Monthly Archives: October 2012

Disney Purchasing Lucasfilm Ltd. For $4.05 Billion

Lucasfilm

Lucas­film

The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany has agreed to acquire Lucas­film Ltd. in a stock and cash trans­ac­tion val­ued at $4.05 bil­lion, the firms announced Tuesday.

Lucas­film is 100% owned by its chair­man and founder, George Lucas.

Lucas­film has been involved as a pro­ducer of the ani­mated series The Clone Wars and Droids: The Adven­tures of R2-D2 and C3P0, as well as the ani­mated movies Twice Upon A Time (1983) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). The firm also sup­ported Williams Street’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials.

Char­ac­ters from Star Wars led to the cre­ation of the 1985 Nel­vana Lim­ited series Ewoks.

Lucas­film co-produced the 1992 DiC Enter­tain­ment spe­cial Defend­ers Of Dyna­tron City, not to men­tion the 1984 Pixar short The Adven­tures of Andre and Wally B.

Under the terms of the agree­ment and based on last Friday’s clos­ing price of Dis­ney stock, Dis­ney will pay approx­i­mately half of the con­sid­er­a­tion in cash and issu­ing about 40 mil­lion shares at clos­ing. The final con­sid­er­a­tion will be sub­ject to cus­tom­ary post-closing bal­ance sheet adjustments.

Under the deal, Dis­ney will acquire own­er­ship of Lucas­film, includ­ing its Star Wars fran­chise and its oper­at­ing busi­nesses in ani­ma­tion, live-action film pro­duc­tion, con­sumer prod­ucts, visual effects and audio post-production. Dis­ney will also acquire firm’s sub­stan­tial port­fo­lio of cutting-edge enter­tain­ment tech­nolo­gies. Lucas­film, head­quar­tered in San Fran­cisco, oper­ates under the names Lucas­film Ltd., LucasArts, Indus­trial Light & Magic and Sky­walker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucas­film employ­ees to remain in their cur­rent locations.

Lucas­film reflects the extra­or­di­nary pas­sion, vision and sto­ry­telling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Walt Dis­ney Com­pany chair­man and CEO Robert Iger. “This trans­ac­tion com­bines a world-class port­fo­lio of con­tent, includ­ing Star Wars, one of the great­est fam­ily enter­tain­ment fran­chises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unpar­al­leled cre­ativ­ity across mul­ti­ple plat­forms, busi­nesses, and mar­kets to gen­er­ate sus­tained growth and drive sig­nif­i­cant long-term value.”

For the past 35 years, one of my great­est plea­sures has been to see Star Wars passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next,” said Lucas. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new gen­er­a­tion of filmmakers.

I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was impor­tant to set up the tran­si­tion dur­ing my life­time. I’m con­fi­dent that with Lucas­film under the lead­er­ship of Kath­leen Kennedy, and hav­ing a new home within the Dis­ney orga­ni­za­tion, Star Wars will cer­tainly live on and flour­ish for many gen­er­a­tions to come. Disney’s reach and expe­ri­ence give Lucas­film the oppor­tu­nity to blaze new trails in film, tele­vi­sion, inter­ac­tive media, theme parks, live enter­tain­ment and con­sumer products.”

Kennedy, cur­rent co-chairman of Lucas­film, will become pres­i­dent of Lucas­film, report­ing to Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios chair­man Alan Horn. Addi­tion­ally, she will serve as the brand man­ager for Star Wars, work­ing directly with Disney’s global lines of busi­ness to build, fur­ther inte­grate and max­i­mize the value of this global franchise.

Kennedy will serve as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on new Star Wars fea­ture films, with Lucas serv­ing as cre­ative con­sul­tant. Star Wars Episode 7 is tar­geted for release in 2015, with more fea­ture films expected to con­tinue the Star Wars saga and grow the fran­chise well into the future.

The boards of direc­tors of Dis­ney and Lucas­film have approved the trans­ac­tion, which is sub­ject to clear­ance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improve­ments Act, cer­tain non-United States merger con­trol reg­u­la­tions, and other cus­tom­ary clos­ing con­di­tions. The agree­ment has been approved by the sole share­holder of Lucasfilm.

Ice Age 4 Sets Foreign Record For Animated Film

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

After open­ing at the top of Italy’s box office this past week­end, Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift — also known as Ice Age 4 – now holds the record for the highest-grossing ani­mated movie ever to be released abroad.

