Chris Prynoski’s ‘Nerdland’, the R-rated animated feature film debut from Titmouse Animation Studios, will screen as an official selection at next month’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival alongside premieres for Studio Ghibli co-production ‘The Red Turtle’, the 4K restoration of Eiichi Yamamoto’s ‘Belladonna of Sadness’, Illumination’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’, director Jean-François Laguionie’s ‘Louise’, and Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’.
The adult-themed ‘Nerdland’, originated as a script by Andrew Kevin Walker who famously penned the David Fincher classic ‘Seven’. After spending years in development, and shifting between various forms such as a live-action or web series adaptation, the project finally landed as an animated feature at Titmouse, the studio behind ‘Metalocalypse’, ‘Moonbeam City’ and ‘Superjail!’.
‘Nerdland’ offers a compelling and unique aestehtic, under the production design of art director Antonio Canobbio with animation by Mike Roush. The film is produced by Gavin Polone and executive produced by Prynoski alongside Shannon Barrett Prynoski and Kat Landsberg. The film had it’s debut at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, but its screening at Annecy will mark its European debut.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and would-be screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) are two LA dudes approaching their 30th birthdays without yet becoming the megawatt superstars they know they were meant to be. In a town built on who you know (and who knows you), the ambitious duo will set out on an all-day journey through their all-star rolodexes to make it big by the end of the night.
The first feature from animation house Titmouse, Inc. whose brainchildren include ‘Metalocalypse,’ ‘Moonbeam City’ and ‘Superjail!,’ Nerdland is a hallucinatory Hollywood road trip told in an appropriately bold and distinctive animation style. Featuring an army of comedy cameos including Hannibal Burress, Larraine Newman, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome, Venture Brothers’ Jackson Publick, Molly Shannon, Charlene Yi, and Paul Scheer, this is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies with a plan to become famous -- or even infamous -- no matter what…