EXCLUSIVE: Grammy winner Marc Anthony and his team Magnus Studios join Sofia Vergara’s animated comedy, Koati.
The project’s soundtrack, produced by Latin music icon Anthony and produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Julio Reyes Copello, will include 10 original songs from notable names in Latin music and will be released on the Magnus / Sony Music Latin labels and distributed. by Sony Music Latin worldwide.
Produced by Upstairs Animation, Latin WE Productions and Los Hijos de Jack, Koati follows three unlikely heroes: Nachi, a free-spirited coatí; Xochi, a fearless monarch butterfly, and Pako, an overactive glass frog, as they embark on an adventure to stop an evil Coral Snake Zaina (Vergara) from destroying their homeland and friends in the rainforest.
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Simultaneously produced in English and Spanish, the vocal cast includes Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel), Joe Manganiello (Justice League), Eduardo Franco (Strange things) and actors / musicians Evaluna Montaner (Club 57) and Sebastián Villalobos (Soy Luna).
The film, due for release later this year, was developed by producer-creator Anabella Dovarganes-Sosa, executive producer-chief consultant on the story Melissa Escobar, and executive producer and lead actress Vergara. Luis Balaguer (Latin WE) and Felipe Pimiento (Magnus Studios) will also act as executive producers. Timeless Films manages sales.
Latin American talent crosses the project of director Rodrigo Pérez-Castro (Ferdinand), production designer and visual development artist Simón Varela (The world of Nemo), writer and cultural consultant Ligiah Villalobos (coco) and producer Julio Reyes Copello, who also composed the music for the film.
Marc Anthony said: “I am delighted to join Sofia on a project where for the first time a renowned team of Hispanic producers, music stars, comedians and actors come together outside of Hollywood to create a film. animation taking place in the tropical forests of Latin America, which I find really exciting and long overdue. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the music is authentic and celebrates the incredible story and message of Koati. It’s time to show the world and share what we Latinos have enjoyed for years in a very fun and inspiring movie.
Vergara added: “Koati is a beautiful animated film full of funny and exotic characters that will make you laugh and touch your heart as well. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Marc Anthony to bring this project to life with authentic and powerful Latin American music. Our team is very proud to finally share Koati with families from all over the world very soon!
Singer, songwriter, actor, record manager and television producer Anthony is the best-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The double Grammy and six-time Latin Grammy winner has sold over 12 million albums worldwide.