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An animated sci-fi fantasy, Esluna: The World Beyond is about Ruby, a teenage girl whisked away from a world of global war by one of her father’s inventions to the fantastical world of Esluna, where she is part of a prophecy that will liberate its citizens from a despotic queen and herald the return of Esluna’s god… her father. Aided on her journey by a mercenary, a monk, and a bionic teddy bear, Ruby must evade capture from the queen, and follow the clues of the prophecy to try to reunite with her father and find a way home. We envision Esluna as a modern, adventurous twist on stories like The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, The Witch and Wardrobe, married with the sci-fi sensibilities of Planet of the Apes and the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Drawing inspiration from the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, we aspire to evoke a terrific sense of wonder, from the world to the mythology, by utilizing a variety of unique visual landscapes, old world spirituality, and retro-futuristic technology. Tinged with pathos and dark mystery, Esluna explores themes of family, love, and being greater than yourself.
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Currently, director Denver Jackson is finishing production on a prequel web series to Esluna: The World Beyond. Funded by Telus Storyhive, The First Monolith takes place 50 years before the events of Esluna: The World Beyond. You can read a little more about it in our Visual Treatment document, and watch the teaser below.