DQ Entertainment Joins Forces With Method Animation, France and MK2, France to Produce Series of Animated Short Films Inspired by Charlie Chaplin

Jan 08, 2010, 09:23 ET from DQ Entertainment International

HYDERABAD, India, January 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DQE, the Animation, Gaming, Live action production and global distribution Group listed in AIM, London, which recently filed its Draft Red Herring Prospectus with the regulators in India for approval for listing in India, is pleased to announce the development of a series of animated short films for television in collaboration with French production companies Method Animation and MK2. DQE, Method Animation and MK2 announced the production and worldwide distribution and exploitation of an animated version of 104 six-minute episodes inspired by the legendary film icon Charlie Chaplin's Hollywood films.

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DQE and Method Animation are committed to preserving the sense of humour and the emotional values present in all of Charlie Chaplin's 70 films, all the while bringing out the quirky, burlesque and comic tone of the character he created.

With a global production budget of approximately Euro 8 million, the first series will be developed in colour creating a timeless atmosphere and a unique look, blending early 20th century with present time, allowing for younger generations to identify with the Charlie Chaplin character. In keeping with the spirit of Chaplin, the short episodes will be presented without dialogue, giving enough space for the full scope of the famous character's talents in pantomime. Completing the picture, putting particular emphasis on the choice of music and the sound design, will add to the laughter and emotion of the adventures of the legendary tramp.

Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQ Entertainment (International) Limited and DQ Entertainment Plc said, "This is history in the making as the partnership with MK2 and our own long term co-production partners Method Animation, Paris, will bring the legendary entertainer Charlie Chaplin back to life in a fantastic 'Animated Avatar'. The 3 companies will keep the legend of Charlie Chaplin alive and these large number of short films in hi-end 3D Animation will delight the 21st century kids and the families again as they will witness the legendary entertainer in his new Avatar."

Aton Soumache, President of Method Animation adds "It is an enormous honour for us to be allowed to work with as legendary and mythical a character as Charlie Chaplin. The adaptation of the Charlie Chaplin character into an animated series is an exciting challenge and an incredible adventure. Our wish is to present a series created from Chaplin's world, ultimately allowing for children to discover one of the greatest icons of film history and at the same time enticing parents to rediscover the comic genius of Chaplin. The entire series will be produced in stereoscopic 3D bringing forth a fully immersed visual and emotional experience.

Nathanael Karmitz, President of the board of directors at MK2, confirms that "Having followed the worldwide theatrical, DVD and television distribution of the films for years, we are proud to announce this project alongside partners whose proven skills in producing outstanding animated series while maintaining a respectful approach to the rights holders are widely known. We are confident that this next step in the promotion of Chaplin's legacy will reach a greater audience and introduce the greatest international star of modern cinema to younger generations. The series represent an introduction to Chaplin's world as well as a rediscovery of his body of work."

Description:

Charlie Chaplin was a comic genius and a pioneer in movie making. Chaplin began his journey on the road to immortality when he created his most famous character in the movie '' The Tramp '' (1915). Of all of his characters, the Tramp is the most universally recognized and beloved. He is earnest without being pathetic, pure yet imperfect, an unmistakable winner despite his constant failures. As a filmmaker, Chaplin was able to make a statement without offending or being preachy - The Great Dictator and Modern Times are great examples of this ability. Among his well known films are The Immigrant (1917), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), and 'The Circus', for which he received an Academy Award in 1928. 'A King in New York' (1957), was released in America 20 years later, and his final film 'A Countess from Hong Kong' (1967), starred Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren.

Charlie Chaplin made 81 films in a filmmaking lifetime that began in 1914 and ended in 1967. In 1972 he returned to Hollywood to claim a special Oscar honoring his lifetime contributions to movies. He was named Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1975. He passed away on December 25, 1977.

The man might be gone but his movies; especially his silent movies shall live forever. About Chaplin the famed critic James Agee wrote, "the finest pantomime, the deepest emotion, the richest and most poignant poetry were in Chaplin's work." The noted film scholar, Andrew Sarris, said, "the single most important artist produced by the cinema, certainly it's most extraordinary performer, and probably still its most universal icon."

Closer home, in the small town of Adipur in Northwest India, Charlie Chaplin is treated as god ! It is the unlikely home of the world's largest population of Charlie Chaplin impersonators. The 'Charlie Circle' of Adipur embraces businessmen, shopkeepers, a doctor who prescribes Chaplin movies for medicinal purposes, teachers, engineers, students and a three-year-old pre-schooler. They all share a passion for the silent film star of the early 1900s, with his twirling cane, wobbly walk and agitated eyebrows....The legend lives on...

About DQE

DQE is a leading animation, gaming and entertainment production and Global distribution group engaged in production, co-production and original IP development with a workforce of 3500+(2788 permanent employees and 712 freelancers and trainees) in an expansion mode, and a global client - partner base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC Group, M6/ France TV/ TF-1 Broadcasting groups from France, ZDF Germany and many more world-wide.

DQE has produced/co-produced and distributed iconic brands such as Iron Man - the first 3D animated TV series, Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, second season of Large Family, third season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is now producing properties like Little Prince and Little Nicolas. DQE has a library of over 350 hours of international programs for distribution. DQE is also developing and producing 'The Jungle Book'as a 52 episode animated series and a 60 minute TV feature, Toomai-The Elephant Boy which is a live action TV series as well as Indian IPs which are on production like Mysteries and Feluda, and Omkar.

DQE's production facilities are based in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata and it has international sales representatives in Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.

About Method Animation:

Method Animation is one of the top producers of 3D-CGI animation series in Europe. As a multi-award winning animation concept and content creation company, Method Animation produces in-house innovative and ambitious concepts of 3D-CGI animation series for a large number of international broadcasters including Nickelodeon, BBC, ITV, France Televisions, M6, ABC Australia among others. The company has also developed series of adaptations of renowned intellectual properties, either for or in collaboration with major partners, for example Iron Man (in coproduction with Marvel), Pinky & Perky (currently broadcast on the BBC) and Little Nick (co-production with M6 Studio). Among its most recent projects Method is now in production on new adventures of The Little Prince.

About mk2:

MK2, a key player in the international movie industry. Founded in 1974 by Marin Karmitz, MK2 is an independent firm, entirely owned by his family. The group is now run by Nathanael Karmitz, one of his sons. MK2 started with a single movie theater in Paris and the group own now 10 theaters and 58 screens. The group strives to defend its commitment to quality art-house cinema and creates a link between cinema and different types of artistic expression. For over 30 years, MK2 presents its own production in the most prestigious international festivals and exports all over the world many films by confirmed French directors such as Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Jacques Doillon, Olivier Assayas, Abdelatif Kechiche as well as famous respected international directors like Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Gus van Sant, Michael Haneke... Nowadays, the MK2 group includes every branch of the movie industry: production, theatrical distribution in France, international sales, TV production, DVD publishing, movie theaters, restaurants and shops.

    A few figures concerning the mk2 group:

    - A library of over 500 international titles sold to
      distributors and TV channels worldwide, including Chaplin, Truffaut,
      Kieslowski, Chabrol, Kiarostami...

    - 1st independent group in France, 3rd theatrical network in
      Paris

    - 10 movie theaters in Paris and 58 screens

    - More than 100 awards in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Oscars,
      Golden Globes, Montreal, Sundance

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