Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has taken all global rights to Blue Dream Studios’ animated feature Animal Crackers which premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival last June. The distributor is looking to release the movie some time next year.
The deal was negotiated by ESMP Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous, and filmmaker Scott Christian Sava’s Blue Dream Studios.
Directed by veteran animators Scott Christian Sava (Casper, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Tony Bancroft (Mulan, The Lion King), Animal Crackers follows the Huntington family as their lives are turned upside-down by a late distant relative who leaves behind an old traveling circus. With the help of magical animal crackers that turn the consumer into whatever animal they have eaten, lead characters ‘Owen’ and ‘Zoe’ (voiced by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt) attempt to bring the circus back to life. Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Harvey Fierstein, Wallace Shawn, Raven-Symoné, and Gilbert Gottfried also provide voices.
“Animal Crackers is a very entertaining and fun-filled animated feature,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Animal Crackers is the perfect family movie, and we are excited to bring it to audiences worldwide.”
ESMP took former Dimension title 47 Meters Down to $44M at the domestic box office over the summer. Up next are its TIFF acquisitions Hostiles starring Christian Bale, Chappaquiddick, as well as Rob Cohen’s The Hurricane Heist and the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller Replicas.