Mosley, an independent cg feature that marks the first feature co-production between New Zealand and China, has released a teaser trailer ahead of its launch at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Produced by Huhu Studios and China Film Animation, the USD$20 million fantasy-adventure explores some fairly dark and complex themes for a family film. Per the synopsis:
What if an animal working under oppressive circumstances could suddenly stand upright and rebel against his master? Thoriphants are pack animals, living an arduous life under the oppression of their cruel owners. But one family discovers an ancient secret that turns their world inside out. Thoriphants were not always four footed. They once walked upright and had hands. What caused this devolution? Do the uprights still exist? Courageous Mosley sets out to find their ancient city, but will a hired bounty hunter find him first? Mosley and his adorable son Rue must learn to face their fears and unlock the secret magic that can transform them into powerful uprights.
The film is written and directed by industry veteran Kirby Atkins, who has put in time at Laika and Weta Digital, and has also directed episodes of the Nick series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.