Original Force, one of China’s most successful animation studios, has launched a new U.S. based motion picture division and has announced the production of its first three animated features. Harley Zhao, President and Founder of Original Force publicly unveiled the features last night at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles.
Original Force has opened an office in Culver City and has recruited industry veteran’s Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox (formerly of DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation) to run production and development. Rabins and Finkelman Cox are co-presidents of the new entity. The company seeks to release a major CG feature approximately every 18 months.
First out of the gate will be Duck Duck Goose, directed by Chis Jenkins (Home). The film concerns a free-wheeling goose named Peng, who is saddled with two wide-eyed orphan ducks whom Peng needs to avoid a deadly cat and get back to his flock.
Original Force is also in production on QQ Speed – a co-production with Tencent Holding Limited, based on a popular racing game in China. Directed by John Eng (Rugrats Go Wild), the film concerns a brother-and-sister racing team who risk everything to protect a family legacy.
Bob Bendetson (The Simpsons) is directing and co-writing Oldzilla, a parody of kaiju and assorted vintage monster movie cliches. In addition to the three in active production, other films announced in development include Where The Mountain Meets The Moon based on the Newberry Honor Book by Grace Lin; and Riding Giants by Greg Johnson.
Original Force also has Rachet and Clank, a co-production with CNHK, Rainmaker Studiods and Blockade – based on the popular Sony Playstation game, in production. Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone and Bella Thorne are doing voices.
Marketing expert Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal and MGM, is consulting with Original Force on the launch of their initial releases.