10:30am PT by Carolyn Giardina
GKIDS Acquires 'The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales'
GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights to The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, co-directed by Benjamin Renner, who co-directed Oscar nominated 2012 animated feature Ernest & Celestine; and Patrick Imbert, animation director of Ernest & Celestine.
A fall qualifying run is planned for this year's Oscars, with a winter release to follow.
The new film, based on Renner's graphic novel, The Big Bad Fox, debuted last spring at Annecy and is a comedic story set on a farm that follows a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. The story is adapted for the big screen by Renner and Jean Regnaud and is the first feature produced by Didier Brunner's production company Folvari. Brunner produced Ernest & Celestine and GKIDS was its distributor.
The deal was negotiated by GKIDS' founder/CEO Eric Beckman and president David Jesteadt, and StudioCanal's Aska Yamaguchi. "The first time I saw The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, I left the theater grinning from ear to ear," Jesteadt said. “I’m thrilled to be able to share that experience with audiences across North America."
Since 2010, GKIDS has received eight Academy Award nominations in the best animated feature category. Its upcoming releases include The Breadwinner, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children and Mary and the Witch's Flower.