John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy board AMBI Pictures’ 3D CGI animated family film ‘Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad,’ directed by veteran animator Dimos Vrysellas.
Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy will all lend their voices for the film, directed by veteran animator Dimos Vrysellas, who has worked on animation hits such as Shark Tale, The Prince of Egypt, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
AMBI Group Principals Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi are producing this feature through their Toronto based studio, AIC Movie Inc., the holding company of a group of Canadian corporations specializing in production, post production executive production and distribution of animated projects, as well as live-action films and television programs.
Cal Brunker, animator for hits such as Despicable Me and Ice Age 4, and Bob Barlen (Escape from Planet Earth) co-wrote the screenplay.
AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is overseeing worldwide distribution for Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, and will begin closing deals in Cannes next week.
When the sinister Doc Walrus (voiced by John Cleese) hatches a secret plot to accelerate global warming and melt the arctic circle, a rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes (voiced by Franco, Baldwin, Huston, Klum and Sy) must come together to foil his evil plans and save the arctic.
“Having had the pleasure of working with several of these immensely talented actors we know we will have a lot of fun making this movie, which will resonate on the screen,” Iervolino said. “This will be a brilliant animated feature that is hugely enjoyable for kids, grownups and everyone in between. There is something for everyone here and we’re proud that it also delivers an environmental message that everyone can get behind!”
“There is a strong market demand for high quality animated family films and we have ambitions to be a major player in this space, starting with ‘Arctic Justice,’ adds Lady Monika. “There is so much to love about this project -- it’s a perfect story to be realized though CGI animation -- and in 3D. This is a defining project for AMBI and we’re very excited to move forward with it.”
Here’s the synopsis:
Swifty, an arctic fox, dreams of becoming one the famous Top Dogs, a team of huskies that deliver packages for the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. In the Arctic, everything comes from somewhere else and the delivery service is the backbone of the community. Which make the Top Dogs the Arctic’s every day heroes.
In an effort to prove himself, Swifty secretly commandeers a delivery sled to takes a mysterious package to a secret, icy, fortress where he comes face to face with Doc Walrus (John Cleese), a blubbery evil genius who walks around on robotic legs, and commands a loyal army of oddly polite puffins. Swifty stumbles upon Doc Walrus’ evil plan to drill to the center of the Earth to unleash enough lava to melt the polar ice caps in order to flood the planet and become be king of the world.
Now, Swifty has to enlist the help of his friends: PB (Alec Baldwin), an introverted polar bear, Lemmy (James Franco), a scatter-brained rock and roll albatross, Sal (Omar Sy) and Weez (Heidi Klum), two conspiracy theorist otters, and Jade, a red fox, who’s a tough as nails mechanic that Swifty has a secret crush on. This ragtag team has to band together and overcome their differences if they’re going to stop Doc Walrus and his army of Puffins from destroying the world.
Source: AMBI Group