French film studio Gaumont, whose animation production has consisted of dozens of TV series but no high-profile animated features, has released a French-language teaser for its most significant full-length film to date: Ballerina directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin.
Budgeted at around US$30 million, Gaumont is co-producing with Quad and Caramels. The film marks the first animated feature for Quad producers Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou, and Nicolas Duval, who were responsible for the 2011 French phenomenon Intouchables, which became France’s second-highest grossing homegrown film of all-time. L’Atelier Animation in Montreal, Canada is handling the animation production, working from a screenplay by Zeitoun and Carole Noble.
The Belle Époque-set film is geared toward young girls, telling the story of Félicie, an orphanage escapee who travels to Paris and trains to perform at the Paris Opera’s Palais Garnier.