Paris — In a pioneering animation deal, France’s Ankama, whose second animated feature, “Mutafukaz,” screens at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous on Saturday, is linking to China’s Benlai Pictures
to co-produce “Old Street,” an animated movie based on the Chinese comic book by Nie Jun.
Founded in 2015 and with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Benlai Pictures is dedicated to providing high-quality animation content for both Chinese and international audiences.
The development is being put through Ankama’s production-distribution subsidiary, Planet Nemo. Made in 2D, and drawing on Nie Jun’s watercolor pictorial style, which is not that far from French-language illustrated children’s books, “Old Street” turns on the cross-generation relationship between a man and his grand-daughter, set in an old part of Beijing, which gives the story a retro attraction.
Playing off an IP which has demonstrated international appeal – the comic book has been published in France by Gallimard
as “Les Conrss de al Ruelle,” and in , “Old