News - GKIDS Films
June 11, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE”

OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION FOR ANNECY

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated feature MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE, the new film from director Anca Damian, whose earlier film Crulic: The Path to Beyond, won Annecy’s Cristal Prize for Best Feature in 2012. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE premieres in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival today. The North American all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO Eric Beckman and Carole Baraton for Charades. Rights are being sold worldwide by Charades.

“We have been excited about this film since we saw the first images several years ago,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “The film combines a unique and wildly inventive visual style with a universal story that goes straight to the heart for anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time with a dog. We are sure audiences are going to fall in love with the film as much as we have.”

“The Charades team is very proud that GKIDS fell under the spell of this very special movie,” said Carole Baraton, co-founder of Charades. “We are sure they will provide the exposure it deserves in the US market. After partnering on Mirai last year, we are super excited to embark again on this new adventure with them.”

SYNOPSIS

Marona is a mixed-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives, in this beautiful and deeply emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life.

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June 10, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “WHITE SNAKE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO CHINESE BOX OFFICE HIT

“WHITE SNAKE”

SUMPTUOUS CG FANTASY FILM MAKES INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE THIS WEEK AT ANNECY INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature WHITE SNAKE, which premieres in competition at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival this week. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this fall in both original Chinese and a new English-language version.

WHITE SNAKE marks GKIDS’ first Chinese animated film. The film comes from Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, in a co-production with Warner Bros., and was co-directed by Amp Wong and Zhao Ji. It grossed RMB 449 million (US $67 million) during its theatrical release in China earlier this year. WHITE SNAKE follows Blanca – a young woman who has lost her memory – as she searches for her identity, in a story based on one of China’s oldest tales. GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Light Chaser Animation’s Yu Zhou negotiated the all-rights deal. International sales outside of North America, China, and Japan are handled by All Rights Entertainment, who also handled sales on the two previous animated films produced by Light Chaser Animation.

“Light Chaser Animation are true innovators, raising the bar for top notch Chinese animation and storytelling,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “We are overjoyed to be releasing this stunning epic to North American audiences.”

SYNOPSIS

From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes a visually stunning new take on a classic legend. One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.

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May 30, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES “THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE,” “GENIUS PARTY,” “GENIUS PARTY BEYOND,” AND “SUMMER DAYS WITH COO”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
“THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE,” “GENIUS PARTY,” “GENIUS PARTY BEYOND,” AND “SUMMER DAYS WITH COO”

 

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated features THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE and SUMMER DAYS WITH COO, as well as short film anthologies GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND. GKIDS will release the films direct to home video in 2019.

“I am so thrilled to be able to add these films to our growing library of the best animated features from around the world,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “This is a unique opportunity to present some of our favorite previously unreleased titles, including a beautifully emotional fantasy from Keiichi Hara, a pitch-perfect examination of teenage friendship, and two compilations of mind-bending work from some of the greatest animators working today. I look forward to sharing all of them with new audiences for the first time.”

About THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE

When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle, in this unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai, in which a shaggy-dog mystery tale ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Mayumi Furuyama for NTV.

About GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND

From groundbreaking animation outfit STUDIO 4°C, creators of MFKZ and the upcoming Children of the Sea, comes an extraordinary project with a simple vision: to take an all-star team of the best animators working in Japanese animation today, and give each free reign to tell a unique short story. The results are GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND, two animated anthology films full of boundless imagination, fantastic worlds, and unique visual styles.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Ayumi Inoguchi for STUDIO 4°C.

About SUMMER DAYS WITH COO

One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (a Japanese mythical water creature), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends.

However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to life in suburban Tokyo, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa. Directed by Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Colorful), one of Japan’s leading animated film directors, SUMMER DAYS WITH COO is a heartwarming and magical summer adventure.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Shion Komatsu for Shochiku.

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May 23, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “WEATHERING WITH YOU”

THE BREATHLESSLY-AWAITED NEW FEATURE FROM MAKOTO SHINKAI, DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL BOX OFFICE PHENOMENON YOUR NAME, (THE HIGHEST GROSSING JAPANESE ANIMATED FILM OF ALL TIME)

 

 

NEW YORK (May 23, 2019) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated feature WEATHERING WITH YOU, the new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, whose previous film Your Name set box office records in Japan and around the world ($360 million worldwide box office), and is currently receiving a major studio live-action remake from JJ Abrams.

GKIDS has set an awards qualifying run for 2019 with a theatrical release in early 2020 in both the original Japanese and a new English language version.

The all-rights deal finalized out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO Eric Beckman and Akihiro Takeda for Toho. The film opens in Japanese cinemas on July 19.  Rights are sold worldwide by Toho.

“GKIDS is thrilled to be working with Makoto Shinkai and Genki Kawamura on Weathering With You, following their blockbuster hit Your Name,” said GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman. “We have been huge fans of Makoto Shinkai since his breathtaking 5 Centimeters Per Second, and he is unquestionably one of the top animation filmmakers working today. Weathering With You combines Shinkai’s unparalleled visually beautiful and detailed animation with a riveting emotional story that will be sure to connect with audiences worldwide.”

SYNOPSIS

GKIDS proudly presents the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…

WeatheringWithYouMovie.com

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May 13, 2019

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Present “Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter”

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Present

Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter

Acclaimed Series Makes Blu-ray™ Debut August 20, 2019

“Stunning! A masterful, magical exploration of life itself.” -Dave Trumbore, Collider

From the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill) comes Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter, an International Emmy Award®-winning epic adventure based on the beloved novel by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking.

The first television series produced by the renowned Studio Ghibli, Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter will be making its North American Blu-ray debut August 20th, 2019 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory.  The first international release to include the original Japanese language version of the series in addition to the English dub, this complete series four-disc set includes all 26 episodes, as well as a making of featurette and an interview with director Goro Miyazaki as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

One stormy night, a girl is born inside a mountain fort, surrounded by her parents and a loving band of robbers. Now ten years old, Ronja has grown into a strong and active girl, who discovers the forest as both a beautiful and frightening place inhabited by unique creatures. She befriends the son of her father’s rival, which begins the drama of her friendship and family loyalties. As she struggles to balance this friendship with her family relationship, she comes to understand that differences can be overcome with the help of love and understanding.

 

Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter Bonus Features

  • Making Of Ronja featurette
  • Interview with director Goro Miyazaki
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