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'Dogtanian And The Three Muskehounds' Movie in The Works

Dogtanian And The Three Muskehounds is one of the most fondly remembered cartoons of its era. The Spanish-Japanese co-production based on the Alexandre Dumas novels aired in more the 150 countries. It proved particularly popular in the UK, where its incredibly catchy theme song has topped numerous polls.

There have been rumblings of a possible revival since about 2016. However, now it seems that Dogtanian is indeed coming back- and he's heading for the big screen. The movie adaptation was revealed ahead of a presentation at the 3D Wire festival in Segovia, Spain, by director Toni Garcia.

The film will be produced in CG, but will feature 2D flashback sequences that are intended to pay tribute to the original series. It will be "full of action and humour" and is based on a script by American Doug Langdale (co-writer of The Book Of Life and Puss in Boots TV).

The producers have even enlisted the help of the Association of Musketeers of Navarre to help ensure that the sword-fighting in the film is authentic.

The new version is set to stay pretty true to the original in spirit and design, as shown in the beautiful concept art. However, one area the remake will hope to improve on the original is in terms of roles for its women characters who were very underserved in the 80s version.

The original series was a Japan/Spain co-production (with the animation produced in Japan). This time around. the animation is being produced by Spanish-based Apolo Films, but they are currently seeking an "Asian partner who wants to co-produce the film." The budget is projected to exceed 7 million Euros.

The project is in its early stages and if all goes to plan, it is anticipated to be released at the end of 2020.

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