Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to the 3D animation feature “Marnie’s World,” and will start selling the title at AFM.
Toon is directed by German twins Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein.
“Marnie’s World” tells the story of chubby orange house cat Marnie, living a comfortable life in the Sonnenschein family home until she is abandoned in the middle of nowhereand is joined by three other oddball animals: a loud-mouthed dog , a donkey who hopes to break into the circus and a neurotic rooster on the run from his hens.
Pic is produced by Scopas Media in co-production with Grid Animation. Also on board are UFA, Pro7Sat1 and German distributor Universum Films. The film is in pre-production; final delivery is planned for winter 2016-17.
“ ‘Marnie’s World’ is a fresh retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the Bremen Town Musicians, in which a dog, a cat, a donkey and a rooster meet at the time of greatest danger and unite to fight the bad guys,” said Jan Bonath of Scopas Medien. “In their inimitably funny way, the talented Lauenstein brothers show us how entertaining it can be for four total underdogs to stand up for themselves — with plenty of charm and moving comedy.”
Previous animated pics on Global Screen’s slate have proven popular with buyers, such as Christmas movie “Niko & the Way to the Stars,” which was sold worldwide.
The company’s slate also includes Dominik Graf’s “Beloved Sisters,” which is representing Germany in the foreign-language Oscar race, and Nadav Schirman’s “The Green Prince,” which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Its portfolio also contains Sandra Nettelbeck’s “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love” with Michael Caine, and “A Thousand Times Good Night,” starring Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.