An Indian Fantasy Production Information
In 1937, animator and designer Anthony (Tibor) Gross visited American producer Hector Hoppin in Switzerland - both had worked previously on "La Joie de Vivre" (1934) and "Fox Hunt" (1937)- to prepare a scenario for an animated, color feature adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, which would have been the first animated cartoon feature film to be produced in Britain. In 1938, an international team comprised of Gross, Hoppin, David Patee, Hungarian Laszlo Meitner, composer Tibor Harsanyi, Russian cameraman Kostia Tchikine and others established itself in Paris to produce the first French feature-length colour animated film, financed by Alexander Korda (London Films). In 1939, Around the World gouaches were exhibited at the City of Paris' Petit Palais Exhibition, but World War II broke up the team, and the company disappeared. All traces of the work were believed to have been lost until fragments were rediscovered in a musty projection room at the National Film Theatre in London in 1956. A reel of negatives from the London lab of Technicolor was all that remained. With the assistance of the British Film Institute's Experimental Production Fund, contributing some transitional scenes, such as animated diagrams of the voyage through the Suez Canal, it was possible to construct a usable and coherent film. The film was retitled "An Indian Fantasy" for copyright reasons.
Alternate Title: "Around The World In 80 Days."
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