Kensuke’s Kingdom has completed its budget, thanks to an injection of €5.4 million (USD$6.5M) from the L.A.-based Align. The sum represents just over half the film’s total budget.
The film is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1999 novel of the same name, which tells the story of a shipwrecked boy’s adventures on an island. The project is a U.K.-Luxembourg-France co-production involving Lupus Films (Ethel & Ernest), Melusine Productions (Wolfwalkers), Le Pacte, Bumpybox, and Jigsaw Films. Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry are directing.
The British Film Institute awarded Kensuke’s Kingdom £1.62M ($2.29M) in 2020 — its biggest production grant of the year. Animation production began last September and final delivery is due in 2023. The film is sold by the U.K.’s Bankside Films.