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Wicked Flying Monkeys

Wicked Flying Monkeys
Mexican theatrical release poster
Directed by Alberto Mar[1][2]
Produced by Jorge Gutierrez (executive)
Screenplay by Jorge Gutierrez[2][3]
Doug Langdale[2]
Evan Gore[2]
Story by Jorge Gutierrez[2][3]
Starring Héctor Emmanuel Gómez
Susana Zavaleta
Loreto Peralta
Raúl Araiza
Music by Leoncio Lara[4]
Edited by Roberto Bolado
Production
company
Ánima Estudios
Discreet Arts[2][5]
Distributed by FilmSharks International
Videocine (Mexico)[1]
Release dates
  • April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
[1][2]
Running time
87 minutes
Country Mexico
India
Language English[5]
Spanish
Budget $4.5 million[6]

Wicked Flying Monkeys (Ánima Estudios, Discreet Arts, and distributed by FilmSharks International.[5] The film will be the first English-language and flagship CG production for Ánima Estudios.[5] It is also the studio's biggest production and is described as Mexico's biggest animated production.[5] Mexico's take on the Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum, it features an original story and new characters,[7] and was released theatrically on 10 April 2015 in Mexico.[2][8]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
    • Spanish cast 2.1
  • Production 3
    • Animation 3.1
    • Designs 3.2
  • Release 4
    • Box office 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

After the Wicked Witch of the West is melted in water and Dorothy Gale sent back to her world. Glenda decides to revive the Wicked Witch and remove her powers putting them in a magic broom, giving the friends of Dorothy, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow the work of protect it.

Evilene, the Wicked Witch, conspire with her winged monkey to retrieve her broom, however a little and friendly monkey called Ozzy fails to open the gate of the castle and a battle ensures between the flying monkeys and the 'Bums of Oz', Evilene retrieves her broom and spells the Champions of Oz moving them out of the castle. Then punishes Ozzy´s father transforming him into a chicken, situation that makes Ozzy angry and he steals the broom from Evilene running away from the place.

Decided to help his father, Ozzy reaches Glenda for help just to find she was paralized by accidentally drinking a magic potion created by her nephew Gabby, who is unable to create an antidote due to vital ingredient based on wood. Gabby decides to join him in the quest to find the Champions of Oz while being pursued by the other Flying Monkeys.

They soon find Cowardly Lion that went berserk due to the spell and with some effort they guide him to the north town, where they find the Tin Woodman extremely depressed by the spell. A fight begin between the Lion who destroy Tin Woodman, but he is stopped by Ozzy who accidentally hits him with the groom turning him back to normal.

Ozzy, Gaby and Cowardly Lion takes Tin´s parts to the Oz´s Library where an obsessed Scarecrow is reading several books in an effort to become more intelligent. Soon he repairs Tin when is offered as a clue to solve. However the group is attacked by the flying monkeys, in the chaos, Ozzy cures Tin and Scarecrow from his spell condition but they are unable to save Gabby from being kidnapped by the Flying Monkeys.

The group arrives to the Emerald City where the Wicked Witch sends an ultimatum to Ozzy to give the broom as soon as possible. The Guardians of Oz challenges the Witch but they are quickly defeated. Ozzy stands for himself and he decides to break the broom in order to remove Evilene powers for good, also he tells the rest of the winged monkeys that they obey Evilene due to their dumb and cowardly attitude. They rebel against Evilene who discovers there are some power left behind in the broom and tries to defeat Ozzy who escapes with a part of the broom. A persecution is done through the streets of Emerald City until they crash in the fountain dedicated to Dorothy Gale where the witch is melted for good.

At the end, Glenda breaks Evilene spell on Ozzy´s father and Ozzy soon learn how to flight on his own, while being recognized as a hero by the rest of the town.

Cast

Spanish cast[1]

The film's English-language cast is still yet to be announced.

Production

Animation

The film's animation was provided by Discreet Arts Productions in India and co-produced by Ánima Estudios.[2] “We believe the ideal medium for this ambitious story was the use of 3D, hence the effort to use this technique for the first time in one of our movies,” said producer Jose C. Garcia de Letona. He also said he was very satisfied with the animation outcome and plans for more CG animation in future projects. “The experience has been very satisfying and we want to repeat it for our next project.”[2]

Designs

In addition to writing the story, Sandra Equihua, have designed the characters.[2] In an interview with Cartoon Brew, he told them that “working with the amazing Mexican artists at Ánima Estudios was a blast! This film is yet another encouraging sign of the endless talent currently brewing in my beloved Mexico.”[2]

Release

The film's teaser premiered on February 11, 2014.[9] As of 19 May 2014, it has been reported that the film was sold to Top Films Distribution (Eastern Europe), Shooting Star (Middle East) and Cine Colombia (Colombia).[10] Distribution in the United States is currently in process.[10] With the budget of $55 million pesos ($4.5 million USD), it is the most expensive film produced by Ánima Estudios.[6] The film's official Mexican trailer was released on 16 January 2015.[11] The English-language trailer was released on 1 April 2015.[12] The film received a PG rating "for mild action" by the Motion Picture Association of America.[13] The film was later screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[14] The film is set to be released in the United Kingdom sometime in Q4 2015/Q1 2016, distributed by eOne.[14] The United States release is in negotiations with a "mini-major" studio, and is planned to be released in the country sometime in the future.[14]

Box office

On its opening weekend in Mexico, the film opened at #3 behind Home and Fast and Furious 7, earning $13,132,330 pesos ($796,606 USD).[15][16]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l
  3. ^ a b Save Oz! Coming Soon | Alicia Nunez Puerto
  4. ^ Twitter / LeoncioLaraBon Ya viene Save Oz, Pelicula para la que estoy componiendo el Score.
  5. ^ a b c d e f AFM: Film Sharks Toons Up Anima’s Feature ‘Save Oz’ (EXCLUSIVE) | Variety
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Ánima Estudios - "Les presentamos el trailer de 'Guardianes de Oz'..." - Facebook
  9. ^ Save OZ - Teaser - YouTube
  10. ^ a b
  11. ^ OZ TRAILER ESPAÑOL - YouTube
  12. ^ Wicked Flying Monkeys - OFFICIAL Trailer (2015)
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b c
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