EXCLUSIVE: Cartoon Brew has the first teaser for Aniventure’s original action-comedy HITPIG. The film will be ready for market sometime later this year.
Based on characters from Pulitzer Prize-winner Berkeley Breathed’s Pete & Pickles, the film tells the story of Hitpig (Peter Dinklage), a grizzled bounty hunter, who catches escaped animals and returns them to humans for pay. Pickles (Lilly Singh), a naive, ebullient elephant who has escaped the clutches of an evil Vegas showman, becomes Hitpig’s next target. Though Hitpig initially sets out to capture the perky pachyderm for big cash, the unlikely pair find themselves on an unexpected adventure criss-crossing the globe that brings out the best in both of them, proving sometimes what we want isn’t what we need.
The film, set in a futuristic cyberpunk world, is directed by David Feiss (Cow and Chicken, Despicable Me 2) and Cinzia Angelini (Mila, Minions), produced by Adam Nagle (Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank) and Dave Rosenbaum (Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, Secret Life of Pets), written by Tyler Werrin (The Lorax), with Berkeley Breathed also serving as writer, character designer, and executive producer. The cg animation is being completed at Cinesite (Iwájú, Addams Family 2) which has a multi-picture production partnership with Aniventure.