DNEG Animation to collaborate with Locksmith Animation on ‘That Christmas’

DNEG & Locksmith team up for new film following the success of 'Ron's Gone Wrong'

We are thrilled to share that DNEG Animation will be working once again with Locksmith Animation on the production of their next movie – That Christmas!

This is the second collaboration between Locksmith Animation and DNEG Animation, and follows our successful partnership on Locksmith’s debut film Ron’s Gone Wrong, which garnered multiple Annie Award nominations and was voted ‘Best Feature’ at the 2022 British Animation Awards.

That Christmas is based on the successful children’s book series by filmmaker Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Yesterday) and marks the feature film directorial debut of renowned character animation and story artist veteran Simon Otto (How to Train Your Dragon trilogy).

A first look at That Christmas
Locksmith’s CEO Natalie Fischer shared,
“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.”

DNEG Animation’s President Tom Jacomb said,
“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!”
Locksmith’s Co-Founder and President of Production Julie Lockhart shared,
 “It is a privilege to work with such a stellar team of animation veterans on our second movie alongside Simon Otto and Richard Curtis. By corralling their collective expertise, we are dedicated to creating a holiday film that families will enjoy for years to come.”

Read more about the news on The Hollywood Reporter. 

We’re so excited to see what our talented team come up with for this one. Watch this space!




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