PRESTO Director Doug Sweetland to Helm Sony Pictures Animation’s THE FAMILIARS

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Doug Sweetland, who directed the wonderful Looney Tunes-style Pixar short Presto, has been tapped to helm Sony Pictures Animation’s The Familiars.  Per Heat Vision, “The story centers on three young wizard apprentices who, after being whisked away by an evil queen, must rely on their animal companions, or familiars — an alley cat, a blue jay and a tree frog — to escape.”  Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson will write the screenplay based on their recently-released children’s book.  Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are executive producing.

Sweetland worked at Pixar for 16 years and earned Annie awards for his work on Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 2.  He earned an Annie nomination and an Oscar nomination for Presto.




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  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    I’m really curious why Sweetland left Pixar. It’s odd to see someone who has worked with them for 16 years, and created my favorite short to date, work for someone else.

    Wonder if he is just temporary on leave to make his own film or something else. Very interesting. Can’t wait to see what he does with this though.

  • IllusionOfLife

    Huh? What’s Doug Sweetland doing over at Sony Pictures?

    I haven’t been terribly impressed by any of Sony Pictures Animation’s previous attempts (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was best, but still only an average animated film in my opinion) but hopefully whatever Mr. Sweetland is doing for them will turn out good. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.

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