A $7.8 mil­lion debut at 906 venues in Italy has raised for­eign cumu­la­tive grosses for the sequel to $693.9 mil­lion. Bar­ring the unfore­seen, it’ll top the $700 mil­lion mark in for­eign lands.

Over the week­end, Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift made $8.7 mil­lion from 1,055 loca­tions in four over­seas countries.

The movie now has had the eighth-largest inter­na­tional release of any film — ani­mated or oth­er­wise — in history.

Hotel Transylvania Opens in Spain to $3.6 million

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Sony Animation“s “Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” opened for busi­ness in a host of coun­tries this past week­end, help­ing it make $18.1 mil­lion in its fourth week of for­eign release.

Debut­ing in Spain, Ger­many, the Ukraine, Aus­tria, German-speaking Switzer­land and the Mid­dle East, Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia was seen at 5,550 venues in 50 over­seas coun­tries over the week­end. In Spain, it earned $3.6 mil­lion on 623 screens.

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Adam San­dler and Kevin James, the movie has made $68.8 mil­lion abroad so far.

After 21 weeks over­seas, Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted has made $495.9 mil­lion. Dis­trib­uted by Para­mount, the movie made $8.5 mil­lion at 2,901 loca­tions in 29 coun­tries over the week­end. In its sec­ond week­end in Britain, Mada­gas­car 3 fell to $4.5 mil­lion from 541 screens to take sec­ond place in that country.

Comedic hor­ror film Franken­wee­nie, directed by Tim Bur­ton, col­lected $3.5 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end over­seas. Seen in 27 coun­tries, the Dis­ney film has made a total of $17.7 mil­lion abroad.

[Via The Hol­ly­wood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/…kyfall-blasts-383848]

Brasil Animado 3D Cartoon Movie Offered for Distribution

Brasil Animado

Brasil Ani­mado

The stereo­scopic “Brasil Ani­mado 3D” is among the slate of fea­ture films from the acqui­si­tions team at ITN Dis­tri­b­u­tion Inc. which will be offered at the 2012 Amer­i­can Film Mar­ket, tak­ing place from Octo­ber 31 to Novem­ber 7 at the Loews Santa Mon­ica Beach hotel.

This year’s films are a mix of high-concept inde­pen­dents in a vari­ety of gen­res, includ­ing ani­ma­tion, hor­ror, thriller, drama, romance, war, action, fam­ily and sci-fi.

In the 80-minute Brasil Ani­mado 3D, Stress is a busi­ness­man who is always look­ing for a new invest­ment oppor­tu­nity. Relax is a film­maker who has been try­ing to get Stress to invest in his projects.

One day, Relax sets up for a meet­ing under the great pink jequitibá, the old­est tree in Brazil. Stress likes the idea, espe­cially because he sees how prof­itable it could be if he charged vis­i­tors to see the tree. The prob­lem is that nei­ther knows where it is. There­fore, they embark in a jour­ney through­out Brazil search­ing for it.

ITN will be con­duct­ing sales for ter­ri­to­ries world­wide in Loews 705. ITN Dis­tri­b­u­tion, Inc. is a lead­ing inde­pen­dent film dis­tri­b­u­tion com­pany that spe­cial­izes in high-quality, star dri­ven inde­pen­dent films for the inter­na­tional and domes­tic TV, VOD, DVD and the­atri­cal markets.

ITN releases 24 films per year with ITN’s direct con­nec­tion to all major retail­ers and rentals in North Amer­ica, such as Red­box, Net­Flix, Wal-Mart, Block­buster, Tar­get and Video-On-Demand. ITN pro­duces, dis­trib­utes and acquires films worldwide.

I am always thrilled to have a pres­ence at AFM and expect busi­ness to be very brisk at our office,” said ITN pres­i­dent Stu­art Alson. “With inde­pen­dent film soar­ing to new lev­els, the demand for our film library is sig­nif­i­cantly higher this year. As always, our team’s objec­tive is to nego­ti­ate and close the best pos­si­ble deals with key buy­ers from around the world.”

A full cat­a­log of ITN titles and trail­ers can be viewed at itndistribution.com.

Creators of Chicken Run Release A Pig’s Tail

A Pig's Tail

A Pig’s Tail

The Humane Soci­ety of the United States has teamed up with Acad­emy Award-winning film com­pany Aard­man Ani­ma­tions to pro­duce a four-minute ani­mated children’s film titled “A Pig’s Tale” expos­ing prob­lems with fac­tory farm­ing from the per­spec­tive of a piglet named Ginger.

