Lionsgate, Crest Team For “Norm of the North”

Lionsgate and Crest Animation Studios are teaming for their second project, the stereoscopic 3D animated family feature “Norm of the North” which will get an early 2012 release.

Steven and Daniel Altiere’s script centers on Norm, a Polar Bear who finds shelter in an abandoned research station when his Arctic home begins cracking and collapsing beneath him. He is accompanied by three Arctic Lemmings, sidekicks who instinctively copy Norm’s every move. As the polar ice caps continue mysteriously breaking apart, their temporary home is abruptly dislodged, setting Norm and the lemmings on a journey that ends in NYC. Here Norm is discovered by the head of a multinational company and becomes their mascot.

Suddenly Norm is living his performing dream as a dancing star. Unfortunately, he also soon learns the polar ice caps are continuing to break apart, and the people that made his dream come true are responsible. Norm knows he must stop them before they destroy his home, a realization that forces him to choose between life in the spotlight and his entire Polar Bear community.

The project is the second film in a three-picture deal between the studios, the first being “Alpha and Omega 3D” which is scheduled for release in October.