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The French animation studio Prima Linea shuts down
March 2, 2020
The French animation studio Prima Linea shuts down
The news of the closure of the fancese studios Prima Linea, author of wonderful films with two-dimensional animations such as the last La Fameuse Invasion Del Ours en Sicilie, is a defeat for the whole animation industry.
And this film, the work of the italian illustrator and director Lorenzo Mattotti, is the cause of the company's shut down. The box office receipts did not, in fact, cover the 11 million euro budget used for production.

Prima Linea was founded in 1995 by Valérie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic and was created to deal mainly with animated feature films, such as Zarafa and the best known The Red Turtle (the film born from the collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch).

Schermann reported "to the judges I explained that we had reached a point of no return. Producers and distributors are increasingly looking for American-style animated films - such as CG comedies - and there is no more space and money for innovation and experimentation." Their latest film has not yet found a distribution in America, despite excellent reviews and high ratings such as 100% on RottenTomatoes and 7.6 on Imdb.

Schermann and Jankovic will however continue to work in this sector with their production house 3.0 Studio founded in 2015 with which they will continue to offer their services.

They are currently collaborating on the new project by Michel Hazanavicius, winner of five oscars with The Artist, a director who will debut with an animated feature film.

[ Fra - via CartoonBrew ]
Christopher Meledandri

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