The film’s release coin­cides with Food Day, a national move­ment for healthy, sus­tain­able food.

Aard­man Ani­ma­tions, cre­ators of Chicken Run, Wal­lace and Gromit and other beloved ani­mated fea­ture films, pro­duced the short film A Pig’s Tale under a grant from the Steven C. Leuthold Fam­ily Foundation.

The Humane Soci­ety of the United States is thrilled to cel­e­brate Food Day with the release of this endear­ing and edu­ca­tional short film,” said Joe Maxwell, vice-president of out­reach and engage­ment at The HSUS. “We hope A Pig’s Tail will launch a con­ver­sa­tion about how food gets to the table and help end inhu­mane prac­tices in the pork industry.”

Added Aard­man Ani­ma­tions direc­tor Sarah Cox: “I was very proud to direct this film for The Humane Soci­ety of the United States because it is about an issue I pas­sion­ately believe in. It is so impor­tant that chil­dren under­stand where their food really comes from, par­tic­u­larly the con­nec­tion between meat prod­ucts and the treat­ment of the ani­mals that they are made from. I wanted the cam­paign to be pos­i­tive and opti­mistic, so I cre­ated a strong and lik­able lead char­ac­ter — a lit­tle piglet called Gin­ger — and gave the story a happy end­ing because that is ulti­mately what we are try­ing to achieve.”

The film fea­tures voices from actress Cather­ine Taber and voice actor James Arnold Tay­lor of the ani­mated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Orig­i­nal music was pro­duced by singer and song­writer Steven Delopoulos.

The film, intended for chil­dren ages 7 to 10 and acces­si­ble to all audi­ences, fol­lows Gin­ger and her mother as they expe­ri­ence life on a typ­i­cal indus­trial fac­tory farm. After Gin­ger is taken from her mother, she is deter­mined to escape. The film fol­lows her jour­ney, and the evo­lu­tion of a farmer who opens his eyes to a more humane and sus­tain­able way of farming.

The film cen­ters on indus­trial pig farm­ing, where most breed­ing pigs are con­fined day and night dur­ing their four-month preg­nancy in ges­ta­tion crates, cages roughly the same size as the ani­mals’ bod­ies, pre­vent­ing them from even turn­ing around. The pigs are then placed into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and put back into a ges­ta­tion crate. This hap­pens preg­nancy after preg­nancy for their entire lives, adding up to years of vir­tual immobilization.

Recently, such lead­ing food com­pa­nies as McDon­alds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Bar­rel, Oscar Mayer, Costco, ConA­gra and Kroger have agreed to elim­i­nate ges­ta­tion crates from their pork sup­ply chains. This cor­po­rate shift away from crates comes on the heels of nine Amer­i­can state laws ban­ning the crates.

A Pig’s Tail is avail­able online.

Wolf Children, Fuga Win Awards at Sitges Animation Fest

Sitges

Sit­ges

Mamoru Hosoda’s Ôkami Kodomo No Ame to Yuki (Wolf Chil­dren) was named best ani­mated fea­ture film at the 45th Sit­ges — Inter­na­tional Fan­tas­tic Film Fes­ti­val of Cat­alo­nia, while Fuga, by Juan Anto­nio Espi­gares of Spain, was hon­ored as best ani­mated short.

This was the Japan­ese director’s third award in the Anima’t Sec­tion at Sit­ges. Hosoda’s pre­vi­ous wins were in 2006 for  Toki O Kakeru Shôjo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and 2009 for Samâ Wôzu (Sum­mer Wars).

Ôkami Kodomo No Ame to Yuki (Wolf Chil­dren) tells how when she was barely more than a teenager, Hana fell in love with a were­wolf. It might seem strange, but for 13 years, they were extremely happy, and they had two chil­dren: Yuki and Ame, who were also born with the abil­ity to trans­form into wolves. Fol­low­ing her husband’s sud­den death, Hana decides to move to the coun­try to be able to raise her chil­dren in a peace­ful envi­ron­ment, where their extra­or­di­nary fac­ul­ties won’t be dis­cov­ered. How­ever, as they grow up, Yuki and Ame must decide if they want to live as humans or as wolves.

Born in 1967, Hosada began to work for Toei Ani­ma­tion in 1991. Cre­ator of the famous TV series Digi­mon, he col­lab­o­rated with Takashi Murakami in 2003 on a piece for Louis Vuitton.

