SOURCE: Animation Collective

Animation Collective

February 11, 2009 09:30 ET

Eloise Skibbles Her Way to Africa in New Animated DVD Movie

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - KIDSCREEN SUMMIT - The Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel, the storybook home of Eloise, was the site of the announcement introducing Eloise in Africa, an animated feature that will be released to coincide with Eloise in Paris, a live action feature written and directed by Charles Shyer. Skipperdee and Weenie were unavailable for comment so the announcement was made by Patrick Meehan, Chairman of HandMade Films, the Eloise rights holders, and Larry Schwarz, CEO of Animation Collective, the studio producing the film.

One of the true classics of children's literature, Eloise was written by Kay Thompson and featured the iconic illustrations of Hilary Knight. The first book of the series was published in 1955 and four more have followed as No. 1 children's bestsellers in the United States. In 2003, HandMade produced two Eloise TV movies starring Julie Andrews to air on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney. Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime have sold over a million units in DVD sales.

In the brand new Eloise in Africa, 6-year-old heroine Eloise is joined by Nanny, Skipperdee (her turtle) and Weenie (her dog) as she travels from the Plaza Hotel to Africa where she helps uncover an international animal smuggling ring. The DVD movie will be directed by Animation Collective's Sergei Aniskov. Patrick Meehan and David Ravden will executive produce the film along with Larry Schwarz and Doug MacLennan. Production on Eloise in Africa began in October and will be done entirely at Animation Collective's New York studios blocks from the Plaza Hotel. This will be the first in a yearly series of animated films taking Eloise on adventures around the world.

"Eloise is one of HandMade's centerpiece properties and Eloise in Africa is another step in the continuing development and growth of this timeless brand," said Patrick Meehan, Chairman of HandMade. "Having grown up as a precious, bordering on spoiled New York City kid, the opportunity to work on Eloise is a dream come true," said Larry Schwarz, CEO of Animation Collective.

About HandMade

HandMade Plc, which encompasses HandMade Films International and HandMade Film Productions, is an independent international rights and film production company with one of the UK's largest independent film libraries. The HandMade Group acquires, owns and exploits intellectual property rights comprising film, TV and theatrical productions, book and music rights, and merchandising. They are the sole owners of all ancillary and merchandising rights to the bestselling 'Eloise' books and specialize in the marketing and branding of all 'Eloise' merchandise plus production and marketing of remakes of all films in their library. HandMade Plc was re-admitted to trading on AIM in May 2006 and has offices in both London and Los Angeles. Under the original ownership of George Harrison, HandMade was responsible for producing some of the great British films of the 70's and 80's: The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Time Bandits to name but a few.

About Animation Collective

A leading independent creator of children's entertainment in the U.S., Animation Collective has original content in more than eighty countries and in over fifteen languages on platforms including television, broadband, wireless, books, games and consumer products. Proprietary productions include: Kappa Mikey, MTVN and Nickelodeon's first global acquisition for Nicktoons Network and Nickelodeon; Three Delivery for Nicktoons Network, YTV, Canal+ Family, Nickelodeon Australia, and the BBC; Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF for Cartoon Network in the U.S., Asia, Australia and Spain, YTV and the BBC; and Ellen's Acres for Cartoon Network, TVO, Al Jazeera and ABC TV Australia. Work-for-hire productions include Speed Racer: The Next Generation for Nicktoons Network and Lionsgate Entertainment; Eloise in Africa (direct to video) for HandMade Films and The Incredible Crash Dummies for 4KidsTV. Animation Collective is the largest provider of original content for KOL, America Online's kids channel and Red, its teen channel. Larry Schwarz, the company's founder and CEO, is the creator and executive producer of all its original series.

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