NZ-China Animated Co-Production Mosley Premieres
The first teaser-trailer for BFG animator Kirby Atkins’ Mosley has been unveiled. The animated family film is the first co-production between New Zealand and China.
The film, which premiered at the European Film Market in Berlin on 7 February, is made by New Zealand’s Huhu Studios and China Film Animation.
Mosley follows the eponymous hero and his family of four-legged “Thoriphants,” intelligent creatures with the ability to speak like humans but that have been cursed to live a life of servitude. In an attempt to free his family, Mosley embarks on a perilous journey to find the mythical land of Kinesareth.
The feature’s voice cast includes Rhys Darby (Trolls), John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings), Temuera Morrison (Aquaman) and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess).
Mosley marks Atkins’ feature debut. He previously worked on the animation for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG and The Smurfs 2.
“It’s a visually stunning movie, and I’ve been in awe of the collaborative work of artists in New Zealand and China,” producer Daniel Story said. “The film has scope and power and can easily stand alongside any big studio project. I think we’re about to break the rules for what an animated feature film can do in the independent space.”
Original article by Elsa Keslassy, Variety, January 24, 2019.