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With the help of an innocent clay giant, a young girl tries to free her kidnapped Father from his competitor, a viscous alchemist.
In the not so distant future, in a country under occupation, Sarah, the young daughter of a self-made scientist, inadvertently brings a clay man Jaco to life in her Father’s laboratory, where he tries to discover the secret of immortality in an attempt to save his wife, Sarah’s mother, who is dying to cancer. Too late. And as if life was not hard enough, Sarah also soon discovers her Father has been kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, an evil power hungry alchemist who will stop at nothing to gain the secrets of Jaco. Now, the clock is ticking and Sarah with a Jaco must enter a dangerous new world outside the safety of her family house to save her Father and defeat alchemist's own deadly clay monster Goliath. That is, if her gentle Jaco learns to overcome his inner fears.
Gentle Jaco is an adventure drama being inspired by personal perspectives and experiences of the author’s family relations and traditions, with careful attention given to our hero duo of Sarah, a nine year old girl, and the character of a clay giant Jaco, who is based on author's cousin Jan, who was born with Down syndrome. It is Jaco who serves as the emotional and humorous catalyst of the family relationships and the source of gentle humor in our storytelling. The project is an animated homage to hardships of every real family, through the eyes of a little girl Sarah, who becomes Jaco's guide through the confusing world. What she doesn't know yet, is that in the end the real guide in her family relations is Jaco himself. The story speaks of the power of family and its need for necessary identity as it weaves a deeply moving tale of reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness.
Anthony Ho Wong
Anthony Wong started as a computer engineer. Cal Arts accepted Anthony and that changed his life. For nine years, he worked for Disney feature animation as a character animator (Hunchback, Mulan, Hercules, Fantasia 2000, Tarzan, Emperors New Groove, Treasure Planet, and Home on the Range), and is currently working at Pixar. He jumps up and down everyday because he makes cartoons.
David Toušek studied in Seattle (US), returned to Prague and founded 3BOHEMIANS production with his brother Marek. Later advanced his animation and storytelling skills at The Animation Workshop in Viborg (Denmark). There he became an artist in residence with his first short film TELE-VISION and also got himself into story development. He leveraged this experience to establish the ANOMALIA PROGRAM in 2008, currently providing top story and art development labs for regional producers and their creative teams, mentored by professionals from Disney and Pixar. Produced and animated on several short films under his production. David often works as a character animator and an animation director on projects in development.
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