Playmobil movie: Frozen animator Lino DiSalvo to direct
Move over, LEGO Movie. The upcoming animated Playmobil movie has a director.
Lino DiSalvo, who worked as the head of animation on Disney’s Frozen, has signed on to direct Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels.
According to Variety, which first reported the news, Robbers, Thieves & Rebels is the first installment in a planned trilogy about the iconic German toy brand. ON Animation Studios, the company that recently produced the animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, is producing.
“I’ve learned most of my skills by growing up in the Disney system; I was very fortunate to work on films like Tangled and Frozen,” DiSalvo told Variety. “I am thrilled at the perspective of developing the Playmobil film. As a father and a filmmaker, to create a film about your son’s favorite toy, what else do you want?”
The Playmobil movie first launched last year at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where Cross Creek acquired U.S. distribution rights. Bob Perischetti, who’s worked on films like Puss in Boots and Shrek 2, was previously reported as the director.
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Playmobil is expected to be released in late 2018.