AFM: ‘Richard the Stork,’ ‘Niko 2’ Migrate to New Territories

Global Screen inks further sales on 3D toonpix

In the run-up to the AFM, Global Screen has inked further sales on 3D toonpics “Richard the Stork” and “Niko 2 — Little Brother, Big Trouble,” underscoring the international demand for high-quality animated features for the kids’ market.

“Richard the Stork” tells the story of a sparrow, Richard, who is adopted by a couple of storks. He is convinced he himself is a stork, but problems arise when the storks migrate for Africa. He wants to go too, and starts hitchhiking through Europe, by bus, train and boat, joined by an eccentric owl and a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet.

Latest buyers include CIS (Cinemax), Middle East (Gulf), Portugal (Lusomundo) and India/Philippines (Pictureworks). Deals with China (Bona Entertainment), South Korea (Woo Sung Entertainment) and Poland (Kino Swiat) were announced earlier this year.

The pic, which is produced by Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur and Ulysses Filmproduktion, will be ready for delivery in late 2015.

Niko 2 — Little Brother, Big Trouble,” which is the sequel to B.O. hit “Niko & the Way to the Stars,” has been picked up in the U.K. (Metrodome), Czech Republic/Slovenia/Hungary (Intersonic/Abbey Road), China (Flame) and Colombia (Babilla Cine). It has already been released in France (Millimages), the U.S. (Grindstone/Netflix), CIS (MGN Films), Benelux (Bridge Rights), Poland (Kino Swiat), Germany (Universum Film) and other territories.

It tells the story of cute little reindeer Jonni, Niko’s step brother, who is kidnapped by the eagles and then must be rescued by Niko and his friends.

It is produced by Anima Vitae, Cinemaker, Ulysses Filmproduktion, A.Film Prod. and Magma Prods.

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