Earlier this year we reported at AICN that Paul Alvarado-Dykstra and Samantha Inoue-Harte, and their production company Animetropolis would be starting work on an animated film adaptation of Tad Williams' TAILCHASER'S SONG. The book is a fantasy with cats as the characters, a bit like WATERSHIP DOWN but a bit more epic in scale. Now comes word that they have partnered with International Digital Artists for co-production and as lead animators for the project. You may know IDA from CAT SHIT ONE, the action-packed animated series about a hostage rescue team made up of fluffy bunny rabbits. IDA is the first Japanese studio ever nominated for a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for animation for CAT SHIT ONE. Here's a trailer (it starts after about a minute):
I love the animation, and I think IDA is suited to bring Tad Williams' book to the screen. If you haven't read TAILCHASER'S SONG, I recommend it - it's a terrific read, and for those of us who are cat lovers, it just confirms how awesome cats are.
And courtesy of Animetropolis, here's some exclusive concept art from Matt Rhodes of some of the characters - Pouncequick, Rikchikchik, and Fritti Tailchaser. Thanks to Animetropolis for sharing and can't wait to see more from the film.
If you're in Los Angeles, you also might be interested to know that IDA’s CAT SHIT ONE is screening Saturday, November 12, at 11:40am at the Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland as part of the L.A. EigaFest Animated Shorts Program. It's free but seats are limited!