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Wind Dancer, Brown Bag team for animated film
'Nightglider' comedy centers on flying squirrel
By DAVE MCNARY
Wind Dancer Films and Brown Bag Films are teaming on flying squirrel comedy "Nightglider," the first animated feature for both companies.
As it has done on its live-action projects, Wind Dancer will secure coin through a combination of international and domestic sales and its own equity. The companies are aiming to begin production next year for a release in 2015.
Brown Bag Films' Gregory R. Little will produce with Wind Dancer principals Matt Williams and David McFadzean, president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne. Little developed the project with screenwriter Jeremy Shipp and brought it to Brown Bag upon joining the company.
"Nightglider" will be directed by Brown Bag co-owner and creative director Darragh O'Connell, who has helmed Brown Bag's "Olivia" on Nickelodeon and "The Octonauts" on Disney Junior.
Story centers on a flying squirrel raised as a tree squirrel who becomes convinced that he's a superhero when he discovers that he can fly.
Brown Bag Films will serve as the lead animation studio. The companies are unveiling "Nightglider" at AFM and are seeking an international sales agent and exploring co-production possibilities.
Wind Dancer most recently produced "Bernie." It's in production on a pilot for PBS with series creator Craig Bartlett ("Dinosaur Train").