Charades Scores Flurry of Gross sales Throughout Status Animation Slate (EXCLUSIVE)
Charades, the Paris-based gross sales firm behind the Oscar-nominated “I Misplaced My Physique” and “Mirai,” has closed a raft of offers on high-profile animated options, together with “Little Nicholas” and “Marona’s Unbelievable Story.”
Anca Damian’s “Marona’s Unbelievable Story,” which world premiered in competitors ultimately 12 months’s Annecy Movie Pageant and was nominated on the European Movie Awards, portrays a canine who, reflecting again on her life, reminisces about her totally different properties and homeowners after being hit by a automotive.
Set for a North American launch later this 12 months with Gkids, “Marona’s Unbelievable Story” has been acquired by Japan (Riskit), Spain (Pack Magic), the Baltics (Scanorama), Taiwan (Sky Digi), China (Legend Movie), Poland (New Horizons), South Korea (Challan), Sweden (Triart) and Netherlands (Windmill). Damian’s followup to “Crulic: The Path to Past,” “Marona’s Unbelievable Story” is made with a spread of kinds, from expressionistic sketches to crayon drawings. “Marona’s Unbelievable Story” is produced by Aparte Movies, Sacrebleu Prods. and Minds Meet.
“‘Little Nicholas,’ ‘Marona’s Unbelievable Story’ and ‘Bigfoot Celebrity’ are totally different sorts of animated tasks which are giving unbiased distributors an nice various to studio-backed animated motion pictures,” stated Yohann Comte, co-founder of Charades, who’s attending the EFM with “Even Mice Belong in Heaven,” a stop-motion puppet animation challenge based mostly on a bestseller.
Comte described “Marona” as a slow-burner that has continued to lure patrons, lots of that are specialised in animation, after its world premiere at Annecy, whereas “Little Nicolas,” one other auteur-driven characteristic however extra mainstream, has already pre-sold to many territories and is anticipated to be delivered within the spring of 2020.
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Like “Marona,” “Little Nicholas” will seemingly bow at a pageant, stated Comte, who added that the corporate shall be investing extra in animated characteristic going ahead, and shall be approaching board as co-producers, on prime of repping worldwide rights. “We’ll at all times be certain that to have an eclectic lineup of animated options in order that they don’t cannibalize and have tasks which are pushed by auteurs who’ve a voice and a mode,” stated Comte, citing the Oscar-nominated “I Misplaced My Physique” by Jérémy Clapin, and Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” as examples.
“Little Nicholas,” in the meantime, is a hand-drawn animated characteristic challenge based mostly on the favored sequence of French youngsters’s books from the ’60s. The characteristic is being directed by Gilles de Maistre (“Mia and the White Lion”) and Amandine Fredon. Charades has bought it to South Korea (A-One), Czech Republic & Slovakia (Aero & Mozinet), Center East (Empire), Greece (Feelgood), Switzerland (Impuls), Portugal (Lusomundo), Poland (Monolith), Taiwan (Proview), Russia (Volga), Turkey (Yeni Movies) and Ex-Yugoslavia (2i).
“Little Nicholas” being produced by French animation powerhouse On Leisure (“The Little Prince”), in co-production with Foliascope (“The Tower”), Luxembourg outfit Bidibul Prods. (“A Cat in Paris”) and Canada’s Kaibou.
Charades has additionally closed a flurry of pre-sales on the 3D animated characteristic “Bigfoot Celebrity,” the sequel to “Son of Bigfoot,” directed by Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson. The film was picked up for Latin America (CDC), Italy (Koch Media), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (Wing Sight), Turkey (Ozen), Malaysia (Metropolis), Taiwan (Avjet) and French-speaking Africa (Movies 26). Budgeted at greater than $20 million, “Bigfoot Celebrity” is predicated upon an authentic story by Stassen, and was written by Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker (“Escape From Planet Earth,” “The Nut Job 2”). “Son of Bigfoot” was launched internationally in 2017 and grossed greater than $50 million worldwide.