With­out dia­logue, Espi­gares’ 15-minute short Fuga plays with the pol­y­semy of the word “fuga” (escape) to weave a com­plex and plas­ti­cally inno­v­a­tive fan­tasy. It is an inflec­tion point for “dig­i­tal cin­ema” pro­duced in Spain.

The festival’s Anima’t Sec­tion jury was made up of Eduard Ter­rades, Frédéric Ambroi­sine and Ricardo Reparaz.

DreamWorks Animation Chairman Roger Enrico Quits

Roger Enrico

Roger Enrico

Roger Enrico has resigned as chair­man of the board of direc­tors for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion, effec­tive imme­di­ately, the com­pany announced Thursday.

Dream­Works Animation’s board of direc­tors has named fel­low board mem­ber Mel­lody Hob­son as his successor.

Enrico had served as chair­man of Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion since its incep­tion as a pub­lic com­pany in 2004. He for­merly served as chair­man and chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Pep­siCo, Inc., where he spent 31 years.

Roger has been an invalu­able leader to our board of direc­tors, and his guid­ance helped put Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion on a path to suc­cess from day one,” com­mented stu­dio CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg. “On behalf of the board of direc­tors and our entire man­age­ment team, I’d like to deeply thank Roger for his unfail­ing ser­vice over the past eight years and wish him the very best in the future.”

Gumball Up For Two British Academy Kids’ Awards

British Academy Kids

British Acad­emy Kids

The TV series “The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball” has received two nom­i­na­tions for the British Acad­emy Children’s Awards, orga­niz­ers announced Monday.

Pro­duced by Car­toon Net­work Europe in asso­ci­a­tion with Dan­de­lion Stu­dios, Boul­der Media and Stu­dio Soi, the Car­toon Net­work UK show was nom­i­nated for Writer and Ani­ma­tion — the same two cat­e­gories in which it won last year. In addi­tion, the series is short­listed for the Kids’ Vote in the Tele­vi­sion category.

Ben Boc­quelet, Mic Graves, Joanna Beres­ford form the pro­duc­ing team behind The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball. Boc­quelet, James Lam­ont and Jon Fos­ter are the nom­i­nated writers.

Vying with Gum­ball in the Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory are The Amaz­ing Adren­a­lini Broth­ers (Pesky Productions/POP), The Gruffalo’s Child (Magic Light Pic­tures in asso­ci­a­tion with Stu­dio Soi/BBC One) and The Mechan­i­cal Musi­cal Mar­vel (Chris Ran­dall and Julie Boden; Sec­ond Home Studios/THSH Birmingham).

In the Pre-School Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory, the nom­i­nees are Peppa Pig (Philip Hall, Joris van Hulzen and Phil Davies; Ast­ley Baker Davies/Five), Ras­ta­mouse (Greg Board­man, Euge­nio Perez and Derek Mog­ford; The Ras­ta­mouse Company/CBeebies), Timmy Time (Jackie Cockle, Liz Whitaker and David Scan­lon; Aard­man Animations/CBeebies) and Tree Fu Tom (CBeebies/Fremantle Media/Blue Zoo/CBeebies).

Fea­ture Film nom­i­nees include Arthur Christ­mas (Peter Lord, Sarah Smith and Peter Bayn­ham; Colum­bia Pictures/Sony Pic­tures Animation/Aardman/Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing) and Disney’s partly ani­mated The Mup­pets (Walt Dis­ney Studios/Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures UK). Arthur Christ­mas also appears in the BAFTA Kids’ Vote shortlist.

Three of the four hope­fuls in the Inter­na­tional cat­e­gory are ani­mated series: Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends Of Awe­some­ness (Dream­Works Animation/Nickelodeon UK), Phineas and Ferb (Walt Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation/Disney XD UK) and Sponge­Bob SquarePants (MTV Net­works International/United Plank­ton Pictures/Nickelodeon UK).

Ani­mated pro­grams up for the Short Form awards are Com­post Cor­ner (West­ley Wood, Tim Dann and Tim Collings; CiTV/CiTV), Ooglies (BBC Scotland/CBBC) and Share A Story 2011 (Dave Hick­man, Carl Hadley and David Hes­lop; CiTV Creative/CiTV).

Besides Arthur Christ­mas, fea­ture films short­listed for the Kids’ Vote include Ice Age 4: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift and the partly ani­mated The Smurfs.

Join­ing The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball in the short­list for the Kids’ Vote in the Tele­vi­sion cat­e­gory are the ani­mated series Almost Naked Ani­mals and Phineas and Ferb.

