GKids has acquired the North American distribution rights for the forthcoming animated feature “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” for a late spring release.
The film will be the feature directorial debut for Dash Shaw, author of graphic novels including “New School,” “Bottomless Belly Button” and the recently-released “Cosplayers.” Voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky and John Cameron Mitchell.
Producers are Electric Chinoland’s Kyle Martin, Craig Zobel and Dash Shaw, in association with Fat Possum Records’ Matthew Johnson, Low Spark Films, and Washington Square Films. The deal was negotiated between Linzee Troubh for Cinetic and Eric Beckman for Gkids.
“My Entire High School” debuted at the Vanguard section of the Toronto International Film Festival and has also screened at the New York Film Festival, AFI Fest and Fantastic Fest.
“When we first saw this audacious genre-bending film, we had grins plastered on our face from start to finish,” said David Jesteadt, of GKids. “In a time when it seems like we could all use a laugh, we are proud to play a part in bringing such a unique vision and sweetly funny film to audiences nationwide.”
The film consists of equal parts of disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Schwartzman and Watts voice the best friends at the high school newspaper with Schwartzman’s character discovering that the administration is covering up the fact that the school is built on an earthquake fault.
As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (voiced by Dunham) and a lunch lady (Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye.
GKids movies have generated eight best animated feature Oscar nominations — second only to Disney/Pixar — in the past six years including “The Secret of Kells” in 2010, “A Cat in Paris” and “Chico & Rita” in 2012, “Ernest & Celestine” in 2014, “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea” in 2015, and “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” in 2016.