Cool Beans

Richard Claus

Joop Geesinkweg 501, 1114 AB Amsterdam-Duivendrecht

Cool Beans BV is a sister company of producer Richard Claus’ Comet Film (Germany) and the recently founded animation studio Katuni (Amsterdam).

Cool Beans and Comet have produced many award winning feature films mostly as international co-productions, including Mute Witness, An American Werewolf in Paris, The Little Vampire, The Thief Lord, Black Butterflies and The Price of Sugar and most recently An Act of Defiance (2016).

Their recent animated films are The Little Vampire 3D (2017) in co-production with A. Film (Denmark) and Ainbo (2020) in co-production with Tunche Films (Peru). Both films where co-financed by CMG Cinema Management Group and successfully sold around the world.

Coming next from Cool Beans and Katuni is Panda Bear in Africa, which is currently in development, continuing the successful cooperation with A. Film and CMG.


Panda Bear in Africa

Director: Richard Claus & Karsten Kiilerich. Screenwriter:Richard Claus & Karsten Kiilerich, Robert Sprackling. Cast: TBD. Country: NL/DK/DE. Co-producer: A. Film (DK), Comet Film (DE). Status: In development. Release: end of 2022. Sort: feature length animation. Duration: 88 min. Genre: Family Entertainment, Comedy. Distribution/Sales: CMG Cinema Management Group (international sales)

A fun and adventurous young Panda travels from China to Africa to rescue his best friend, Jielong the Dragon, who has been kidnapped. On his journey he discovers a world completely unknown to him and faces frightening hippos, suspicious hyenas and wise gorillas. Relying on his wits (and some new found friends) he makes his way across Africa, before rescuing Jielong and saving his new friends' jungle home. A family entertainment comedy, a fish out of water/coming of age story.

AINBO – Spirit of the Amazon

Directors: José Zelada, Richard Claus. Screenwriters: Brian Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, Richard Claus, Larry Wilson. Cast: tba. Country: NL/US/PE. Co-producers: Tunche Films (PE), CMG (US), Epic (PE). Status: production. Sort: feature-length animation. Duration: 84 min. Genre: adventure, children. Distribution/Sales: Cinema Management Group.

Ainbo was born and grew up in the deepest jungle of the Amazon. One day she discovers that her homeland is being threatened by illegal and ruthless mining. Using the help of her spirit guides Vaca and Dillo she embarks on a journey to save her land and save her people before it’s too late.