Astro-Nomical Entertainment Launches, Developing 'Mean Margaret' Movie

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The company is developing their first project, 'Mean Margaret,' with 'Mulan' co-director Barry Cook in talks to helm.

Two animation veterans, Jay Ahn and Chris Henderson, have launched the full-service animation production company Astro-Nomical Entertainment.

The Burbank-based company will focus on producing mid-budget family animated features, parlaying the properties into continued media, including TV shows, video games and mobile content. It will focus on both domestic and international markets, with a special emphasis on China.

Astro-Nomical is already developing its first project, an animated feature film, Mean Margaret, with Mulan co-director Barry Cook in talks to helm. Based on the Tor Seidler children's book of the same name, Mean Margaret will center on a cranky toddler who is being raised by two kind-hearted woodchucks. 

Ahn and Henderson will produce the film, with production responsibility falling on Montreal-based Digital Dimension.

Ahn is one of the founders of ToonBox Entertainment, where he served as co-president and CEO for three years. During his time at ToonBox, he executive produced The Nut Job, which starred Will Arnett and Liam Neeson and grossed $120 million at the international box office.  

Henderson worked for a long time at Walt Disney TV Animation, serving as a showrunner on the series 101 Dalmatians and Hercules. He was then tapped to produce animated DVD releases, including Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 and the sequel to Peter Pan, Return to Never Land.

“With our experience and relationships we can maximize the investment in all stages — from development and strong storytelling through physical production," said Henderson. "We’re in a golden age of animation right now. It’s the right time to bring these films to market.”

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