ZAG has announced a new musical animated feature Ladybug & Cat Noir Awakening, based on the international hit TV series about a pair of teenage superheroes in Paris. The romantic fantasy-adventure will follow the duo as they embark on a quest that teaches the audience about family, relationships and responsibility. Six-time Grammy-winning producer/composer Harvey Mason Jr. (Dreamgirls) is composing the music; studio founder Jeremy Zag is directing. Sierra/Affinity has taken on sales at Cannes.
Sola Media has secured multiple international sales for its CG animated subconscious comedy Dreambuilders, directed by Kim Hagen Jensen from a script written with Soren Grinderslev Hansen, produced by Nynne Selin Eidnes for First Lady Film. The movie centers on a girl named Minna whose life is disrupted when her dad’s fiancée and her daughter Jenny move in. One night, Minna discovers she can enter a special world where she can manipulate Jenny’s dreams, with disastrous results. Dreambuilders has sold to Splendid (Germany, Benelux), Muse Animation Shanghai (China), Entermode (South Korea), BIM Distribuzione (Italy), CDC Intl. (Latin America), Kino Swiat (Poland), Filmarti (Turkey), Red Cape Distribution (Israel), Acme (Baltics), Pro Films (Bulgaria), Blitz (Ex-Yugoslavia) and Muse Communication (Hong Kong/Taiwan). The film opens in Denmark Feb. 6, 2020.
Global Screen announced new sales for Tabaluga, which has already been picked up in more than 50 territories. Viva Pictures Distribution has acquired all rights for the U.S. and Canada, while Yellow Mountain Studios has snagged all rights for China — releases are planned for the end of the year. Inspired by the successful German family brand created by singer Peter Maffay, the film follows a brave little dragon who finds his fire and saves the world from a tyrannical snowman with the help of a beautiful ice princess named Lilli. Tabaluga is based on a TV series of the same name that airs in more than 100 countries. The movie is directed by Sven Unterwaldt (The 7th Dwarf) and animated by Studio Rakete, Sophie Animation, Trixter and Awesometown, produced by Tempest Film in co-production with Deutsche Colombia Pictures and Yellow Mountain Studios. Previous distribution deals were inked with Signature Entertainment (U.K., Ireland), Flins & Piniculas (Spain), Voxell Baltic (Russia), Phars Filmco Motion Pictures (Middle East) and Yejilim Entertainment (South Korea). Sony released Tabaluga in Germany, grossing $3.82 million.
Filmax (Spain) has hatched strong presales for its 2019 novelty-song-inspired family flick Turu, the Wacky Hen, produced by Tandem Films, Gloriamundi Prod., A Fonsagrada Prod. (Spain), Pampa Films and Sono Film (Argentina). The CG project has been picked up by Total Film Content (CIS), Fox Vision (former Yugoslavia), Siyah Beyaz Film (Turkey), Empire Film (Romania, Hungary), Lightning McQueen (Vietnam), Kino Swiat (Poland), Cinemundo (Portugal), Selim Ramia Co. (Middle East) and a TBA mainland China partner. Filmax will open Turu in Spain in July.
[Sources: Variety, Deadline]