Pitching the $ 11.9m (Euros 7.8m) project in development at last week's Cartoon Movie co-production forum, Toons 'n' Tales Filmproduktion's Sunita Struck added that the collaboration with France's Millimages planned to use the same co-production structure as for their Jasper - The Movie project by co-producing with animation studios from France and Romania. Development funding has already come from Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, with production due to begin next year.
Meanwhile, one of Cartoon Movie's most talked about projects, Copenhagen-based Crone Film's Sunshine Barry & The Disco Worms about an earthworm's dream to be the star of the world's greatest disco band, attracted Solveig Langeland's Sola Media as world sales agent and for the first time also as co-producer.
Directed by Thomas Borch Nielsen and featuring such disco classics as those made famous by the likes of The Trammps, Diana Ross and Wild Cherry, Sunshine Barry will be released throughout Scandinavia by Svensk Filmindustri this autumn and already has theatrical distribution in place for Russia and Poland.
In addition, another project in development presented at Cartoon Movie, Toby Genkel's The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams, was allocated the largest subsidy - $ 1.07m (Euros 700,000) - at the latest funding session of the German regional film fund Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung in Leipzig.
The co-production between Frankfurt's scopas medien, Halle-based MotionWorks and Douglas Welbat's Hamburg-based MovieCompany Film und Fernseh GmbH is set to go into production this summer in order to be able to tie in with the 50th anniversary celebrations of The Sandman children's TV series in winter 2009.
Billed as the first feature project by scopas medien, the film will be a combination of stop-motion, CGI animation and 15-20 minutes of live-action, the latter being produced by Welbat's company whose credits include the two 7 Dwarves films and the upcoming Romy Schneider biopic Eine Frau Wie Romy.