Miramax Films has entered the animated kids feature arena with the Hyperion Studios production The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina. Slated for completion at the end of the summer, the project is being produced by John Lanza at L.A.-based indie studio Hyperion. Miramax senior VP Jason Blum and director Elizabeth Dreyer are overseeing the project, which stars the voices of Jennifer Love Hewitt as Thumbelina and Elijah Wood as Tom Thumb.
Other Miramax inroads into kids production include the direct-to-video The Toys Who Saved Christmas, released under the Miramax Family label in 1997, and two DTV’s slated for distribution this year, Hugo/Jungle Jack and Hugo 2/Amazon Jack.
According to Blum, Miramax aims to release kids product that is anything but similar to that of parent company Disney. ‘We’re not trying to do what they do at all,’ he says, ‘but to emulate exactly what characterizes Miramax in general: smarter, edgier stuff, but rather than for doing it for adults to do it for kids.’