Germany's Arri and Trixter Form Animation Alliance

3:19 AM PST 03/11/2013 by Scott Roxborough

The first joint project of the cinema tech giant and cartoon producer will be family feature "Ploe."

COLOGNE, Germany - Cinematography technology group Arri, maker of Arriflex cameras, has formed a production and sales alliance with Munich-based animation group Trixter that will see the two companies co-produce and sell animated features for the international market.

The first production under the new alliance will be Ploe - You'll Never Fly Alone, a family-friendly feature about a young golden plover. Arri and Trixter have joined the feature, developed by Icelandic group GunHil (Legends of Valhalla - Thor) as co-producers. Arri will handle world sales on the project, which will be pitched to buyers in Cannes in May.

Iceland's Arni Olafur Asgeirsson (Undercurrent) will direct Ploe which is expected to begin production in 2014 for a late 2015 delivery date.

The cooperation between Arri and Trixter will extend beyond co-productions, with the two companies also cooperating as service providers on third-party projects. Arri has extensive post-production facilities, as does Trixter with operations in Munich, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Trixter is an established producer of animated and family features in Germany. Its credits include the successful local-language live action franchise Lilly The Witch and the French-German animated co-production Dragon Hunters (2008).

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