Toonz ties with Illusion for 'Gaturro'

Indian animator to bring cat character to life

NEW DELHI -- Toonz Animation India and Argentina-based Illusion Studios have inked a co-production deal for a 90-minute 3D animated feature “Gaturro,” based on the famous Argentine comic strip of the same name.

Based on a comic book property by Christian Dzwonik, “Gaturro” chronicles the love story of two cats, Gaturro and Agatha.

The “deal is estimated to be worth US$6 million and pre-production on the feature has already been completed” at Toonz's Trivandrum facility, Toonz said in a statement Thursday. “Gaturro” is expected to release next year.

“’Gaturro’ as a comic strip is an iconic character and it would demand greater care to give life to him in a different medium. But I am confident that we will be able to rise up to the expectations of our audience,” said Toonz Animation CEO P. Jayakumar.

“We are absolutely proud to have Toonz Animation India on board.  It is an essential contribution to our international positioning, as well as to our strategy of opening up new markets for our film industry,” added Illusion Studios CEO José Luis Massa.