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