Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress are both nominated for the European Film Awards in the category Animated Feature Film. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog coproduced Pinocchio for Flanders and played an important role in animating The Congress.
The European Film Academy (EFA) announced its shortlist of animation features. Besides French contender Jasmine, the list consists of Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress. Walking The Dog, the animation and production company founded by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben, played an important role in the creation process of both features.
An international co-production between Italy, Luxembourg, France and Belgium with Walking The Dog covering for Flanders, Pinocchio is based on the original novel by Carlo Collodi. The film tells the well-know story of carpenter Giupetto who carves a puppet out of wood and names it Pinocchio. The marionette’s tale opened the Venice Days last year, was selected for film festivals such as Busan and Abu Dhabi and attracted a full house at Cartoon Movie this year.
Walking The Dog also cooperated in Ari Folman’s science fiction story The Congress, co-produced for Belgium by Entre Chien et Loup. The animation studio was given the task to complete the transitions from live action to animation. Eventually four senior animators also travelled to Israel to assist in completing the film. The Congress opened Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight this year.
Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben founded Walking The Dog, an independent animation and production studio, in 2000. Since then, the duo has boarded high-level international animation projects such as The Triplets of Belleville, Brendan and the Secret of Kells and A Monster in Paris. The company is currently working on Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, a 3D animation feature in coproduction with Luc Besson’s powerhouse EuropaCorp.
Pinocchio, Brendan and the Secret of Kells and The Triplets of Belleville received support through the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is supported by Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works launched by Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and Cultural Affairs Minister Schauvliege.