Before heading to HBO Max, new animated series, a prequel to the famed 1984 movie, will debut at the festival, followed by a Q&A with director Joe Dante and EPs Tze Chun and Brendan Hay.
This June the streets of Annecy will play host not only to the famed Annecy International Animation Festival and the esteemed professionals that gather to celebrate animation’s creative and diverse styles and techniques, but to Gizmo and the mischievous Mogwai, who are set to run wild through the streets with the premiere of the Gremlins animated prequel series, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.
Episode 1 of the all-new show will have its world premiere at the Grande Salle de Bonlieu. Date and time of the screening are to be announced. Executive producers Tze Chun and Brendan Hay and director and consulting producer Joe Dante will be in attendance to participate in a post screening Q&A discussion covering the making of the highly anticipated HBO Max series.
In Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
The series is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios president Sam Register and Amblin Television presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producers. Chun serves as showrunner and executive producer. Hay serves as executive producer with Dan Krall serving as supervising producer.
Source: Warner Bros. Animation