4Kids Gets Arthur Sequel Licenses

4Kids Entertainment has acquired the licensing and merchandising rights for the Nordic territories to the upcoming animated feature films Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds.

The two films are sequels to the 2006 film Arthur and the Invisibles. Luc Besson directed the film, which featured the voices of Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow. It grossed $15 million in the United States, but was much more successful overseas and earned a worldwide gross of $113 million.

The licensing deal covers the territories of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard has a budget of $65 million and is set to open in the Nordic region on Dec. 4, 2009. Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds will follow in 2010.

‘We anticipate a very strong positive response to these sequels along with the wide range of licensed products we’ll bring to market in support of this franchise,’ said Sandra Vauthier-Cellier, Managing Director of 4Kids Entertainment International.