Not every Disney release can look like Moana. Disney’s foreign distribution arm Buena Vista International will release the Spanish/Canadian co-pro Ozzy in Spain tomorrow.
The family film offers a twist on the prison break genre and promises “Pixar-like quality and fun.” Here is the English-language trailer.
The star of the film is a beagle named Ozzy who ends up at a prison for dogs, run by dogs:
Ozzy, a friendly, peaceful beagle has his idyllic life turned upside down when his family leave for Japan. There’s only one problem: no dogs allowed! Unable to bring their beloved Ozzy along for the ride, the Martins settle on the next best thing, a top-of-the-line canine spa called Blue Creek. This picture perfect place turns out to be a facade constructed by its villainous owner to capture dogs. Ozzy will soon end up in the real Blue Creek, a prison for dogs, run by dogs. Ozzy will have to avoid danger and find strength in his new friends, Chester, Fronky and Doc to escape the prison and return home safely.
Directed by Alberto Rodriguez (a director on Pocoyo) and written by Juan Ramón Ruiz de Somavía, the $10 million film is a co-production between Spain’s Arcadia Motion Pictures, Capitan Araña, and Pachacamac, and Canada’s Tangent Animation. Pre-production was done in Spain, followed up by animation in Canada. When the project was announced in 2015, Tangent COO Jeff Bell told Variety that he hoped the film would “spin into additional Ozzy adventures.”
No American release date has been announced. Signature is releasing in the U.K. and EOne in Canada.