CATEGORIES Animation, Independent, Casting, Family Films, Newsstand, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalRenegade Animation, known to observant cartoon-watchers everywhere as the production company behind the slightly insane Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, are moving into movies with a feature called Who Stole Santa's Sack? (which will hopefully be renamed, because right now it sounds sort of gross). The movie will be flash animated, and will be independently produced with a budget of under $10 million. Despite the low cost, however, the vocal cast is packed with big(ish) names, including Ed Asner, Norm MacDonald, Brad Garrett, Shirley Jones, and Kathy Bates.
The project will be helmed by writer Robert Zappia, who based his screenplay on a story his dad told him when he was a kid. Aw. If I made that movie, it would feature a giant mole named Moberly and his friend Ezekiel, the enormous praying mantis. Any takers? Zappia's experience - which is totally free of animated or child-focused projects - is mostly on TV, though he did write, um, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.