Coppelia, a sumptuous cinematic experience combining animation and ballet, will be released on all major digital platforms and in a Blu-ray + DVD combo on October 19 from Shout! Factory. Bonus features on the Blu-ray + DVD combo include a look behind the scenes with star Michaela DePrince, and interviews with the cast and filmmakers from the Annecy Festival.
The innovative family feature is a twist on a story that was first made into a ballet in 1870, combining enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia. With a diverse and world-class cast, this unconventional adaptation of Coppelia sees Dr. Coppelius as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz in danger.
Modern and fast paced, the dialogue-free film features a blend of musical influences from classical to electronic, bringing the story to life like never before. As the townspeople come to learn, in the age of social media and an increasingly image conscious culture – it’s never been more important to be yourself.
Ballet superstar, author and inspirational activist DePrince (Beyoncé’s Lemonade, First Position) as Swan leads a stellar cast, including one of the world’s most in-demand principal dancers, Daniel Camargo (Franz), alongside international dance stars Vito Mazzeo (Dr. Coppelius), Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov and Darcey Bussell in this visually opulent fairy tale, based on the works of author/composer E.T.A. Hoffmann.
The film’s crew includes the award-winning directing team of Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur, Emmy-nominated composer Maurizio Malagnini, award-winning choreographer and artistic director of Dutch National Ballet Ted Brandsen, and director of photography Tristan Oliver BSC (Fantastic Mr. Fox, ParaNorman, Loving Vincent).
Read more about Coppelia in Animation Magazine‘s interview with the directors here.