cringe* Horrible movie. All I can say is….I hope it won’t end up like that…

    • SarahJesness

      I’d argue the animated “Titanic” films were far worse than “The Magic Voyage”, but they’re all so terrible that there’s no point in arguing that one is worse than the others…

      • George Comerci

        eeh….the titanic movies….*shivers*

  • Max C.

    Italy tried to make a mo-cap version but didn’t manage to complete it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNK6u9LY_cw