After the well-received first animated movie Nimona, Annapurna Animation has announced their next project as being a movie based on the successful 2022 indie video game Stray. The movie is said to be in active development. The game is about a stray cat who travels around an underground cyberpunk city populated by robots and mutant bacteria, as the player playing the cat solves puzzles and avoids danger with the help of a friendly drone named B-12.
Trailer of the Stray indie game:
Since the closure of Blue Sky in April 2021, Annapurna created their own animation division last year with the animation division being led by former Disney animation and Blue Sky executives Robert Baird and Andrew Millstein. Their first feature was Nimona, which was previously lost under Blue Sky Studios.
In speaking with EW, Robert Baird talked about the thought process surrounding the upcoming Stray feature by saying, “This is a game that’s all about what makes us human, and there are no humans in it. It’s a buddy comedy about a cat and a robot, and there’s such a hilarious dynamic. So, there’s comedy inherent in this, but there’s not one human being in this movie. I think it’s one of the reasons why the game was incredibly popular, that you are seeing the world through the point of view of an adorable cat. How did they pull that off, and how are we going to pull that off in the movie? We will, even though sometimes it feels impossible, but we know that’s the essence of the game and the key to telling the story.”
Baird added that there is “something so emotional” that the creators are trying to capture when adapting the game to film. Bluetwelve, a French company that had developed Stray, described the game as having a “sort of hopepunk vibe”, a narrative concept that optimism is a form of resistance.
“I love that term, hopepunk. I think, if we are going to do this adaptation justice, this is going to be the first and greatest hopepunk movie that’s ever been made,” said Baird.
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