09/02/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Lionsgate have acquired Snoot Entertainment's Battle for Terra, a 3D animated adventure feature film with the vocal talents of Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Justin Long, Amanda Peet, Chris Evans and Dennis Quaid. The feature directorial debut of short filmmaker Aristomenis Tsirbas of The Freak fame, Battle for Terra is the first in a series of animated sci-fi and fantasy features to be produced by Snoot.
Battle for Terra is a tale from the perspective of the aliens whose planet is invaded by humans fleeing a dying Earth. The film made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"We at Roadside could not be more excited to be releasing Battle for Terra," d'Arbeloff told SFcrowsnest. "Not only is it a thrilling piece of entertainment for younger audiences, its themes of tolerance and environmental awareness will resonate with viewers of all ages. Anyone interested in 3D animation and digital artistry will be stunned."
Battle for Terra tells the story of Senn (Justin Long) and Mala (Evan Rachel Wood), two rebellious alien teens living on the beautiful planet Terra, a place that promotes peace and tolerance, having long ago rejected war and weapons of mass destruction. But when Terra is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe, the planet is plunged into chaos.
During the upheaval, Mala befriends an injured human pilot (Luke Wilson) and each learns the two races are not so different from one another. Together they must face the terrifying realisation that in a world of limited resources, only one of their races is likely to survive.
In preparation for the U.S. release, the Los Angeles based creative team has rendered the film in stereoscopic 3D using an in-house process. Lionsgate and Roadside will open Battle for Terra in wide release, in both 3D and 2D formats, on May 1st 2009.
Snoot Entertainment is a motion picture production company founded in February 2004 to independently develop, scifi live-action films and CG animated features. Snoot is also developing the science-fiction noir movie Identity Theft.
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