BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney Feature Animation
will produce a feature length animated film based on the bestselling William
Joyce book, A Day with Wilbur Robinson, it was announced today by Dick Cook,
chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, and David Stainton, president of Walt
Disney Feature Animation. "A Day with Wilbur Robinson," will be executive
produced by Clark Spencer ("Lilo & Stitch") and produced by Disney animation
veteran Dorothy Mc Kim. Steve Anderson (head of story on "The Emperor's New
Groove" and "Brother Bear") is set to direct. The animated film, which will
utilize the latest computer-animation techniques, will be produced at Disney's
Burbank-based animation studio and is scheduled to be released in 2006.
Animation will begin in June 2004.
The fantastic world of William Joyce's beloved 1990 book A Day with Wilbur
Robinson comes to life in this comedy-adventure tale that follows one fateful
day in the life of a boy-genius who creates a mysterious machine with one
fantastic purpose -- to recover the lost memory of the past. What he unlocks
instead is time itself, and a visit with a future, a family, and a world whose
survival all depends upon him.
Commenting on the announcement, Stainton said, "William Joyce's charming
and funny book has everything you could possibly want in an animated film and
offers our animation team a rich world of possibilities. Steve Anderson has
proven himself to be a great storyteller and will make a great director on
this project, given his instincts and passion for the material. Clark Spencer
did an amazing job producing 'Lilo & Stitch' and we are thrilled to have him
and Dorothy Mc Kim lending their expertise to this project. Our goal at
Disney is to tell great stories and to take full advantage of the medium, and
'A Day with Wilbur Robinson' gives us a chance to do both."
Acclaimed illustrator/author William Joyce has previously been associated
with Disney on the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel series, "Rolie Polie
Olie," which has earned kudos during its five year run. As a bestselling
author of children's books, he has written such favorites as Dinosaur Bob, The
Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, Santa Calls, Bentley & Egg, and Nicholas
Cricket, among others.
SOURCE Walt Disney Pictures