STX Nabs Animated Pic 'Playmobil: The Movie' for U.S. Release

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Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Jim Gaffigan lead the voice cast for the movie, which is set for a theatrical release later this year.

STXfilms has partnered with ON Animation Studios to pick up U.S. distribution rights for the animated adventure Playmobil: The Movie.

Open Road Films earlier held all U.S. distribution rights to the feature film based on the German toy line before the Hollywood mini-studio hit the skids and had its assets sold off.

Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor, Kenan Thompson, Adam Lambert, Jim Gaffigan, Anya Taylor Joy and Gabriel Bateman lead the voice cast for the movie, which was directed by animation veteran Lino DiSalvo (Frozen, Tangled, Bolt) and written by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland.

Playmobil: The Movie is a comedy adventure where younger brother Charlie (Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into a magical animated universe of Playmobil, and unprepared Marla (Taylor Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home, teaming up with some unlikely and heroic new friends along the way.

"Playmobil: The Movie is an action-packed animated adventure led by a fantastic cast and the inimitable Lino DiSalvo,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said Thursday in a statement.

"Rodolphe Buet and I are very excited to partner with Adam and his team at STX to enable American audiences to discover this great movie full of surprises, inventive comedy and memorable songs.” Aton Soumache, chairman of ON Animation Studios, added in his own statement.

Playmobil: The Movie is an ON Animation Studios production, with Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb, Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman sharing producer credits. 

STX’s Jordan Lichtman and Carolyn Steinmetz negotiated the deal with Buet from On Animation on behalf of the studio.

STXfilm is planning a theatrical release later this year.