In a wide-ranging conversation, Appelhans explains why he ended up making the feature in China, rather than through the U.S. studio system, and reflects on what it means to be an American telling a story rooted in Chinese culture.
This weekend, animated films topped the box office in many major territories with a functioning theatrical sector.
The film will be the first to come out as part of Sony Pictures Animation’s new international initiative.
Highlights: Three original works from Disney and Pixar, Apple’s entry into the animated features arena, and China’s growing role in international co-productions.
Genndy Tartakovsky features and a new “Boondocks” series are part of Sony’s new alternative animation division.
If you thought 2018 was a big year for animated features, just wait until 2019.
The Chinese/American co-production is aiming for a 2019 launch.