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DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced that Tony Award nominee Josh Gad (Love and Other Drugs), who currently appears on Broadway inÂ The Book of Mormon, will star as Stanley,Â Bill HaderÂ (Saturday NightÂ Live,Â Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) as his shadow, and Academy-Award nomineeÂ Kate HudsonÂ (Almost Famous, Something Borrowed)Â as Heidi inÂ Me &Â My Shadow, coming to the big screen onÂ November 13, 2013.
In this original feature film conceived at DreamWorks Animation, the studio will pioneer a groundbreaking combination of both CG and traditional animation techniques, which will be used seamlessly to create a never-before-seen movie experience.
Animation veteran Alessandro Carloni,Â who most recently served as head of story on DreamWorks Animation’s Academy Award-nominatedÂ How to Train Your Dragon, will make his directorial debut onÂ Me &Â My ShadowÂ .Â Melissa CobbÂ (Â Kung Fu PandaÂ ,Â Kung Fu PandaÂ 2) will produce andÂ Jeff HermannÂ (Â Kung Fu PandaÂ ,Â Kung Fu PandaÂ 2) will co-produce.Â Tom J. AstleÂ and Matt Ember (Get Smart) are writing the screenplay. The original script was written byÂ Steve BencichÂ andÂ Ron J. Friedman.
“The hilarious chemistry between Josh Gad,Â Bill HaderÂ andÂ Kate HudsonÂ couldn’t be more exciting to watch as they bring to life our trio of lead characters inÂ Me &Â My ShadowÂ ,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative OfficerÂ Bill Damaschke. “Alessandro has proven to be a creative genius at DreamWorks Animation for over a decade and we look forward with a huge amount of enthusiasm as he takes on his feature film directing debut with us.”
“I cannot begin to express my excitement over the opportunity to directÂ Me &Â My Shadow,Â an original movie that makes innovative use of both cutting edge CGI technology and time-honored animated techniques in an inventive new way,” added Carloni.
Prior to his work onÂ How to Train Your Dragon, Carloni worked with DreamWorks Animation in a number of capacities, including supervising animator on the Academy Award-nominatedÂ Kung Fu PandaÂ . Carloni joined DreamWorks Animation in 2002, bringing with him a wide variety of award-winning experience within the animation industry, creating feature and short animated films as well as commercials and music videos.
He has served as animator, co-director, animation director, sculptor, special effects supervisor, storyboard and visual development artist and designer throughout his career.
Me &Â My ShadowÂ reveals the once secret world of shadows and their human counterparts. Stan, our hero’s shadow, yearns for a more exciting life but happens to be stuck withÂ Stanley Grubb, a timid guy with an extreme aversion to adventure. When a crime in the shadow world puts both of their lives in danger, Stan is forced to take control of Stanley.
They go on a madcap adventure to investigate the crime and stop the shadow villain from leading a rebellion where shadows take over the human world. During this adventure, Stan empowers Stanley to let go of his fears and embrace life. Through their adventure, they both learn that one cannot be whole without a true friend.
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