Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, the theatrical film distribution arm of comedian/producer Byron Allen’s company, has snapped up rights to CG animated family feature Animal Crackers from producer Blue Dream Studios. ESMP is planning a wide theatrical release for next year.
Animal Crackers tells the story of a family trying to save their run-down circus from a takeover by their evil uncle, Horatio P. Huntington. On their side is a magical box of Animal Crackers with very special properties: anyone who eats a cracker from the box turns into the animal it’s shaped like. The labor of love project directed by Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft (Mulan) made its film festival premiere in June at Annecy.
The voice cast is lead by real-life spouses John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, with Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone, Raven-Symoné, Patrick Warburton, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried and Harvey Fierstein.