Thru the Moebius Strip
Date: TBA 2005 (wide) (or possibly limited release in IMAX theaters)
World Premiere Notes: (2/16/04) The producers are hoping to stage the world premiere of this movie in Paris. Previous targets for that premiere have been the summer of 2003 and the spring of 2004. Sometime in the fall of 2004 or sometime in 2005 now appears likely.
IMAX Note: In addition to a traditional theatrical release, there may also be a special release to IMAX theaters.
Distributor: Currently seeking distribution in the USA.
Distributor Note: (6/16/01) Frank Foster left a Senior VP position at Sony Pictures ImageWorks to work on this film, so it's possible Sony may have a chance at a "first look" deal for this film. (2/16/04) Senator International recently signed on to handle the sale of the international distribution rights (which in this case includes the U.S.) for this movie.
Production Company: GDC Entertainment (AKA Global Digital Creations), Brummbaer
Animation: 3D Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)
Cast: (voices) Mark Hamill, Christ Marquette, Michael Dorn, Kellie Martin, Jean Simmons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas; other cast not announced yet.
Director: Frank Foster (dramatic debut; he directed the 1999 documentary, The Story of Computer Graphics; supervised the CGI work in Johnny Mnemonic and The Craft)
Production Designer: Jean "Moebius" Giraud (Tron; he's also working as conceptual artist on Rendezvous with Rama)
Screenwriter: James Cox (Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest; cowriter of The Rescuers Down Under, Oliver & Company)
Based Upon: A story idea by Jean "Moebius" Giraud, renowned for his graphic novels and sci-fi art (a stalwart of Heavy Metal). This is an original concept not based on one of Giraud's books.
What's a Moebius Strip?: A Moebius Strip is a loop that twists back in on itself, with only one surface and one edge. You can make one by taking a strip of paper, twisting it once, and gluing the ends together.
Premise: Described as an intergalactic take on Jack and the Beanstalk, this is the story of physicist Simon Weir, who becomes lost and trapped in a space-time portal he created. Eight years later, his son, Jac Weir, must search for him through a myriad number of planets, filled with wondrous sights and often gigantic beings. Once finding his father, Jac discovers that part of the "rescue" process is going to involve helping his father's giant alien friend regain his throne.
Filming: Computer animation production started in March, 2001 in Shenzhen, China, by a crew of 150 animators. The animation is based upon over 400 sketches by Girard, who personally supervises the entire production from Paris. The animation budget is $8 million. (2/16/04) The project is currently in postproduction, which is expected to wrap up sometime later this year.
Genre: Animated, Eye Candy, Science Fiction
Articles About the Project: 3DGate.com (extensive interview with Moebius and Foster, along with concept art), Millimeter.com, Animation World Magazine
Official Production Company Site: GDC Entertainment
Official Site: MoebiusStrip.net
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