Three-time Oscar nominated host and writer Tomm moore (The secret of Kells, Song of the sea, Wolf walkers) joined the team to bring the animated feature The inventor live. The film is directed by Ratatouille writer and head of history Jim Capobianco. Moore will direct the film’s 2D stop-motion footage, working alongside his frequent collaborator Fabian Erlinghäuser, who was an animator on Moore’s Wolf walkers, the Apple TV + film shortlisted for the Animated Film Oscar this weekend.
The inventor will include both 2D animation and puppet animation, with the puppet sequences to be directed by Capobianco, who also wrote the script. The $ 10 million film is now in pre-production. Voice distribution includes Stephen fry, Daisy ridley, Marion Cotillard, and Matt berry.
The story follows the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci, retracing how the insatiable and stubborn Italian inventor joins the French court, where he can freely experiment, invent flying contraptions, incredible machines, and study the human body. He is joined in his adventure by the daring Princess Marguerite, who will help him find the answer to the ultimate question: what is the meaning of all this?
Capobianco said of the collaboration:
“Tomm and I have been looking to work together for The secret of Kells and my short film Leonardo performed together in film festivals. It’s right to collaborate on The inventor, a film that combines both puppet animation and 2D drawn animation, and will require an exceptional talent like Tomm. The big vision being to make an animated film as if it were directed by Leonardo da Vinci himself.
The inventor is slated for release in spring 2023.