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Renegade Animation & Robert Zappia to Deliver Santa Animated Feature

Renegade Animation embarks on its own first feature, partnered with writer/director Robert Zappia to produce an animated, holiday-themed feature film, WHO STOLE SANTAS SACK? for release in late 2006. Carole Ann Zappia and two-time Emmy winner Marco Zappia will exec produce through Easy To Dream Ent.

The Christmas tale Robert Zappia scripted a childhood story told by his father, includes Kathy Bates, Ed Asner, Shirley Jones, Andy Griffith, Norm Macdonald, Brad Garrett, Colin Ford and Daniel Roebuck with Jay Leno narrating. Newcomer Madison Davenport stars as Sophiana.

Jim Praytor is producing with Roebuck serving as co-producer. Renegades Darrell Van Citters will direct the animation, Ashley Postlewaite is animation exec producer and Mike Giaimo is production designer on the film that will be a combination of Flash and classic 2D animation.

Renegade Animation, which has won numerous awards for its work in television and commercials. It is currently best known as the producer of the popular Cartoon Network series, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI.

Robert Zappia wrote for the television series HOME IMPROVEMENT and is the writer/exec producer of the SciFi Network original miniseries, 5IVE DAYS TO MIDNIGHT, starring Timothy Hutton and Randy Quaid. He was also the writer of the feature HALLOWEEN: H20, starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Additionally, he has been a writer for Universal Television, Warner Bros. Studios and 20th Century Fox Studios.

Glendale, California-based Renegade Animation (www.renegadeanimation.com) was founded in 1992 by Van Citters and Postlewaite. In addition to its work in episodic television, the company produces animation for television commercials, home video, videogames and other media. The company earned an Annie Award for its popular Internet series, ELMO AARDVARK: OUTER SPACE DETECTIVE!