“Phantom Boy” premieres Friday at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Gkids plans a theatrical release in spring 2016.
The film has a noir style similar to “A Cat in Paris,” which was also distributed by Gkids following its 2010 Oscar nomination for best animated feature. The movie was produced by Jacques-Remy Girerd and Annemie Degryse, and is a co-production of Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinéma and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma.
“Phantom Boy” is set in New York and centers on a boy whose mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he teams up with a police officer injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos.
The deal was negotiated between Daniela Elstner for Doc & Film International, Annemie Degryse for Lumière Publishing, and Eric Beckman for Gkids.
Gkids also bought North American rights to “Extraordinary Tales,” an animated anthology based on five of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, and U.S. rights to “April and the Extraordinary World,” with Marion Cotillard voicing, earlier in the fest.