Israel's Animation Lab has added seven veteran animators and storytellers to its first feature film, THE WILD BUNCH (working title).
Joining the film's director Alex Williams and its producer Jim Ballantine in the studio's Jerusalem headquarters will be seasoned animation veterans Barry Cook (MULAN, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, LITTLE MERMAID), Daniel Cacouault (SHREK, CORPSE BRIDE, ROAD TO EL DORADO), Woody Woodman (MULAN, LILO & STITCH, BROTHER BEAR), Monty Kimball (SHREK I & II, THE SIMPSONS, ANTZ) Dan Forte (BEE MOVIE, SHARK TALE, STUART LITTLE, FLUSHED AWAY) and Louis-Philip Vermette (LEGEND OF SECRET PASS). In addition, Barry Jackson (SHREK, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, ANT BULLY) worked from the U.S. on behalf of the film where he developed many of the initial character designs.
"Together these individuals have contributed to the development of some of the entertainment industry's most successful animated films," said the film's Exec Producer Douglas Wood.
Ayelet Weinerman, President of Animation Lab, added, "We believe their collective passion and combined talent will thrive in the environment we've established and that it will be represented in the creative work being produced in the film."
Based on a script by MULAN and POCAHONTAS writer Philip LaZebnik, the story is a comedy adventure dealing with the controversial topic of genetically modified crops, where a group of evildoing genetically modified cornstalks attack another group of common wildflowers that are determined to defend their meadow home.
Based in Jerusalem and Los Angeles, Animation Lab combines CG technology and interactive digital media to produce animated feature films and ancillary branded content for the international family audience. The studio's mid-range budgeted features are being financed by a group of international venture funds led by the Chairman and Founder of Animation Lab, Erel Margalit, Managing Partner of JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners).