Gkids Acquires Three Animated Features at Annecy

Now we know more about the Gkids upcoming Oscar slate: the indie distributor has been busy at Annecy this week, acquiring North American rights to Phantom Boy, Extraordinary Tales, and April and the Extraordinary World.

Phantom Boy, from directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol (the Oscar-nommed A Cat in Paris), to be released in spring 2016, is a New York-based animated crime thriller.  The film was produced by Jacques-Remy Girerd and Annemie Degryse, and is a co-production between Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinéma and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma.

Extraordinary Tales, written and directed by Raúl García, is an animated anthology of five Edgar Allen Poe faves (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death), featuring the voices of Sir Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and Guillermo Del Toro. Gkids plans a day-and-date release on Oct.30 in theaters and on VOD platforms.

The film is produced by Stephan Roelants, and co-produced by García, Rocio Ayuso, Serge Ume, and Isabelle Truc.

April and the Extraordinary World is from the producers of Oscar-nommed Persepolis and bestselling graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, featuring the voice of  Marion Cotillard as April. It’s an alternate history, steampunk adventure about a girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny, in a world where all scientists have been taken prisoner and technological progress has come to a standstill. It will be released early next year.

In this Paris, there are two Eiffel Towers and networks of cable cars zigzagging above the soot-covered streets. It’s directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, with graphic design by Jacques Tardi, and exec produced by Marc Jousset and Franck Ekinci. The film is a France-Canada-Belgium co-production between Je Suis Bien Content, Studiocanal, Kaibou Production UMT, Need Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Jouror Distribution, RTBF (télévision belge), Proximus and Tchack.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers, VFX

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