Following the discharge of its first animated function, Nimona, Annapurna Animation has introduced on director Nick Bruno and producer Julie Zackary to affix their inventive management staff whereas increasing its upcoming function slate to incorporate an adaptation of online game Stray, together with Foo, an unique title from Ice Age helmer and Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge.
Primarily based on ND Stevenson’s graphic novel of the identical title, Nimona started its life at Blue Sky, and moved to Annapurna after Disney shut down the manufacturing and studio following its acquisition of Fox, which owned the animation umbrella. Netflix launched the well-received Nimona in June.
Bruno — a Blue Sky alum, who made his directorial debut with Spies in Disguise — is already creating and directing an untitled unique function for the studio, whereas creating further originals. Zackary is becoming a member of the studio as head of animation manufacturing, having beforehand served as vp of manufacturing at Blue Sky and early vp of manufacturing administration at Sony Photos Imageworks. Earlier this 12 months, Blue Sky alum Erica Pulcini was named inventive govt for Annapurna Animation.
Stray, developed by BlueTwelve Studio and printed by Annapurna Interactive, follows the adventures of a stray cat. Along with Stray, plans name for diversifications of further titles from the Annapurna Interactive library.
The studio didn’t announce particulars about Wedge’s Foo. Whereas at Blue Sky, Wedge gained an Oscar for the shifting animated brief Bunny.
Annapurna launched its animation division final December, led by Robert Baird and Andrew Millstein.