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A Studio Digital’s ‘BurgerWorld’ to Debut at Sundance 2023

Maddie Brewer's 2D animated short, from Bento Box and FOX Digital, tells the story of two fast-food workers who accidentally discover a portal to another realm… a ‘burger’ world where big meat oppresses the vegetable populace.

BurgerWorld, an animated short from director/writer/illustrator Maddie Brewer, will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this Sunday, January 22nd, at 8:00pm at the Park Avenue Theatre. BurgerWorld follows two co-workers at a derelict fast-food franchise who accidentally discover a yonic meat portal to another realm — a “burger” world, wherein they’re the only ones who can liberate an oppressed vegetable populace from the all-controlling hand of big meat.

BurgerWorld is produced by Domitille Adebimpe Collardey, Joseph Carnegie and Sierra Martin-Persi, and comes from A Studio Digital, a division of Bento Box Entertainment, FOX Entertainment’s Emmy Award winning animation studio, and FOX Digital. The studio, which soft-launched last year, serves as a steppingstone and support system for undiscovered talent representing new, innovative, and diverse animation and stories that originate on digital platforms.

Regarding the premiere, Brewer said, "Wow, I can’t believe BurgerWorld is premiering at Sundance, what an honor! Burgerworld will be public domain in the year 2118; make sure you tell your great-grandchildren to start brainstorming ideas for the reboot!"

“This is an exciting milestone for Bento Box and A Studio Digital,” added Ben Jones, Creative Director of Bento Box Entertainment.  “Maddie is a rising star and BurgerWorld is a captivating short that speaks to everything we want to do with A Studio – identify undiscovered animation talent whose work deserves to be seen and work with them to bring their vision to light.  We are honored to be a part of this film’s genesis and its much-deserved world premiere at Sundance.”

Brewer is a director, writer, and illustrator known for creating strange, unsettling, funny worlds. She aims to create films and comics within a modern surrealist canon that don’t take themselves too seriously. She grew up in Chicago, a couple of blocks from Wrigley Field, and now she lives in Los Angeles. She is represented by Fourth Wall Management.

A Studio Digital posts original animated shorts daily on TikTok, where it has amassed nearly 600,000 followers and generated more than 58 million views across all of its content.  Each short is produced in less than a month, during which the creator pitches and produces their content under the supervision of A Studio Digital’s creative team.  The shorts are written, designed animated and largely voice acted by each artist. 

Source: FOX Entertainment

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