In production: Gooby

From Coneybeare Stories:

Coneybeare Stories Announces Production on NEW Family Entertainment Feature “Gooby”

  • Featuring Robbie Coltrane and Eugene Levy

Wilson Coneybeare, President of Coneybeare Stories Inc. (Monster Warriors, Time Blazers) announced today that principal photography on its new, live-action family entertainment feature, Gooby, commenced October 15th in Barrie, Ontario.

Filmed with a blend of live action and CGI, Gooby will feature the talents of Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter films, James Bond films, Cracker) as the voice of Gooby, Matthew Knight as the lonely, young boy, Willy, Eugene Levy (Bringing Down the House, American Pie, Best in Show, Ghostbusters) as Willy’s eccentric teacher, Mr. Fish and David James Elliott as Willy’s dad, Jack Dandridge. Gooby will receive worldwide distribution through Porchlight Entertainment’s Condor Releasing division and Canadian distribution through Seville Pictures.

Gooby, is the story of a boy named Willy and his beloved stuffed-toy monster, Gooby. When Willy moves into a new neighborhood and feels lost and alone, Gooby comes to life as a loveable 6-foot tall scraggly orange furry creature. Through their fun and often hair-raising experiences their friendship grows as Gooby teaches Willy the essentials of life. But life with Gooby is not all fun and games and when a fightbetween Willy and Gooby erupts and Willy’s dad comes to the rescue there is a revelation that surprises everyone. An endearing tale for the entire family to enjoy, Gooby was written by Wilson Coneybeare, who will also produce and direct the feature.

“After five years of writing, planning and pulling together all the production elements, I’m thrilled to see this project come to life,” said Coneybeare. “As with all of our projects, this film is privately financed and independently produced. The icing on the cake is to have both Seville Pictures and PorchLight Entertainment as our distribution partners.”

“Gooby is where Harvey meets Harry and the Hendersons,” said Ken DuBow, President of PorchLight Entertainment’s Condor Releasing Division. “Not only is it an engaging and entertaining film for children, it will also amuse and perhaps enlighten parents and audiences of all ages.”

Gooby is shooting on location in Barrie until December 1 and will be ready for delivery in Summer 2008.