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Monster Dist. Books Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

Monster Distributes has picked up international distribution rights to another big Annecy winner, THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO, and will be launching the short feature film at MIPCOM Junior.

Funded by the AFC, Film Vic and SBS Independent, animator Anthony Lucas JASPER MORELLO won the top honor at the festival, the Grand Prix award le Cristal DAnnecy, out of the 1,709 films that were entered.

The film has also been honored at the Canadian Film Centres Worldwide Short Film Festival, receiving The C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Award for Best Animated Short Film; Best Animation at Flickerfest 2005; Best Animation at the Sydney Film Festival Dendy awards and Best Animation at Toronto worldwide shorts.

THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO is a 26-minute short feature epic made in a unique style of silhouette animation developed by director Lucas in Australia. It features the voices of Joel Edgerton (STAR WARS-EP3, KING ARTHUR), Helmut Bakaitis (MATRIX 2), Tommy Dysart and Jude Beaumont. This is the first of a proposed trilogy of short features chronicling the remarkable voyages of Jasper Morello, aeronaut of the Third Royal Cartographers.

Inspired by the work of authors Edgar Alan Poe and Jules Verne, and set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who leaves his plague-ridden home on a dangerous voyage to redeem himself. There is also a touching underlying love story, in which Jasper is driven to desperate measures to save his wife. The script is by two-time Augie Award-winning writer, Mark Shirrefs and is produced by Susie Campbell and Julia Lucas.

Monsters growing catalog of award-winning animation also includes the 2003 Annecy success story and 2004 Oscar-winning animation HARVIE KRUMPET (from Australia), also a half-hour short feature from Adam Elliot, which Monster has now sold in most major territories; Brown Bags GIVE UP YER AUL SINS, nominated for an Oscar the previous year; Rory Bresnihans award-winning model animated special APE and many other shorts. Monster will also be introducing new interactive animated series, PICME, and IM AN ANIMAL at MIPCOM Junior, as well as JUNGLE BEAT, KIDS TEN COMMANDMENTS and BUGTIME ADVENTURES.

Monster Distributes (www.monsterdistributes.com) is an international distribution company, which finances and distributes TV series worldwide. Monster has sold programs to more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Dublin, tel. 353-1-2871167, it now has a U.S. office in Santa Monica, California, tel. (310) 576-0820.

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