South Korean Animated Film 'Back To The Jurassic' Hits U.S. Theaters

'Back to the Jurassic' P 2015
CJ Entertainment America

The dinosaur adventure, which features the voices of Melanie Griffith and Jane Lynch, will open across major American cities on June 12.

The South Korean animated feature Back to the Jurassic will open across major U.S. cities on June 12, CJ Entertainment America announced on Thursday.

The adventure film for children will hit screens in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington D.C., among other locations.

Co-directed by Yoon-suk Choi and John Kafka, the film features the voices of Melanie Griffith, Jane Lynch, William Baldwin and Rob Schneider.

The story is about a young boy, Ernie, his sister Julia and his best friend Max, who accidently turn on a time machine while playing in the workshop of Max's inventor father. The trio find themselves transported back in time 65 million years, where a doting dinosaur mom (Griffith) takes them under her wing.

Seoul-based animation studio Toiion developed the film targeting the international market. The ambitious project took six years and involved over 200 animators from near and far. It was released under the title Dino Time in South Korea and other countries in 2012.

CJ Entertainment, meanwhile, has been expanding its interest in the animation sector, and launched an animation business division specifically for the Chinese market earlier this year.

CJ Entertainment America began directly distributing films in the U.S. in 2009 and is one of the largest distributors of Asian films in the region. It handles around 20 to 24 titles per year and recently released the youth drama Twenty.