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Fox Animation Will Engineer A Feature Film Based On The Dam Keeper

Fox Animation is teaming up with Tonko House to construct a feature film based on The Dam Keeper, last year's Oscar-nominated short.


After turning heads, raising eyebrows, and even bagging an Oscar nomination in the process, The Dam Keeper is headed to cinemas.

20th Century Fox Animation has announced a collaboration with Tonko House to engineer a feature-length movie based on the animated short, one which will be helmed by former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi. Between them, the talented duo have worked across Toy Story 3, Monsters University and even Ratatouille and are, by all accounts, fine candidates to construct an extended version of The Dam Keeper.

In fact, according to Deadline, this particular feature is more of a quasi-sequel, and will take place several years after the original short. Plus, unlike its forebear, the full-length Dam Keeper will include dialogue, and will be made primarily in CG. John Henry Hinkel has been elected to hash out a screenplay, and we understand that animation tests are already underway.

Beyond that, fans of The Dam Keeper can also look forward to the upcoming trilogy of graphic novels. Written and illustrated by Kondo and Tsutsumi, the first installment is set to roll onto store shelves in early 2017, and we fully expect the remaining chapters to launch shortly thereafter. If that wasn’t enough, a 10-part series is bound for Hulu in Japan, and Erick Oh is the creative mind attached to that one.

Little is known about the production timeline of the feature-length movie just yet, but we’ll be bringing you all the latest as more information comes to light.

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