PARIS– L.A.-based multi-platform Shout! Factory has acquired all North American rights to Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla’s “Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” the whimsical and romantic period toon which world-premiered in Berlin.
Deal was negotiated by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, Shout! Factory’s founders, and Cecile Fouche, international sales manager of EuropaCorp and Virginie Besson-Silla, who produced the film.
Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this film in select theaters, video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), electronic-sell-through (EST), television and in all packaged media in 2014.
Based on Mathias Malzieu’s bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos.
Set in Edinburgh, at end of the 19th century, the animated feature centers on a boy who was born with a frozen heart and is forbidden from falling in love. But he falls head over heels for a young girl singing on a street corner. Desperate to find her again, Jack launches himself into a romantic quest that will lead him from the lochs of Scotland, to the city of Paris and all the way to Andalusia.
The English voice cast features Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Harry Sadeghi, Stéphane Cornicard, Sophia Ellis, Jessie Buckley, Barbara Scaff, Michelle Fairley and Richard Riddings.
“Having shown constant and renewed support for this film, Luc Besson is very proud of the result and thus very keen to have a US distributor attached to the film,” said stated Besson-Silla. “Shout! Factory’s success with previous animated features from EuropaCorp made it the ideal partner to distribute this movie in the U.S and Canada.”
Shout! Factory indeed distributed Bibo Bergeron’s “A Monster In Paris” in North America.
“Over last year, we enjoyed tremendous success with Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris from EuropaCorp, and this new opportunity continues to build on our prowess in distributing premiere animation and family friendly content in the entertainment marketplace,” said Shout! Factory’s founders. “This beautifully made, highly entertaining feature is a perfect addition to our growing library of exciting new films.”