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[November 29, 2006]

HUHU STUDIOS GRUBSTAKED FOR $37M SERIES OF 3D BIBLE STORIES

(New Zealand Press Association Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Wellington, Now 29 NZPA - Auckland's Huhu Studios computer animation workshop has signed a $US25 million ($NZ37.1 million) deal for a six-part series of movies -- animated and in 3D -- based on bible stories.


Huhu Studios -- established in 1999 by Jan and Trevor Yaxley -- is using a company it founded in 2005, Wise Giant Enterprise Ltd for the productions.

Part of the money will come from iGlobe Treasury, a fund sponsored by the Government's Venture Investment Fund (VIF).

The first of the six-part Wise Giant series, Ten Commandments, has just been officially announced in Cannes as the first 3D animated theatrical release produced in New Zealand.

The film features Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley as the narrator and Christian Slater as the voice of Moses, and is scheduled for release in the United States in the run-up to Easter 2007, according to the Animation World Network website in California.

It quoted Mr Yaxley, the managing director of Wise Giant, as saying Huhu had big plans for its subsidiary.

``Not only will we undertake 3D animation development using the latest technology, we will also look into other new media initiatives using the same media intellectual property to go into game, interactive software and edu-tainment.''

Warner Brothers head of animation, Sander Schwartz, told the animation industry's conference in Wellington earlier this month that he had seen ``great work'' from some NZ animation firms. He singled out Huhu Studios, which has been best known until now for the animated TV series Buzz and Poppy.

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Copyright 2006 New Zealand Press Association. Source: Financial Times Information Limited.

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