Feb 07 2008

Melusine Prods makes ‘Panic’

Published by at 09:58 under Misc. Luxembourg

Hip toon series “Panique au village” (A Town Called Panic) is generating a spinoff feature. Outside France and Belgium, international sales have been picked up by Philippe Bober‘s Paris-based the Coproduction Office, which handled the series.The movie retains the skein’s creative team, with Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar directing and Vincent Tabier and Philippe Kauffmann producing for Brussels-based La Parti Prodn.

“Panic” the movie is co-produced by France’s Made In and Gebeka Film, which handles French theatrical distribution, Luxembourg’s Melusine Prods., Flanders Beast Prods., Les Films du Grognon and pubcaster RTBF. Benoit Poelvoorde and Frederic Janin supply voices; French group Dionysos will compose the score.

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Hip toon series “Panique au village” (A Town Called Panic) is generating a spinoff feature. Outside France and Belgium, international sales have been picked up by Philippe Bober‘s Paris-based the Coproduction Office, which handled the series.The movie retains the skein’s creative team, with Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar directing and Vincent Tabier and Philippe Kauffmann producing for Brussels-based La Parti Prodn.

“Panic” the movie is co-produced by France’s Made In and Gebeka Film, which handles French theatrical distribution, Luxembourg’s Melusine Prods., Flanders Beast Prods., Les Films du Grognon and pubcaster RTBF. Benoit Poelvoorde and Frederic Janin supply voices; French group Dionysos will compose the score.

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  1. filmreakteron 07 Feb 2008 at 09:59

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117980323.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

    Toon ‘Panic’ heads to bigscreen
    Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar direct film

    By JOHN HOPEWELL, DAVID HAYHURST

    Hip toon series “Panique au village” (A Town Called Panic) is generating a spinoff feature. Outside France and Belgium, international sales have been picked up by Philippe Bober’s Paris-based the Coproduction Office, which handled the series.

    The movie retains the skein’s creative team, with Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar directing and Vincent Tabier and Philippe Kauffmann producing for Brussels-based La Parti Prodn.

    Produced at Brussels’ Beast Animation studios, pic boasts the same characters: the sensible, homely Horse; the none-too-bright Indian; and the witless Cowboy, who unfortunately prompt an earthquake in their village. Film, like the series, uses toys and stop-motion animation. But the style has evolved.

    “We still have a homemade feel to ‘Panic,’ but the lighting, decor and shot variety is much more sophisticated, and it’s not all so frantic as the series,” said La Parti’s Adriana Piasek-Wanski.

    “But more important is what is the same,” said Bober. “There’s a humor and imagination that satisfies the most hard-core audiences (the series was programmed by France’s Canal Plus in their shorts slot) and kids (Germany’s WDR programmed it in their kids’ slot) and absolutely everybody in between,” he added.

    The toon skein opens up with Cowboy, Indian and Horse traveling to the center of the Earth and North Pole in pursuit of hostile Atlantans.

    “Panic” the movie is co-produced by France’s Made In and Gebeka Film, which handles French theatrical distribution, Luxembourg’s Melusine Prods., Flanders Beast Prods., Les Films du Grognon and pubcaster RTBF. Benoit Poelvoorde and Frederic Janin supply voices; French group Dionysos will compose the score.

    “Panic” will be completed in spring 2009.

    The cult TV series has aired in more than 15 countries, including Australia (ABC), Korea (Kim Media), France (Canal Plus), Italy (RAI), Japan (TV Cartoon) and the U.S. and U.K. (Nickelodeon). Bober will introduce “Panic” to buyers at Berlin, showing one seg, “Les Voleurs de cartes,” which is related to the feature.

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