Production IG and Fuji TV are said to be laying down the gauntlet to Hollywood, with their just announced CG film collaboration, provisionally titled ホッタラケの島 / Hottarake no Shima, set to be a family friendly fantasy tale of a girl mixed up with a mysterious world. Most original.
They are keen to stress the need for such a project to develop internationally competitive technology, and to project themselves into Hollywood, in what looks to be an entirely internationally oriented production. In other words, they are keen to make some Pixar style blockbusters, a healthy enough ambition.
Whilst their new project may not be very interesting itself, a serious contender to Disney in such an uncrowded genre could be interesting indeed. And the prospect of CG success for Japanese firms could help rectify the recent unfortunate events…