Mosley the New Zealand and Chinese animated film - Watch the trailer
The New Zealand-Chinese animated film Mosley was selected for North American distribution by Grindstone Entertainment, which plans to release the CG animated family adventure later this year. Written and directed by Kirby Atkins, the film is a long and laborious project that had its official world premiere at Annecy 2020.
"The journey of this film has been a labor of love for over two decades and I am thrilled to share it with a wider audience“Atkins said. "I am immensely grateful to Lotus Entertainment and Grindstone for believing it enough to bring it to the US market. "
Mosley follows the adventures of a family of four-legged creatures known as "torifanti", who work as beasts of burden for a grumpy farmer named Simon, on an isolated piece of land. One night, Mosley and his young son, Rue, discover a cave with ancient drawings of creatures just like them - except they have hands and walk upright. The discovery places Mosley on a perilous quest to find out what happened to his ancestors and perhaps learn about his true nature.
The cast of American voice actors features the voices of Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Minions: Rise of Gru), John Rhys Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia), Temuera Morrison (The Mandalorian, Moana) and Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, Voltron: Legendary Defender), as well as Atkins and his daughter, Leah, Curt Cloninger (Polycarp) and country singer John Phillips.
The deal was negotiated by Stan Wertlieb and Ryan Black for Grindstone with Lotus Entertainment's Huhu Studios, Jack Sheehan and Jeremie Guiraud. The film was sold to a multitude of international territories, including Australia, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, China, CIS, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, the Middle East, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania and South Africa.
Atkins is represented by Aaron Kaplan at Kaplan / Perrone Entertainment.