Sony Animation’s “first Christmas” cartoon has a new title

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Sony Animation unveiled its slate for the next two years today, announcing release dates for Hotel Transylvania 3, an animated Spider-Man movie, and more. Along the way, they also revealed that The Lamb, their “faith-based” animated take on the Nativity featuring “an all-animal cast”, has a new working title: The Star.

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Faith-based animated Christmas film gets a release date

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Sony Pictures Entertainment set release dates for 16 of their upcoming films today, and one of them happens to be The Lamb, an animated take on the Nativity told from the point of view of the animals. It is due to come out on December 8, 2017.

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Oscar nominee Tim Reckart to direct The Lamb for Sony

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Tim Reckart — who was nominated for an Oscar two years ago for his short film Head Over Heels, about a husband and wife who have grown so far apart that one of them now lives on the floor while the other one lives on the ceiling — has been tapped to direct The Lamb for Sony Pictures Animation, it was reported today by Variety.

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That studio that made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is now working on an animated movie about the first Christmas

devonfranklinSony Pictures has had some success this year with “faith-based” films such as Moms’ Night Out, When the Game Stands Tall and Heaven Is for Real. Now their animation division is getting in on the action.

The Wrap reports that Sony Pictures Animation — the company responsible for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania — is teaming up with DeVon Franklin, a preacher and former Sony executive who now heads his own production company, to develop The Lamb, an animated version of the Nativity story featuring “an all-animal cast.”

If the film does get made, it would be only the second Bible-themed animated feature to be made by a major studio, following The Prince of Egypt, which was produced by DreamWorks in 1998 — though the independently-produced Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie also got a wide release in 2002.

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