A Wizard's Tale
|A Wizard's Tale|
|Directed by||Andrés Couturier|
|Produced by||José C. García de Letona|
Fernando De Fuentes
|Written by||Jim Hecht|
|Based on||Here Comes the Grump|
by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
|Music by||James Seymour Brett|
|Edited by||J. Martín Téllez Andrade|
Prime Focus World
|Distributed by||M2 Pictures (Italy) |
Corazón Films (Mexico)
|Box office||MX$22.9 million|
A Wizard's Tale (also known as Ahí Viene Cascarrabias in Mexico and Here Comes the Grump internationally) is a 2018 Mexican-British animated film based on the DePatie–Freleng animated series, Here Comes the Grump, which originally ran from 1969 to 1970 on NBC.
A teen boy has been transported into a magical land where he teams up with a princess to stop a mean-spirited wizard called "The Grump" after placing a spell to banish happiness from the land.
The film was first announced when Variety reported on 17 September 2014 that a film adaptation of the Here Comes the Grump cartoon, produced by Ánima Estudios, is in development. Development didn't start immediately after its announcement due to development of other projects.
Production of the film was completed in 2017.
The film's animation was created at Prime Focus World at its London and Mumbai facilities. “Animation is well underway and[... o]ur artists are pushing the limits to put as much quality and humor into every last frame,” said Greg Gavanski, head of Prime Focus Animation.
On 5 October 2017, British actors Toby Kebbell, Lily Collins, and Ian McShane have joined the film's lead English voice cast, with the casting done by Todd Resnick's The Voice Company studio in Los Angeles.
Prime Focus's Greg Gavanski commented that he was "thrilled" with the casting. “We are thrilled to welcome Ian, Lily and Toby to the Grump team,” said Gavanski. “This hugely talented voice cast, alongside the beautiful animation delivered by the artists of Ánima [Estudios] and Prime Focus, has brought these fantastic characters to life in ways we couldn’t have imagined. I couldn’t have hoped for things to come together any better than this.”
The casting has also marked a history for Ánima Estudios, to which producer and company COO José C. García de Letona has shared his excitement. “Having such amazing actors be part of our movie makes us feel even more excited about it," said Letona. "We are sure that the audiences will love McShane´s grouchy character, Lily’s adorable princess and Toby’s cool hero.”
In Mexico, the film performed weakly at the box-office, opening at #6 and grossing $8.99 million pesos (est. $0.48 million USD). In its second week, the film moved down to #8, grossing $4.26 million pesos (est. US$0.2 million) which brings a total of $18.44 million pesos (est. US$0.99 million). It has earned $22.9 million pesos in total.
The film has grossed a total of $4.55 million worldwide.
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