The SPA Studios, an animation studio based in Spain, released a beautiful first look at one of its upcoming animated projects: Klaus. While the film is not officially in production yet, this teaser gives viewers a first impression of what to expect when Klaus is financed.
The studio, founded by formed Disney animator Sergio Pablos, previously did a lot of work in the animation industry for major animation studios like Disney, Blue Sky, and Illumination Entertainment. The studio delivered some fantastic design, storyboard, and animation work on films such as Despicable Me and Rio. Klaus is one of the original projects they have in development at the moment.
This teaser trailer features a first look at the animation technique that SPA Studios uses. This technique blends traditional hand-drawn animation with CG animation. People have waited with anticipation for Disney to use its renowned ‘Paperman technique’ on an animated features for quite some time now, so it’s exciting to see a smaller European studio work with this technology on a feature instead. The teaser has the charm of traditional animation, but still has a modern feel to it.
While Klaus is not officially in production yet, SPA Studios is currently in search of investors, distribution partners, and co-production partners. Hopefully, this wonderful teaser and the amazing response to it will incentivize some companies to help officially start this interesting project’s production.
On June 18, Sergio Pablos will attend Annecy International Animated Film Festival, where he will discuss his animation studio as well as preview Klaus. More information about that event can be found here.
What do you think of this first look at Klaus? Are you excited to see hand-drawn animation return?
Edited by: Hannah Wilkes