The Willoughbys featurette pays homage to stop motion animation
Ahead of its debut tomorrow, Netflix has released a new featurette for their forthcoming animated film adaptation of The Willoughbys, featuring interviews by director Kris Pearn, production designer Kyle McQueen and lead animator Aniket Natekar as they talked the film’s unique animation style and how it is inspired by stop motion. Based on the acclaimed book by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry, the film will be available for streaming on April 22. Check out the video in the player below!
In The Willoughbys, convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The four siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world as they try to find the true meaning of family.
The film will feature the voices of Grammy nominee Alessia Cara as Jane, Will Forte (Scoob!) as Tim, Vincent Tong (Sausage Party) as the Barnabys, Ricky Gervais (The Little Prince) as Cat, Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, Connected) as Nanny, Terry Crews (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2) as Commander Melanoff, Martin Short (Frankenweenie) as Father and Jane Krakowski (Open Season) as Mother.
The Willoughbys is written and directed by Kris Pearn (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2). It is produced by Luke Carroll, Aaron L. Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert. The movie is a highly stylized CG animated feature film created by BRON Animation.