Walt Disney Feature Animation Set To Spend 'A Day With Wilbur Robinson' With New Animated Feature Slated For 2006

Jan 11, 2004, 00:00 ET from Walt Disney Pictures

    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.

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