Unbelievable. As if the market was not already glutted with Noah’s Ark cartoons, we now have Rock the Boat. Reports Variety:
Gaumont is getting into 3-D animation with the $35 million feature “Rock the Boat,” a two-minute clip of which will preem at next week’s American Film Market.
The Gallic major is bidding to secure a U.S. deal before casting English language thesps to voice the film early next year.
Tale, being pitched as “Some Like it Hot” set on Noah’s Ark, is about a cheetah and a porcupine forced to disguise themselves as other creatures to qualify for a place on the Ark.
Gaumont’s Franck Chorot is producing, with Fabien Suarez and Andre Bessy, first-time helmers, co-directing from an original script by Suarez.
The entirely French-made film has been in production for the past 10 months and is slated for delivery by September 2009, ahead of a Christmas release in France. The French f/x company MacGuff Ligne will handle physical production of the film. . . .
Here are the other recently-released or currently-in-development Noah’s Ark cartoons I have mentioned over the past month:
- El Arca, which came out in Argentina this past summer.
- Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning, which Promenade Pictures is already producing from a script by Ed Naha.
- Noah’s Ark, which Unified Pictures plans to produce from a script by Philip LaZebnik.
If you know of any others, by all means, let me know.
OCT 26 UPDATE: Matt Page at the Bible Films Blog has discovered a promo pic for this film at the Gaumont website. It depicts what seems to be an ape holding a pictorial checklist — a gimmick we saw several years ago in Walt Disney’s Fantasia 2000 (1999).