First Look: 'Waltz With Bashir' Director's Anne Frank Animation

Ari Folman Anne Frank Animation

Ari Folman's feature film, based on the famed diaries written by the young Holocaust victim, incorporates both classic and stop-motion animation.

The first images from the upcoming animated feature based on the diary of Anne Frank have emerged.

Israeli blog Mako's Cinemascope on Monday posted the shots taken from London's Passion studios, where Academy Award-nominated director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) has been working on the feature with collaborators British puppetmaker Andy Gent (Frankenweenie, Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Israeli art director/illustrator David Polonsky, who previously worked with Folman on Waltz With Bashir and his 2013 follow-up, The Congress.

Folman was reportedly approached directly by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, Switzerland to undertake the film project celebrating the Holocaust diary writer. The family-oriented feature incorporates both classic and stop-motion animation, with Folman telling Cinemascope that the high price of the dolls brought about the need to incorporate both techniques.

The test shots depicted in the new images show the Frank doll as well as the character of Kitty, the imaginary friend whom Frank addresses in her diary entries. Folman's take will focus on Kitty, whom he envisions finding the diary and following Frank's story, although the narrative will not be based solely on the written diary entries.

The project, which was first announced in December 2013, is a co-production between Belgian-based entity Purple Whale Films, which is co-owned by Folman's Bridgit Folman Film Gang outfit, and Diana Elbaum's Belgian group, Entre Chien et Loup.