Shout! Factory Picks Up Animated Feature 'Long Way North'

Long Way North Still - H 2016
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Long Way North Still - H 2016

The French movie won the audience award in Annecy and will get a fall 2016 theatrical release stateside.

Shout! Factory has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Long Way North, a hand-drawn animated feature by director Rémi Chayé.

Shout! plans a fall 2016 theatrical release after the movie has its North American premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The U.S. strategic rollout will include releases on the broadcast, VOD, digital and home entertainment platforms.

Long Way North is produced by veteran animated feature makers Sacrebleu Productions (Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage), Maybe Movies (Ernest & Celestine) and Norlum Studios (Song of the Sea). The feature, set in 1882 St. Petersburg, follows a young Russian aristocrat on an epic adventure to discover what happened to her grandfather so she can save her family's reputation.

Long Way North has an English and French voice cast that includes Peter Hudson, Tom Perkins, Gabriel Le Doze and Boris Rehlinger. The U.S. deal with Urban Distribution International follows Shout! earlier picking up another foreign animated feature for the U.S. market, CarpeDiem Film & TV’s Snowtime!

That Canadian film features the voices of Sandra Oh and Ross Lynch and premiered in Sundance. Long Way North debuted in Annecy, where it won the audience award.

Urban Distribution has already sold the animated feature to over 25 territories, including France, UK, Canada and Korea. The film will also be shopped at the Berlin Film Festival.

The U.S. deal was unveiled by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and Eric Schnedecker, head of sales and partner at Urban Distribution.