AFM: Blue Dream's Animated 'Animal Crackers' Sells Wide (Exclusive)
The feature stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen and Slyvester Stallone.
Animal Crackers — the upcoming animated release voiced by Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen and Slyvester Stallone — has been snapped up by hungry buyers across the globe.
Australian sales outfit Odin’s Eye announced Sunday that the Blue Dream Studios feature — co-directed by Tony Bancroft (Mulan) and creator Scott Christian Sava — had been captured for Russia and the Baltics (All Media), India (Pictureworks), Turkey (The Moments) and South Africa (MNet), alongside much of Eastern Europe, Iceland, Israel and the Middle East.
The film has been secured by eOne for the U.K and Canada, while China Film Group is bringing it to the world’s second-biggest box office and Entermode will distribute in Korea. Domestic rights are yet to be announced.
The film, which was produced at Blue Dream Studios’ facilities in Spain, sees Blunt and Krasinski voice a couple who inherit a rundown circus and with it a mysterious box of animal-shaped cookies that possess magical powers. Delivery is expected in September 2016 for an early 2017 release.
"Animal Crackers is to Blue Dream Studios as Toy Story was for Pixar two decades ago," said Michael Favelle of Odin’s Eye, which is also shopping Bad Cat, Arkie and Throne of Elves from its animated slate at AFM.