At Cartoon Forum in Toulouse in September, GunHil will be presenting its newest property, entitled Paradise Valley.
In a remote secret valley behind many mountains is a safe haven for a bunch of misfits who all have narrowly escaped evil enemies occupying their native lands. The enemy is a constant threat to the community but despite perhaps not so clever plotting, unsuccessful ill planned missions, and even recruitment of moles, he has not been able to discover the location of Paradise Valley, where the mushroom eating nervous wrecked Skua holds all threads. Or so he thinks.
Paradise Valley was introduced as a location in our animated feature film ‘Ploey – You Never Fly Alone’. In the TV Series we disturb the balance of the world by putting in a wolverine, that is very cute but can be very dangerous. The question is whether the inhabitants of Paradise Valley use the wolverine to defeat their enemies or try and teach him good behaviour, by their standards, like not eating other animals and everything that Papa Bear would think is good manners. The wolverine is of course the stranger and will ask questions that the inhabitants, especially the older generation, have trouble answering. As well as getting himself and the other younglings into a lot of trouble.
Format: TV 52 x 11
Genre: Comedy – SitCom
Target group: 9-11 years
Lead Writer: Otto Geir Borg
Visual Creator: Gunnar Karlsson
Producers: Hilmar Sigurdsson, Haukur Sigurjonsson
Ploey – You Never Fly Alone will premiere at the European Film Market in Berlin on Friday, February 16 at CineStar 1 at 14:45. Second screening will be on Monday, February 19, at 16:20 at CineStar 4.
ARRI Media International handles world sales.
ARRI Media will bring brand new footage from the upcoming animated feature film “PLOEY – You Never Fly Alone” to the American Film Market that starts on November 2, in Santa Monica. ARRI’s booth at AFM is at Loews 627. The footage is available to selective buyers only. Meanwhile production is in full force in GunHil’s studio in Reykjavik and Cyborn’s Antwerp studio where dozens of professional work hard towards the late 2017 delivery deadline. Below is a still from the material that ARRI will bring to the market.
Ploey tells of af young plover that is unable to fly and migrate south when fall comes. He must survive the arctic winter, vicious enemies and learn to fly to be united with his loved ones next spring.
Veröld Publishers in Reykjavik are releasing in Iceland a new book that contains the original story of PLOEY – You Never Fly Alone.
From the book cover:
An unexpected incident causes Ploey the plover chick to be left behind when his very best friend Ploveria flies south with all the other migrating birds in the fall. Ploey is determined to fight for his life and be reunited with Ploveria in the spring. He faces countless challenges; Shadow the falcon is among other predators who want him dead, and not least the freezing arctic winter. With the help of new friends, he achieves the impossible – and then some!
A major international screen version of this this sweet and exciting story is currently in production, from the makers of Legends of Valhalla – Thor, the biggest Icelandic international box-office success in history.
The publishing day for the book is October 24, 2016. The book is available in Icelandic and English.
GunHil is extremely proud to announce its first animated family feature film in development. The film is based on a story and script by Fridrik Erlingsson, a well-known novelist and script writer (Benjamin Dove, Legends of Vallhalla – Thor). The film is visually created and co-directed by GunHil’s Gunnar Karlsson and produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson and Haukur Sigurjonsson.
Ploe is born the latest of 4 plover chicks and is off on the wrong wing from the very start. When autumn comes and his family migrates to warmer climates, the young chick has not yet learned to fly. He faces the harsh winter, cruel enemies and vicious elements which he has to battle with his new friends.
The film has received script funding support from the Icelandic Film Centre and is expected to be out in 2015. You can read more on the film here on the site.
It was a breath taking moment at the trailer show after lunch on Thursday at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. People cheered, whistled and applauded after the screening of the Space Stallions trailer and it was obvious that this entertainment was highly appreciated. One veteran of Cartoon Forum described the moment as “unprecedented”.
This was only the beginning of what turned out to be a great day for GunHil and the Space Stallions. Over 200 people showed up for the presentation and the room was jammed packed. There where continues cheers and laughter throughout the presentation and when the trailer appeared in full force at the end of the pitch, it was obvious that something extraordinary had taken place. Space Stallions was one of the most attended presentation of the 69 projects pitched there.
The future looks bright and ahead is serious talk with major internationals and others on how to bring the Space Stallions series from the multi-world into this world. Exciting times ahead in our 5 months old company – which happens to be “still under the same management” so we quote a good Danish friend of ours.
The photos are courtesy of Claudius Gebele of Studio Rakete, who was kind enough to send us few.