Frozen’s head of animation Lino DiSalvo has joined ON Animation to direct Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels, the $75 million CGI-animated feature based on the popular German toy brand.
DiSalvo, who had been with Paramount Animation as creative director since 2014, is taking over the helms from Bob Persichetti, who had been slated to both write and direct Playmobil when it was announced last fall. (Persichetti was head of story on DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots and ON Animation’s own The Little Prince.) News of the directorial change was first reported yesterday by Variety.
The Playmobil movie, which will be animated in Canada, is being produced by Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache’s Parisian studio ON Animation, which also produced Mark Osborne’s soon-to-be-released-in-the-U.S. The Little Prince.