Rodriguez to Direct STX Entertainment’s Animated Film “Ugly Dolls”

Things are about to get a little Ugly for Robert Rodriguez

The 48-year-old Mexican American filmmaker will direct STX Entertainment’s animated Ugly Dolls, based on the children’s toys, which the company has long planned as the film to launch its family and animation division.

Robert Rodriguez

The movie will be released on May 10, 2019.

The dolls were created by David Horvath via his company Pretty Ugly LLC and have taken off in popularity in Asia.

Rodriguez, now better known for darker films like Sin CityEl MariachiDesperadoMachete and From Dusk Till Dawn, was the creative force behind the big-screen family-friendly Spy Kids franchise 

He’s known for pushing the envelope and trying new techniques whether its the graphic novel-like animation/live-action of Sin City or the digital eye candy of Spy Kids. He also did The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3D back in 2005.

Rodriguez actually started out as a cartoonist and had a comic strip called Los Hooligans for his high school newspaper, the Daily Texan at St. Anthony’s in Austin. He also drew political cartoons and then started making short films.

Rodriguez, as previously reported, will direct 20th Century Fox’s Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 film.

Rodriguez Launching Animation Studio

Robert Rodriguez may soon become the Latino Walt Disney

The 43-year-old Mexican-American filmmaker—who recently announced an English-language general entertainment network aimed at Latino audiences—is launching Quick Draw Animation, an animation studio to be based in Austin, TX.

Quick Draw Animation, a partnership with London-based VMG Entertainment, will allow Rodriguez to develop, produce and green-light animated film and television projects.

“I started my career as a cartoonist when I created the Los Hooligans comic strip. It is nice to come full circle and return to animation,” says Rodriguez. “Quick Draw Animation will give me a whole new set of tools to create fantastic characters and to tell great stories.”

“We are thrilled to be working with a filmmaker of Robert Rodriguez’s caliber and stature,” said VMG Entertainment Chairman Mr. Ramkhumar Narasimhan. “Robert has created significant franchises such as The Mexico Trilogy, Sin City, Spy Kids and the Machete films; his prolific output and visual storytelling make animation a great fit for him.”

Quick Draw Animation has already started developing two animated features, each expected to start production in the next year. One of the new company’s first projects is a family focused animated feature; the other is the multi-media realization of Heavy Metal inspired by the cult animated film and long running magazine. Rodriguez teased the audience with a glimpse of what the next generation of Heavy Metal will look like at last year’s Quick Draw Comic-Con presentation.