Toonz, Hyde Park, G7 team for 'Santa Claus'

CG-animated film based on L. Frank Baum classic

NEW DELHI -- Singapore-based Toonz Entertainment and Los Angeles-based Hyde Park Entertainment and Gang of 7 Animation on Friday will announce an agreement to co-produce the CG-animated feature "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus."

Eyeing a 2010 Christmas release, the film is based on the classic book by "The Wizard of Oz" creator L. Frank Baum and chronicles the life of Santa Claus from infancy.

"Santa Claus" is in preproduction and will be co-directed by Tom Tataranowicz, Rich Arons and Dick Sebast. The trio's credits include features at Walt Disney, Marvel and Hanna-Barbera. G7 Animation merges the talents of its key eight-member team that includes Tataranowicz and Arons.

Hyde Park Entertainment will distribute the film internationally and share North American rights with G7 Animation.