London-based CGI animation studio, Locksmith professional Animation, the studio behind 2021 Ron’s Failed, is set to head into digital production on its 2nd animated function movie with DNEG Animation. This will be their 2nd cooperation as Locksmith professional and DNEG formerly collaborated on Ron’s Failed, which was granted Best Function at the 2022 British Animation Awards.

Locksmith professional’s upcoming 2nd movie is entitled That Christmas and will be based upon a kids’s book series by 4 Weddings and a Funeral Service’s scribe, Richard Curtis. The book series includes 3 books – The Empty Stocking, Snow Day, and That Christmas. The trilogy, which is set throughout the holiday, was highlighted by Rebecca Cobb. The seriously well-known book explores what occurs when Christmas customs are upturned and turmoil brings the household together.


The adjustment marks the function movie directorial launching of Simon Otto who is noteworthy for his work as the Head of Character Animation on How to Train Your Dragon. Otto’s resume consists of an outstanding 21 years at DreamWorks; in addition, he has actually won a Visual Results Society Award for his work as Head of Character Animation and Story Artist. Otto is signed up with by an amazing lineup of manufacturers and creatives that Locksmith professional has actually set. Working as manufacturers are Disney veteran Nicole P. Hearon (Moana) and Adam Tandy (The Thick of It). Locksmith professional’s Doug Ikeler (Open Season) is VFX manager, while Ashley Boddy (Ron’s Failed) will function as Head of Story. Sim Evan-Jones (The Chronicles of Narnia) is likewise onboard as Editor, Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn (Black Mirror) as Production Designer, Dave Edwardz (Star Wars IX: The Increase of Skywalker) as Head of Design, and Kapil Sharma (Giants) as the Animation Director.

That Christmas movie script is being composed by Curtis and Peter Souter. Cobb and Curtis will function as executive manufacturers together with Elisabeth Murdoch, Sarah Smith, Julie Lockhart, Bonnie Arnold, Peter Souter, and Colin Hopkins.

Attending to the upcoming animated function movie, Locksmith professional CEO, Natalie Fischer, launched a declaration stating: “We are happy to continue our collaboration with Oscar®-winning DNEG. DNEG Animation’s contribution to Ron’s Gone Wrong was integral to the film’s appeal to audiences, and we look forward to this new chapter.”

The president of DNEG Animation, Tom Jacomb, likewise mentioned, “We are thrilled to be working with Locksmith again for their second project, following the success of Ron’s Gone Wrong. I’ve been a huge fan of Simon Otto and all his work on the How To Train Your Dragon series, so I’m very excited to now be working with him in the director’s chair!”

At the minute, theres presently no release date for That Christmas on the books, however make sure to examine back in with Collider for updates on the task.