Papercutz recently partnered up with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to introduce fans to the animated hit film, “RIO” through an ongoing series of graphic novels. Papercutz is the industry’s leading children’s graphic novel publisher. The series will become available in March 2014 with the first book serving as a bridge between the original animated film and its highly anticipated sequel. RIO 2 will be arriving in theaters in April 2014.
Steven Petrucha will be writing the series and it will be illustrated by fan-favorite animation comics artist James Silvani, known for his work on “Darkwing Duck” and “Richie Rich.”
The first volume will be entitled, “Snakes Alive!” In the story, we catch up with Blu and Jewel, the last surviving Blue Spix Macaws, as they raise their kids in the Blu Bird Sanctuary near Rio de Janeiro. When the sanctuary is threatened by financial trouble, Blu and the gang embark on a quest deep into the jungle to find an ancient treasure that may save their home.
Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Retail, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products commented,
“Movie-goers around the world, both young and old, fell in love with Blu and Jewel. Through this special partnership with Papercutz, “RIO” will take on a new form for fans to enjoy in graphic novels. The creative team behind this series and the trusted publishing team at Papercutz will no doubt treat audiences to engaging and fun adventures with the lovable characters of the film franchise.”
Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup added,
“When I first saw ‘RIO’ a few years ago I was completely swept away, just like everyone else. The breathtaking vistas, the music, and Blu’s journey; all of it is amazing. The storytellers at Blue Sky Studios are so talented and we jumped at the chance to tell more tales in the rich world they’ve created.”
Look for the new line of graphic novels in March 2014 from Papercutz!