New York, NY / Paris (August 10, 2017) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales.” The film is co-directed by Academy Award®-nominee Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert and is based on Renner’s own graphic novel “The Big Bad Fox,” which was recently released in North America by First Second Publishing. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this winter. The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Aska Yamaguchi of STUDIOCANAL.
The film, a hilarious compilation of three outlandish tales set on an everyday farm, premiered at this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival. “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” is adapted for the big screen by Renner and Jean Regnaud, and is the first feature film produced by Didier Brunner’s production company Folivari. GKIDS also distributed Didier Brunner and Benjamin Renner’s previous film, “Ernest and Celestine,” which earned them both an Oscar® nomination in the 2013 Best Animated Feature category. An English-subtitled trailer for “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3QkSzpNGW8
“The first time I saw “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales,” I left the theater grinning from ear-to-ear,” said David Jesteadt, President of GKIDS. “I’m thrilled to be able to share that experience with audiences across North America.”
The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again!
GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding nine Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – with “The Secret of Kells” in 2010, “A Cat in Paris,” and “Chico & Rita” in 2012, “Ernest & Celestine” in 2014, “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea” in 2015, “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” in 2016, and “My Life as a Zucchini” in 2017. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. This fall, GKIDS is launching Animation is Film, an annual LA-based film festival produced in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety Magazine. The first edition unspools October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, right acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL operates directly in all three major European markets, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting more than 9,000 titles from 60 countries, including 6,000 feature films among which are the iconic “Terminator 2,” “Breathless,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Belle de jour.”
STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed recent box office hits like “Paddington,” “Shaun the Sheep” and “Non-Stop.” Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include “The Commuter” featuring Liam Neeson, the highly-anticipated “Paddington 2” by Paul King, and Aardman Studios’ stop-motion movies “Early Man” by Nick Park and “Shaun the Sheep 2.”
STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning European production companies, including Tandem Productions in Germany (“Crossing Lines,” “Spotless”), the UK’s RED Production Company (“The Five,” “Happy Valley”), Scandinavia’s “Sam” created by Soren Sveistrup and Adam Price (“Borgen,” “The Killing”), and Spain’s Bambú Producciones (“Grand Hotel,” “Velvet”). STUDIOCANAL has also stakes in the UK’s SunnyMarch TV, created by Benedict Cumberbatch, Urban Myth Films and Guilty Party.