Locksmith Animation’s debut delivers good laughs and timely social commentary, say critics.
The British-made film from Disney’s 20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation will get a festival launch in London.
Otto served as head of character animation on Dreamworks’s “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy.
Meanwhile, Locksmith co-founder Sarah Smith is leaving the studio.
The film will be released in October.
Locksmith aims to rival U.S. animation studios with high-end cg family features.
Locksmith will create a second pipeline of animated features made in the U.K. to complement Fox’s existing series of Blue Sky animated features.
There are big developments in the UK animation industry in the wake of a much-heralded tax break received by the British animation industry that went into effect last year. Sarah Smith, the former creative director of features at Aardman Animations, is setting up a studio named Locksmith Animation. She bills it as the UK’s “first high-end CGI feature animation studio,” and it is focused on creating a long-term slate of films for worldwide distribution.