The same day that Walt Disney Feature Animation officially declared the closing of its Florida unit, saying goodbye for the moment to traditional animation, it strengthened its 3D commitment by announcing the addition of A DAY WITH WILBUR ROBINSON to its production slate. Based on the best-selling book by William Joyce, whose ROBOTS is already in production at Fox's Blue Sky Studios, A DAY IN THE LIFE will be exec produced by Clark Spencer (LILO & STITCH) and produced by Disney animation veteran Dorothy Mc Kim. Steve Anderson (head of story on THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE and BROTHER BEAR) is set to direct. Animation will begin in June for a 2006 release. Disney is already in production on CHICKEN LITTLE for a 2005 release.
The fantastic world of Joyce's beloved 1990 book, A DAY WITH WILBUR ROBINSON, follows one fateful day in the life of a boy-genius who creates a mysterious machine with one fantastic purpose -- to recover the lost memory of the past. What he unlocks instead is time itself, and a visit with a future, a family and a world whose survival all depends upon him.
Commenting on the announcement, Disney Feature Animation president David Stainton said, "William Joyce's charming and funny book has everything you could possibly want in an animated film and offers our animation team a rich world of possibilities. Our goal at Disney is to tell great stories and to take full advantage of the medium, and A DAY WITH WILBUR ROBINSON gives us a chance to do both."
Acclaimed illustrator/author Joyce has previously been associated with Disney on the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel series, ROLIE POLIE OLIE, which has earned kudos during its five year run.