Best known for the Sharknado franchise and dozens of live-action ‘mockbusters’ like Transmorphers, indie production studio The Asylum is bringing its notorious brand of shoddiness to the animation world.
This spring, The Asylum will release their first animated mockbuster, Izzie’s Way Home. The film marks the launch of their new animation division.
“I think it’s a very natural progression,” said David Rimawi, CEO and co-founder of The Asylum. “Our in-house VFX department is used to creating many, many sharks and robots for our live-action films, so animating creatures for a film like this just makes sense.” An example of Asylum’s character animation capabilities can be seen below in this clip from San Andreas Quake:
Starring Tori Spelling and former NSYNCer Joey Fatone, Izzie’s Way Home is a not-so-subtle riff on Pixar’s Finding Nemo franchise. In Asylum’s film, an aquarium fish gets lost in the ocean, and “with the help of other misfit sea creatures, she learns not only how to brave the perils of the deep, but how to be true to herself.”
Asylum is “totally re-designing how to make an animated movie at not only the artistic and technical level, but also to create a whole new production methodology,” claimed the film’s technical director Ron Thornton in a press release. “We are extremely excited to be a part of what is going to be a quantum leap in terms of animation production.”
Izzie’s Way Home will be released on DVD in May 2016, one month before Pixar releases Finding Dory.