EXCLUSIVE: Animation veterans Phillip Lipsky and Jorgen Lerdam co-direct the adaptation of popular children’s book.

The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

LevelK has boarded 2D animation The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear.

Phillip Lipsky (Ronal The Barbarian) and Jørgen Lerdam (Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure) direct.

Bo hr. Hansen has adapted the script from Jakob Martin Strid’s children’s book of the same name, which has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been published in eight languages.

The story is about a cat named Mitcho and an elephant named Sebastian, living in the idyllic village of Solby, who go on a great journey to find the missing mayor and uncover the titular giant fruit.

The film is in production now for Nordisk and Danish animation powerhouse A Film. Thomas Heinesen and Trine Heidegaard produce and Henrik Zein & Malene Ehlers serve as executive producers.

Backers for the $3.4m project include the Danish Film Institute, NFTVF and DR.

LevelK’s EFM slate also includes Puk Grasten’s completed feature debut 37, inspired by the infamous true story the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese in New York; and Luke Shanahan’s Australian psychological thriller Rabbit, now in pre-production.