Dark Horse's 'Beasts of Burden' comic book to become animated feature
Cartoon Brew has announced that Dark Horse’s Beasts of Burden comic book by Evan Dorkin (writer) and Jill Thompson (artist) is being developed into a CGI animated feature film by the Reel FX Creative Studios in Los Angeles and Dallas. The feature is to be written by Darren Lemke, directed by Shane Acker (director of darkly depressing post-Apocalypse animated feature 9), and co-produced by Reel FX’s Aron Warner and Dark Horse’s publisher Mike Richardson and Andrew Adamson of Strange Weather Films (director of the first two Shrek and first two Chronicles of Narnia movies).
While the history of animated feature films is replete with movies featuring talking dogs and other animals, there are relatively few starring four-legged “natural” dogs (Disney’s Lady and the Tramp and Amblimation’s Balto come to mind), and virtually none with serious suspense/horror plots.
No other details are released yet. Reel FX has two other animated features in production at the moment, Turkeys based on Jimmy Howard’s buddy comedy about two odd-couple time-traveling turkeys, and the non-anthro Book of Life by Jorge R. Gutierrez, both announced for a 2014 release. But considering the track record of all involved, Beasts of Burden is a CGI fantasy feature that Furry fans can eagerly look forward to.