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Co. inks U.S. distrib deal with BKN Intl. for 16 animated titles

Genius Products has inked a U.S. distribution deal with BKN Intl. for 16 animated kidvid titles, most of them based on classic tales.

All-animal CGI version of “A Christmas Carol” will receive a limited theatrical bow via SD Intl. in November before arriving on disc later that month.

Other releases skedded to bow between September and the end of 2007 include “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” and animated retellings of “A Jungle Book,” “Robin Hood” and “Zorro.”

Pact is the latest in a series for the homevid outfit — majority-owned by the Weinstein Co. — as it builds a library of new and catalog fare.

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