TOP STORIES: Annecy: Gkids Buys 'Phantom Boy' for North America; Annecy: Les Armateurs Sets Paul...
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Annecy: Gkids Buys 'Phantom Boy' for North America

By Dave McNary

Gkids has bought North American rights to "Phantom Boy," the new animated feature from "A Cat in Paris" directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. "Phantom Boy" premieres Friday at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Gkids ...


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Annecy: Les Armateurs Sets Paul Leluc For ‘French Riviera’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell

ANNECY, France –France’s Les Armateurs, one of Europe’s most prestigious of animation production houses, has attached Paul Leluc, director of its TV toon series hit “The Long Long Holiday,” to helm “French...


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Annecy: Gaumont to launch ‘Boy and the Beast’ Jan. 13

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY, France — Underscoring its ambition for Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy and the Beast,” French studio Gaumont will release the much-awaited title on 200 screens in France on Jan. 13. Screen count is six times the numb...


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Annecy: Melusine Boards Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Breadwinner,' Among MIFA Deal News (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY – Linking two of Europe’s animation leaders, Melusine Production, producer of Annecy out-of-competition player “Extraordinary Tales,” has boarded Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” from Ireland&...


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Annecy: ‘Capture the Flag,’ Spain’s Big Toon Play, Readies For Aug. 28 Paramount Bow

By John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

ANNECY – Spain’s biggest animation play of 2015 – and one of its two-or-three biggest films of the year – Enrique Gato’s “Capture the Flag” will be released by Paramount Pictures on Aug. 28, replicat...


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Annecy: ‘Ghost’ Sold to France, Italy, Portugal, Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY— “Ghost in the Shell: the Movie,” a new feature adaptation of the hit manga comic book, has just closed major territory sales deals with France (Anime Ltd.), Italy (Dynit Srl) and Spain/Portugal (Selecta Vision). Pro...


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Annecy: New Studies Nail French Toons’ Highs, Challenges

By John Hopewell

ANNECY – France remains Europe’s animation powerhouse, the third biggest producer of animated features in the world, and the locale of an equally massive toon TV industry whose shows dominate major broadcast networks and increase...


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Annecy: Colombia's Sabogal’ – History From a Victims’ Viewpoint

By Emilio Mayorga

"Sabogal" is a rare and notorious example of animation for adults, with very strong political content. It’s the producers’ – 3da2animation - first sally into entertainment as well as its feature film debut. Despite powerful...


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Annecy: ‘Platypus,’ ‘Revoltoso,’ ‘Deedee Wahoo" pitched at Fest-Mart

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY— Platypus’ “Deedee Wahoo,” Cinefantasma's "Revoltoso," Dei Ar Guachin Os' "Popol Vuh" and MUV's "El Show de Lorenzo" are four Mexican projects which were presented Friday June 19 at MIFA Territory Focus under t...


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REVIEWS

Film Review: 'Minions'

By Peter Debruge

A “Despicable Me” prequel that traces Gru’s comic-relief henchmen all the way back to the time when they were single-celled organisms, “Minions” hilariously imagines centuries in which the little guys have sough...


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Film Review: 'Khumba'

By Guy Lodge

Boasting numerous parallels to 'The Lion King,' this perky South African toon about a half-striped zebra aims squarely for international crossover appeal.


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Annecy: 'Boy and the World' Closes China, Germany (EXCLUSIVE)

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY--  “The Boy and the World,” a 2014 Annecy Cristal Award winner and Gkids acquisition for North America, has secured a slew of furher deal including China (Champ List), Latin America (HBO) and Germany, Austria and Germ...


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Annecy: France Televisions Consolidates Its Role as Leading Animation Pubcaster

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY, France -- Riding high from the success of Les Armateurs' “The Long Long Holiday,” a series it released on linear TV platforms, Gallic pubcaster France Televisions has maintained its commitment to animation, the highest of...


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Annecy: Modern African Fairy Tale 'Kariba' Explores Diversity in Animation

By Seth Kelley

Illustrator Daniel Clarke developed the concept for a modern African fairy tale called “Kariba,” and, along with a South Africa-based animation collaboration called the Blue Forest Collective, is working to develop the story into...


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Annecy: James Cunningham Takes Reins on a Donkey Who Yearns to Be Horse Story

By Reece Ristau

It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a donkey named Duffy who just wants to be a military horse. That’s the premise of James Cunningham’s “The Unlikeliest Hero,” an animated film pitched at the Feature...


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