Glee star Chris Colfer and Ron Perlman will voice Marza Animation Planet’s Robodog, while UK-based Timeless Films will handle international sales.
Directed by Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little), the project is currently in pre-production with voice work to start on February 1.
It marks the first original 3D CG animated film from Marza, a Tokyo and US-based production company owned by Sega Sammy.
Timeless Films, founded by industry veteran Ralph Kamp, will start sales on the project at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Colfer is best known for his role in the Fox TV series Glee and also wrote and starred in Brian Dannelly’s Struck By Lightning. Perlman has voiced characters in Tangled and Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, and also starred in Hellboy and Pacific Rim.
Written by Robert Reece and William Schneider, Robodog is produed by Paul Wang and will be edited by Tom Finan (Mr Peabody & Sherman).
The family adventure revolves around a bright, energetic but over-zealous robotic dog and his grumpy old “real” dog friend who is set in his ways and has little patience for anything new.
“We are absolutely ecstatic that Chris has chosen Robodog as his first foray into animation,” said Marza, CEO Masanao Maeda.
“Coupled with Ron’s extraordinary voiceover work, the duo’s talent will make for great chemistry onscreen.
“Timeless Films is by far the perfect fit for the project due to their expertise in both producing and selling animated films overseas”