Animation Vets Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Ink First-Look Deal With Twentieth Century Fox

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Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima

The 'Twas Entertainment principals will produce live-action, hybrid and animated films for the Hollywood studio, with 'The Cartoon Touch' as their first project.

Oscar-winning animation director Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima of 'Twas Entertainment have signed a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid and animated films.

Chapman was the first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio, having written and directed Pixar's Brave, winner of the best animated feature Oscar in 2013. Her other credits include The Prince of Egypt, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Lima directed the live-action/animation hybrid Enchanted, starring Amy Adams, as well as A Goofy Movie and Tarzan for Disney. Lima’s other credits include 102 Dalmatians, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

The first title from their studio partnership is the Fox Family project The Cartoon Touch, which Chapman and Lima co-wrote. There is no word yet on plot details.

"For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we’re each extremely proud of. Now, by combining our talents in ‘Twas Entertainment, we’re stepping into a new and thrilling phase of our careers and are looking forward to gathering old and new collaborators who share our goal: family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence," Chapman and Lima said Monday in a statement.

Chapman and Lima are repped by WME. Chapman is also repped by Candace Carlo, and Lima by Joel McKuin.