Aron Warner, best known as the Oscar-winning producer of Shrek (and its suites), is teaming up with Mexican animation house Huevocartoon Studios on a new feature, The Alebrujes, which is presented to buyers in Cannes by Sydney-based company Odin’s Eye Animation.
Production on the 3D film – which is co-directed by award-winning siblings Ariel Rodolfo and Gabriel Riva Palacio from their own screenplay, co-written by Carlos Kotkin (Rio 2) – will focus on Huevocartoon, which is responsible for repeated local box office successes with their Huevos saga animations.
The Alebrujes follows Pedro, an orphan who is unwittingly given a legendary box containing an ancient race of creatures. Alongside his magical companion Puca, Pedro and the other children of the orphanage embark on a journey to discover their long-lost families, battling the greedy Vasco who calls on the creatures to do his bidding.
“Working with the Huevocartoon team has been an amazing experience,” said Warner, whose other credits include Book of life and Wish dragon. “They have built a first class CG animation studio and are attracting top talent from all over the world. I have enormous confidence in their ability to produce a film that not only looks great, but is also full of heart and humor. “
Directors Rodolfo and Gabriel Riva Palacio said the creatures in the film were inspired by traditional Mexican folk art.
“They are chimerical creatures that everyone has a magical bond with and when summoned they will come to our aid,” they said. “However, when a moody person gains such power, it will often take a brave group of unlikely friends to come together to defeat the powers of evil.”