Produced by Folimage, a French outfit specializing in auteur-driven toons located near Lyon, "A Cat in Paris" marks Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's feature debut. With a dozen shorts to their name, the pair has been collaborating since the late '80s. "Cat" was five years in the making: two years in storyboards and three in production, per Gagnol, a crime novelist who penned the script while Felicioli created the graphic style. Since "Cat" is aimed at family audiences, the team used elements of traditional films noir but added touches of humor for broad appeal. "We used 50,000 drawings, all the color was hand-painted, and we highlighted each character's face with a color pencil to create a soft shade effect," Gagnol says. Next up, the duo will reteam with Folimage on "Phantom Boy," a 2D New York-set fantasy thriller.Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118049933?refcatid=13
"Chico & Rita" had its genesis some 10 years ago when Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba ("Belle Epoque") asked artist Javier Mariscal to create a poster for his Latin jazz documentary "Calle 54." Joined by Mariscal's younger brother Tono Errando, the three co-directors and screenwriter Ignacio Martinez de Pison fashioned an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak that begins in 1940s Havana and spans several decades. According to British producer Michael Rose, although some of the animation was farmed out to various studios around the world, "All design, development and original artwork was done at Estudio Mariscal in Barcelona." With a budget of just $13 million, the classic hand-drawn 2D animation film took some seven years from start to finish to complete -- "a real labor of love," says Rose.