Baum’s Santa Claus Gets CG Animated

Hyde Park Entertainment, Toonz Entertainment and Gang of 7 Animation are planning the CG-animated feature “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” reports Variety.

An adaptatation of the book by “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, the story follows Santa’s formative years, including a battle against the heart of evil that establishes the Santa mythology.

The film is expected to be ready for a holiday 2010 theatrical release. Tom Tataranowicz will direct with Rich Arons and Dick Sebast. Tataranowicz wrote the script with Mark Edward Edens.

Production begins in November at the Toonz Animation Studio in India.