Chinese animation studio, Original Force Animation, is building a new facility in Los Angeles and is making their first feature film there.
In the spirit of the Super Smash Bros. games, let me start this off by saying: WARNING: NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHES!!!
That’s right, there’s a new competitor in the animation industry and this one originated all the way from China. The Chinese studio, Original Force Animation, announced they will set up a new shop in Los Angeles to make some animated features. They even got an idea for their first movie called Duck Duck Goose, which will be directed by the producer of DreamWorks’ Home, Chris Jenkins, and he will also write it along side Rob Muir, who previously wrote Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.
Running the new animation studio will be industry veterans Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox, whom before were the heads of other animation studios during their beginnings, including DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation. It is thanks to these two that they built up the studios to become what they are today while they were releasing films like DreamWorks’ Antz, The Prince of Egypt and Shrek and Sony’s Open Season and Surf’s Up.
Not only has the studio begun working on its first movie, but it also pledged that it will produce one animated feature every 18 months and already has more ideas they would want to turn into features, including Oldzilla and QQ Speed.
Despite being new to the realm of the American animation industry, Original Force has always made a name for itself in its homeland of China. They helped DreamWorks on the animation for the TV series Dragons: Riders of Berk, are currently working on the animation of the upcoming Ratchet and Clank movie, and did the animation and effects on some big-name video games, including Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends, and The Sims 3.
There is no official word yet regarding when the new L.A. studio will open or when Duck Duck Goose will be released, but we’ll see how this new studio competes against the big name animation studios like Disney, Pixar, Illumination and DreamWorks.
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