Grammy Award-winning artist will executive produce the soundtrack; film follows a coati, butterfly, and glass frog as they work to stop a wicked snake from destroying their homeland.
Grammy Award-winning artist Marc Anthony and his Magnus Studios team are partnering with Sofia Vergara on her new animated feature comedy, Koati. Produced by Upstairs Animation, Latin WE Productions, and Los Hijos de Jack, the film follows three unlikely heroes: Nachi, a free-spirited coati; Xochi, a fearless monarch butterfly; and Pako, a hyperactive glass frog, as they embark on an adventure to stop a wicked coral snake Zaina (Vergara) from destroying their homeland and friends.
The soundtrack includes 10 original songs performed by notable names in Latin music; it will be released on the Magnus/Sony Music Latin labels and distributed by Sony Music Latin worldwide. Anthony will executive produce, and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Julio Reyes Copello will produce.
“I am thrilled to join Sofia in a project where for the first time a renowned team of Hispanic producers, music stars, comedians, and actors come together outside of Hollywood to create an animated movie set up in the Latin American rainforests, which I feel is really exciting and long overdue,” said Anthony. “I will leave no stone unturned on the music being authentic and celebrating the amazing story and message of Koati. It’s time to show the world and share what we Latinos have been enjoying for years in a very fun, inspirational film.”
Vergara notes, “Koati is a beautiful, animated film full of fun and exotic characters that will make you laugh and also touch your heart. I couldn’t dream of a better partner than Marc Anthony to bring this project to life with authentic and powerful Latin American music. Our team is very proud to finally share Koati with families around the world very soon!”
The film was developed by producer/creator Anabella Dovarganes-Sosa, executive producer/chief story consultant Melissa Escobar, and executive producer and lead actress Vergara; the three long-time partners originally hail from Venezuela and Colombia. Luis Balaguer (Latin WE) and Felipe Pimiento (Magnus Studios) will also serve as executive producers.
Latin American talent involved in the project includes director Rodrigo Pérez-Castro (story artist on Ferdinand and Rio 2), production designer and visual development artist Simón Varela (Book of Life, Finding Nemo), writer and cultural consultant Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon, Coco), and producer Reyes Copello, who also composed the film’s score.
Produced simultaneously in both English and Spanish, the cast includes the voices of Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel), Joe Manganiello (Justice League), Eduardo Franco (Stranger Things, Booksmart) and two young World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ambassadors in main roles actors/musicians Evaluna Montaner (Club 57), and Sebastián Villalobos (Soy Luna) amongst other surprise cameos from renowned international actors and musicians.
UK production company Timeless Films will handle films sales.
Source: Latin WE Productions