Vertical Entertainment has acquired Russian animated features The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice and Sheep and Wolves, produced by Wizart Animation, for theatrical and digital releases in the U.S.
Sheep and Wolves will have a limited day-and-date theatrical and VOD/digital release in the spring. The third installment of Wizart's Snow Queen franchise, loosely based on works by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, is tentatively scheduled for a release at the end of the year.
"We’re thrilled to partner again with Wizart and help share their creative vision for animated family films with audiences," said Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg.
Vertical also distributed the first installment of the Snow Queen franchise back in 2013-2014. The second installment was distributed in the U.S. and Canada by eOne.
The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice was released in Russia by Universal in December 2016 and grossed $5 million. Sheep and Wolves, released in April of the same year, took in $2.4 million in Russia. The first two installments of the Snow Queen franchise came out in Russia in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
So far, exhibition rights for The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice have been sold to more than 50 countries, including France, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, confirming the franchise's status of one of the most successful Russian animated projects on a global scale.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Feb. 15 daily issue at the Berlin International Film Festival.