Tabaluga, the helpful little dragon, is coming to the big screen. Variety reports that Munich-based Global Screen has snapped up the global rights for the animated feature Tabaluga and will launch it at this month’s Film Market in Berlin.
The film tells the story of a brave little dragon, who, with the help of beautiful ice princess Lilli, finds his fire and the power of love, and succeeds in saving the world from a tyrannical snowman known as Arktos. Tabaluga is produced by Tempest Film Produktion und Verleih in co-production with Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion. Sven Unterwaldt (The 7th Dwarf) is the film’s director, and the feature is animated by Awesometown, Studio Rakete, Sophie Animation and Trixter.
Julia Weber, Global Screen’s head of theatrical sales and acquisitions noted, “Tabaluga is a daring adventure. It is highly emotional, gripping and entertaining. With its universal themes of budding first love, the thrilling fight against an oppressor, and the longing for freedom, Tabaluga will attract boys, girls and parents alike. We can’t wait to present first material to our buyers in Berlin.” Global Screen’s other animated features include Marnie’s World and Luis and the Aliens.
The movie is inspired by the popular Yoram-Gross (Flying Bark) series of the same name (1994-2004), which has aired in more than 100 territories around the world, including France (TF1), U.K. (Nickelodeon Europe), U.S. (Fox Family) and Australia (Fox Kids). Tabaluga is a hugely popular family brand in Germany, with hundreds of licensed products. The property was originally created by German singer Peter Maffay. Sony Pictures will release Tabaluga in Germany on Dec. 6, 2018.