"Variety" profiles animated film featuring Iberian lynx

Case Study: Missing Lynx
Kandor Moon produces eco-themed toon
By EMILIANO DE PABLOS
Posted: Fri., May 15, 2009, 12:56pm PT

A $6 million animated feature, “Missing Lynx” is the first movie produced by Kandor Moon, a joint venture created in 2007 by Antonio Banderas’ Malaga-based shingle Green Moon and Granada’s studio Kandor Graphics.

“Missing Lynx” tells the story of a rambunctious bevy of animals fleeing a madcap millionaire’s Noah’s Ark. It was co-directed by Kandor partners Manuel Sicilia and Raul Garcia, a former animator for Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks. Co-producers include Enrique Posner’s YaYa! Films and Manuel Cristobal’s Perro Verde.

The feature represents the fruit of an initiative by Andalusia’s Environment Dept., which wanted film and TV content to transmit eco values to young film audiences.

“We suggested a humorous adventure film for children in which the environment and wildlife were at the forefront, but avoiding an over-explicit moralizing style,” Sicilia says.

The Environment Dept. put up $1.16 million on the condition that 20% of film profits go toward environmental causes. Andalusia’s Culture Dept. put up another $373,000.

Regional TV station Canal Sur, one of Spain’s pubcasters most involved in toon financing, inked free-to-air rights to all of Spain for $932,400.

Alliance Films’ Aurum Prods. took Spanish theatrical and DVD rights, advancing $799,200 for P&A. Disney committed $33,300 for pay TV rights through its Disney Cinemagic channel.

International sales, handled by 6 Sales, brought in $666,000 with “Lynx” preselling or licensing to 44-plus countries, including Australia, Benelux, China, Middle East and South Africa. Key territories — Germany, the U.K. — are still available.

Financing was rounded up by subsidy coin from Spain’s ICAA film institute ($932,400) and private sponsorship ($266,400).

“Missing Lynx” bowed at Christmas in Spanish theaters, taking in a solid $1.5 million.

For Kandor Moon, “Lynx” is just the beginning. The company aims to produce five animated pics over 10 years, and its next toon feature is already in the works: a 3-D film production budgeted north of $20 million, entitled “Goleor, the Spade and the Sword” and slated for release in 2011.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003728.html?categoryId=3630&cs=1

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