'Extraordinary Tales'

Guillermo del Toro has joined the voice cast of Raul Garcia’s “Extraordinary Tales,” an arthouse animated omnibus feature based on Edgar Allan Poe’s novel.

Bac Films has acquired international sales rights and is starting sales at the AFM. Toon feature is almost finalized and will be shown to AFM marketgoers Friday.

“Tales” is produced by Stephan Roelants at Melusine Productions (“Song of the Sea,” “Ernest and Celestine”) and was recently acquired by leading indie animation distributor GKids for North American distribution.

The unusual voice cast is completed by Christopher Lee, , Julian Sands and Roger Corman.

Modestly budgeted at €2 million ($2.5 million), “Tales” comprises five segments retelling a Poe story. Each part boast a different animation style that reflects Poe’s universe and is inspired by various artists.

“The segment called ‘The Mask of the Red Death,’ for instance, is inspired by Egon Schiele’s paintings,” Roalants told Variety.

Del Toro is lending his voice to “The Pit and the Pendulum,” which mimics mid-19th century photography. The segment turns on a man who is being tortured during the reign of the Spanish Inquisition.

Gilles Sousa, Bac Film’s international sales head, said, “ ‘Tales’ targets young adults but remains nonetheless a traditional film accessible to younger audiences since it’s not a horror feature.”

“Tales” is a passion project for Roelants who has been working on it for the past eight years.

It’s co-produced by Melon Digital, the Big Farm and R&R Communications. The animation was delivered by Roelants’ Studio 352.

Bac Films will release “Tales” in France.

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