Corus Entertainment has signed a development agreement with LA-based Duncan Studio to produce original animated feature films. Under the deal, Corus-owned prodco Nelvana will invest in the development of new film content created by Duncan’s in-house production division.
The first project to come out of the deal is CG-animated Mother Nature, which looks at a futuristic society’s relationship to the natural world. The sci-fi fantasy-adventure was created by Duncan founder Ken Duncan (pictured).
According to a statement from Corus, this partnership allows both companies to tap into a growing global demand for long-form animation, while also supporting Nelvana’s push into animated features, which was previously identified as a potential area of growth for the team.
Last year, Duncan Studio—which has more than a decade of experience as a service studio on films like 9, Mary Poppins Returns and The Nut Job—expanded to create its own IPs with the launch of Duncan Originals. At the time, it lined up a trio of new concepts for kids and families.