Christmas just got a lot merrier as two of Nigeria’s biggest movie stars Ayo ‘AY’
Makun and Omoni Oboli have been unveiled as part of the elite voice cast of the
movie “Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer” featuring Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) and
Hollywood greats Morena Baccarin (Deadpool 1&2, Homeland), top comedian and ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham and Emmy and Tony award winning Martin Short and
John Cleese which is set for a December 14th holiday-season release in cinemas
across Nigeria, distributed by FilmOne.
Award-winning writer and director, Jennifer Westcott directed this story about a
determined miniature horse who travels to the North Pole with his pal Hazel the goat
to win a spot on Santa’s celebrated sleigh team.
The inclusion of these stars announces a new era of collaboration across Nigeria
and hopefully other territories across Africa. The collaboration came about through
Studio partners based in South Africa after seeing the need for two worlds to come
together and make cinematic history.
Speaking on the development, Empire Entertainment the license holder of “Elliott:
The Littlest Reindeer”, expressed their excitement in exploring how this new
opportunity can both encourage and open new avenues for future collaboration.
Kene Okwuosa and Moses Babatope, the Directors at FilmOne Distribution and
Production, who contributed majorly to this collaboration and currently working on
future alliances stated how pleased they are to be distributing the movie even more
so because of the inclusion of the Nollywood cast in the project. “AY and Omoni are
two very talented/ground breaking Actors and Producers who we have had been
very fortunate to work with on varied projects; it was only a natural fit for this
especially with 2 actors which such strong family values and family is very important
to us at FilmOne. Their inclusion as part of the cast for this movie portends great
things for future collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood” said Moses.
“Decisions and collaborations like these further show how much the world looks at
Nollywood and how it is continuously making its mark. We hope for this to be a
stepping stone for more to come” said Kene.
Speaking on their involvement with the project, Ay and Omoni both expressed their
delight, as parents themselves, at being a part of a project that was sure to bring
some of that Christmas cheer to not just children but also all lovers of animated
movies in Nigeria and also something the family can share together this holiday
season. They would like to encourage families to come together and see this great
movie this season.
Elliott: The Littlest Reindeer’ centres around Blitzen- one of Santa’s sleigh pulling
reindeers- announcing his retirement on December 21, giving a miniature horse
three days to fulfil his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s sleigh during the
North Pole try-outs in time for Christmas eve; Elliott and his friend Hazel set out to
prove that no dream is too big if you believe in yourself.
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