Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers

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Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers
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Belgian theatrical film poster
Directed by Mark Mertens
Wim Bien
Produced by Eric Wirix
Written by Dirk Nielandt
Guy Mortier
Eric Wirix
Starring Dutch version voices:
Frank Lammers
Jeroen van Koningsbrugge
Pierre Bokma
Kees Boot
Raymonde de Kuyper
Marijn Klaver
Nanette Drazic
Music by Ian Marien
Cinematography Eric Wirix
Edited by Mark Mertens
Wim Bien
Skyline Entertainment
CoBo Fonds
Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO)
Studio Vandersteen
Standaard Uitgeverij
Cotoon Studio
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Distributed by Bridge Entertainment Group
Release dates
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Running time
86 minutes
Country Belgium
Language Dutch
Budget €9 million
Box office €237,500

Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers (original title Suske en Wiske: De Texas Rakkers, also released as Spike and Suzy: The Texas Rangers) is a 2009 Belgian-Luxembourgish-Dutch CGI animated western comedy adventure film released on 21 July 2009 as the first of it kind to be created in Belgium in a projected 13 animated films, at a rate of one per year. The film is based on the Belgian comic book characters Luke and Lucy (published in English as Spike and Suzy and Willy and Wanda).[1][2] The film is directed by Mark Mertens and Wim Bien, and produced by Skyline Entertainment, in partnership with CoToon, LuxAnimation, BosBros, and WAT Productions.[1][2][3][4] The film was first announced in a 1 July 2005 press release. The Flanders Audiovisual Fund announced on 20 April 2006 that it would provide €12,500 for script development, and a further €237,500 was announced in September 2007 for production of the film.[5] The total budget of the film is €9 million,[6] making it the most expensive Flemish-Belgian film to date. Character voices for the Flemish version are being provided by Staf Coppens (Suske), Evelien Verhegge (Wiske), Lucas Van Den Eynde (Lambik), Sien Eggers (Sidonie) and Filip Peeters (Jerom).[7] Character voices for the Dutch version are being provided by Frank Lammers, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Pierre Bokma, Kees Boot, Raymonde de Kuyper, Marijn Klaver, and Nanette Drazic.[1][2] Voice recording for the Dutch version of the film took place from 23 February until 6 March 2009 in Cinemeta Amsterdam.[1][2] Voice actors for the English version were Guilherme Apolonio (Luke), (Chloe Dolandis) (Lucy), Gregg Weiner (Ambrose), Sally Bondi (Aunt Sybil), Ken Clement (Wilbur), Todd Durkin (Professor Barnabas), (Billy Ray Cyrus) (Sheriff Cooper/Jim Parasite), Aubrey Shavonn (Miss Missy), James Keller (Ranger Tom), Dave Dreisin (Theodore & Theophil Boomerang), Carlos Alayeto (Manuel), (Paul Homza) (Rick), (Scott Genn) (Bill Buster), and Barry Tarallo (Jules).


Luke and Lucy find out that a masked villain called JP has kidnapped and shrunk all the Texas Rangers. They leave for Dark City, Texas with their friends and settle in the Texas Rangers' HQ. It quickly becomes clear that they are not welcome. JP terrorizes the city and has spies everywhere. The saloon dancer Miss Missy decides to join Luke and Lucy in their fight against JP, but Aunt Sybil doesn't trust her and suspects that she is secretly in cahoots with JP. Is she jealous of Ambrose (Frank Lammers) and Wilbur's (Kees Boot) interest in Miss Missy? Luke and Lucy don't trust the Sheriff or the grocer, Theodore, who acts suspiciously. After a confrontation with JP, Luke and Lucy realize that the Sheriff's cast is fake, and they discover that a closet in Miss Missy's hotel room is filled with weapons. Who is the real culprit?



In January 14, 2009, it was announced that Mark Mertens and Wim Bien would direct a 2009 Belgian-Luxembourgish-Dutch computer animated western comedy adventure theatrical released film titled Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers which would be released in cinemas in July 21, 2009 in Belgium and July 23, 2009 in the Netherlands. Eric Wirix would produce and write the movie with the budget of €9 million. Dirk Nielandt and Guy Mortier would also write the movie. It was also announced that Frank Lammers, Kees Boot, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Pierre Bokma, Raymonde de Kuyper, Marijn Klaver and Nanette Drazic would star in the movie. Bridge Entertainment Group acquired distribution rights to the film. Ian Marien would compose the music for the movie. Skyline Entertainment, CoBo Fonds, Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO), Studio Vandersteen, Standaard Uitgeverij, Cotoon Studio, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and LuxAnimation would also produce the movie. The movie's soundtrack contains "Land of Milk and Honey" performed by The Flying Carrots and Arno, "Yellow Rose" performed by Maurane & Beverly Jo Scott, "Bad Girl" performed by Beverly Jo Scott and "Dat Ben Jij" performed by Jim Bakkum.


The film was theatrically released on July 21, 2009 by Bridge Entertainment Group and was released on DVD and blu-ray on February 22, 2011 by Bridge Entertainment Group.


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