Edinburgh cartoon apocalypse film seeks funding

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Little creatures bring carnage to the Capital on a scale not even the trams could match . . . but don’t panic, the invaders are merely the cartoon stars of new film Toonocalypse by Edinburgh-based The 2D Workshop production company.

Described as “Cloverfield meets Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, the short animation follows university students John and Michael after the arrival of the colourful monsters – or toons.

The monsters cause a plane to crash on George IV Bridge. Picture: contributed

The monsters cause a plane to crash on George IV Bridge. Picture: contributed

After initially adapting well to life in Scotland, the ruthless invaders go on to cause utter devastation.

Writer and director Owen Rixon, 26, came up with the idea three years ago while at the Edinburgh Film Festival. He said: “We got thinking of ideas for a film we could do on a small budget and came up with Toonocalypse. We thought the best way to do it was to make these characters look cute and comedic and not what you’d expect to see in a monster film.

“They’re something you might see a toddler playing with, but in the end they suddenly start invading earth.

“It’s kind of comedy that doesn’t need written in – it just looks entertaining.”

Early snippets of the planned 15-minute film show backdrops of mass-destruction – including a crashed plane on George IV Bridge.

Various Capital landmarks such as the Crags, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street and Calton Hill will feature as real people go head-to-head with two-dimensional aliens.

Production is due to start next year, provided funding is secured, with the 2D team planning to spend two days filming before a huge editing and animation job gets under way.

Former Edinburgh College of Art student Owen – who won a Scottish New Talent Bafta and an animation award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for his degree film Welcome to Twister – hopes this will be an even bigger smash.

He said: “I want to send it off to as many festivals across the world as I can and hopefully use it as a profile booster.”