If an international studio will one day take the crown from Disney in Animated Feature. For those paying attention, it feels like GKIDS is going to do it. The independent and foreign distributor has been hard at work over the years in positioning themselves in the animated feature race. They’ve recently been hard at work racking up Oscar nominations for smaller studios. Last year, “The Breadwinner” was likely the runner-up for the prize. They’ve also grabbed nominations for “My Life as a Zucchini,” “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There.” With that momentum carrying over, they just picked up another contender in “MFKZ.”

“MFKZ” is a mashup of sorts, created by comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard. Rendard collaborated with Studio 4°C to lend a unique visual style to the film. The dark story will blend anime, film noir, gang culture, and first-person shooter elements. This will give the feature a unique and groundbreaking visual technique. GKIDS has already begun to position the movie for an Oscar run, scheduling a US release for October.

GKIDS released on Vimeo as well. 

An official synopsis is below:

The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinny, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell that makes “Blade Runner’s” LA seem like The Brady Bunch. Following a scooter accident, Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.

What do you think of the new acquisition from GKIDS? Can “MFKZ” take advantage of the weak year in animation? Let us know in the comments below!

“MFKZ” opens in theaters on October 11th, 2018. An English-language version will be released in the coming months.