Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted the official trailer for The Inventor, the independent labor-of-love feature film that fancifully reimagines the life of the quintessential Renaissance man: Leonardo da Vinci. As previously announced, the pic is due to enlighten U.S. cinemas on August 25.

Directed and written by Jim Capobianco, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Ratatouille, and co-directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon (Poppety in the Fall, The White Wolf), the stop-motion adventure features the voices of Stephen Fry as Leonardo da Vinci, Daisy Ridley as Princess Marguerite de Navarre, Marion Cotillard as Louise de Savoy, Gauthier Battoue as King Francis I and Matt Berry as Pope Leo X.

Synopsis: The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor/artist Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court where he can freely experiment, invent flying contraptions and incredible machines, and study the human body. Joined in his adventure by the audacious Princess Marguerite, Leonardo attempts to uncover the answer to the ultimate question: “What is the meaning of life?”

The film is written by Capobianco, who also serves as producer alongside Martin Metz, Adrian Politowski, Robert Rippberger and Ilan Urroz. Executive producers are Don Hahn, Nadia Khamlichi, Nessa McGill and Sierra Garcia. The core creative team also includes director of photography Marijke van Kets and composer Alex Mandel. Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore consulted on the film’s 2D animated segments, which were overseen by Hefang Wei and François-Marc Baillet. You can read about the making of this charming movie in the next issue of Animation Magazine.

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