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Cheech and Chong's Smokin' Animated Movie Puffs Along

Music mogul Lou Adler has licensed the animated movie rights to the library of Cheech and Chong comedy recordings to Big Vision Ent., an independent licensee, producer and DVD label for special interest programming and Chambers Bros. Ent., a television and animation production company.

The exclusive worldwide production and distribution agreement includes all theatrical, television, home video and digital rights to create an animated movie based on the "pot culture" comics' most famous comedy bits. Eric and Branden Chambers are directing the animation. Project will be produced by Houston Curtis of Big Vision, along with Keith, Branden and Eric Chambers of Chambers Bros. Ent., who created the concept. In addition, Adler, Curtis and the Chambers Bros. will serve as exec producers. Project will be completely financed by Big Vision Ent.

Houston Curtis, Founder and CEO of Big Vision said, "While our expertise in both the television and home video space give us supreme confidence that CHEECH AND CHONG'S SMOKIN' ANIMATED MOVIE will be a huge success in those markets, we are also excited about exploring the possibilities of a theatrical release."

Sales for DVD, digital and television will be handled through Big Vision's TV and home video arm, which currently has distribution for more than 100 titles throughout the U.S. and around the world.

"We feel that Cheech and Chong's special brand of comedy appeals to multiple generations," said Eric Chambers, partner of Chambers Bros. Ent. "By lending a unique animation style to these classic and timeless bits, we are able to transform the comedy into something fresh, exciting and even more hilarious than ever before."

"It's great to be doing a movie where Cheech and I never have to get out of bed or be on-camera," said Tommy Chong. "The fans have already shown us they love the material, and the animated bits play funnier by being able to see the character reactions. I highly suggest watching it while smoking a big fattie!"

"During this age of feature animation everywhere, it's about time that we got animated because we've been doing animation without the animation for years" said Cheech Marin, "Whether you watch it smokin' a fattie or stone cold sober, it's just plain funny!"

Updates and info about the project will be available at