Justin and the Knights of Valour 3D
Justin and the Knights of Valour is a heart-warming tale about friendship, honour and courage, which sees a young boy become a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.
Justin is a 28 M$ animated 3D stereoscopic feature film now under production at Kandor Graphics (Grenada, Spain). Directed by Manual Sicilia (Oscar-nominated producer of the short animation film The Lady and The Reaper), the movie will be released on August 23 ,2013.
The English-language voice cast includes Antonio Banderas (also in the coproduction), Freddie Highmore, Saoirse Ronan, Alfred Molina, Mark Strong and Rupert Everett. The Spanish-language cast is set to be announced and it will also have Banderas on board.
Justin (Freddie Highmore) lives in a kingdom where bureaucrats rule and knights have been ousted. He wants to be a knight but his father, Reginald (Alfred Molina), the chief counsel to the Queen(Olivia Williams), wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer. In need of guidance, Justin visits his grandmother (Julie Walters), who tells him the story of his Grandfather, Sir Roland.
Sir Roland was the noblest knight in the kingdom and protector of the King until they were both betrayed and killed by the evil sir Heraclio (Mark Strong). Against his father’s wishes, Justin runs away in search of his dream and begins his quest to become a Knight. At The Broken Eagle Inn he meets Talia (Saoirse Ronan), a beautiful, feisty and independently-minded girl, who shares his aspirations and whom he eventually falls for. He also meets a quirky wizard called Melquiades (David Walliams) who tells him where he can find the magical Abbey where the Knights of Valour once trained. At the Abbey, he is mentored by three ancient monks.
Blucher (James Cosmo) instructs him in knightly ways; Legantir (Charles Dance) teaches him there is still magic in the world; and Braulio (Barry Humphries) who creates magical contraptions, and is responsible for Gustav the gas-powered wannabe-dragon crocodile.
Justin, though an unlikely candidate for knighthood, is determined to pursue his ideals. Called upon to prove himself when Heraclio and his minions, lead by Sota (Rupert Everett), return and threaten the kingdom, Justin saves the day.
Justin and the Knights of Valour is distributed by Timeless Films (UK) as an adventure “full of joy, action and emotion in a story that crosses friendship, honour and courage” and has already been sold to over 120 territories, including UK, China or Russia. Spanish distribution is managed by Sony Pictures Releasing.
The film is currently on post production in Andalusia. Allwood Meditearráneo Producciones is involved in the production and has finance from Green Moon, Junta de Andalucia and Banco Mare Nostrum.
KANDOR Graphics was founded in 1992 by a group of talented young engineers and innovative technical experts with the vision of bringing that magic into the animation world. The uniqueness of this company and the team can be felt in their films. KANDOR Graphics’ work environment is a perfect combination of incredible creative and aesthetic animation talent who utilise state of the art technology and software developed in house.