The British Acad­emy Children’s Awards cer­e­mony will take place Novem­ber 25 at the Lon­don Hilton on Park Lane. Children’s BAFTA win­ner and Blue Peter pre­sen­ter Bar­ney Har­wood will return to host the awards, which cel­e­brate the very best in children’s media, includ­ing tele­vi­sion, film, video games and online.

The awards are pre­sented by the British Acad­emy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts, an inde­pen­dent char­ity that sup­ports, devel­ops and pro­motes the art forms of the mov­ing image by iden­ti­fy­ing and reward­ing excel­lence, inspir­ing prac­ti­tion­ers and ben­e­fit­ing the public.

Animated “Turkeys” Coming to Movie Houses in 2014

Turkeys

Turkeys

Rel­a­tiv­ity Media and Reel FX, a movie stu­dio based in Dal­las and Santa Mon­ica, announced Wednes­day that they will jointly pro­duce and finance the ani­mated com­edy Turkeys, slated for a 2014 release.

The film is directed by Jimmy Hay­ward (Hor­ton Hears A Who!), and stars the voice tal­ent of Owen Wil­son (Cars) and Woody Har­rel­son (The Hunger Games). Turkeys will be dis­trib­uted world­wide by Relativity.

Pro­duc­ing are Scott Mosier (Clerks), Craig Mazin (The Hang­over Part II), John Strauss (The Santa Claus 2) and David l. Stern (Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia). The screen­play was writ­ten by Stern and Strauss with a rewrite by Mazin.

Turkeys is an irrev­er­ent buddy com­edy where two turkeys from oppo­site sides of the tracks must put aside their dif­fer­ences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of his­tory — and get turkey off the menu for good.

This agree­ment is a cul­mi­na­tion of years of friend­ship and a con­tin­ued desire to col­lab­o­rate between Rel­a­tiv­ity and Reel FX,” said Rel­a­tiv­ity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO. “We are delighted to broaden our film release slate to include Turkeys, which fea­tures an excit­ing ros­ter of voice tal­ent, a pow­er­house cre­ative team and an orig­i­nal witty storyline.”

We’ve always been fans of Rel­a­tiv­ity, and have watched them evolve over the years into a major force in the film and enter­tain­ment busi­ness,” said Steve O’Brien, Chair­man and CEO of Reel FX. “We are excited to start our rela­tion­ship with Rel­a­tiv­ity by part­ner­ing with Ryan and his team to bring Turkeys to audi­ences around the world.”

Reel FX is a fully-integrated movie stu­dio that devel­ops and pro­duces both ani­mated films and live-action movies. In addi­tion to Turkeys, Reel FX’s grow­ing ani­ma­tion slate includes Day of the Dead (Guillermo del Toro pro­duc­ing) and Beasts of Bur­den (Aron Warner and Andrew Adam­son pro­duc­ing). Reel FX’s own film slate fol­lows almost 20 years of expe­ri­ence as an award-winning one-stop stu­dio for ani­mated con­tent, includ­ing films, spe­cial attraction/live venue projects and inter­ac­tive projects for com­pa­nies like Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion, Fox, Warner Bros. and Uni­ver­sal Studios.

Up next, Rel­a­tiv­ity will release the out­ra­geous Movie 43 (in the­atres Jan­u­ary 25), the film adap­ta­tion of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling Safe Haven (in the­atres Feb­ru­ary 8), the com­edy 21 and Over (in the­atres March 1), the cor­po­rate espi­onage thriller Para­noia (in the­atres Octo­ber 4, 2013) and Luc Besson’s darkly comedic action film Malavita (in the­atres Octo­ber 18, 2013) with Europa­Corp. Rel­a­tiv­ity is cur­rently in post-production on Scott Cooper’s gritty dra­matic thriller, cur­rently titled Out of the Fur­nace.

Tartakovsky Offers Animated Cartoon Short for Halloween

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” — the record-setting 3D computer-animated mon­ster com­edy from Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion that ranked as the biggest Sep­tem­ber open­ing in movie his­tory and the best open­ing ever for the stu­dio — is releas­ing a new ani­mated short as a spe­cial Hal­loween treat.

Begin­ning today (Fri­day, Octo­ber 26), all dig­i­tal show­ings of Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia in Regal Enter­tain­ment Group Cin­e­mas around the United States will be pre­ceded with a new tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated short directed by the film’s direc­tor, 13-time Emmy nom­i­nee (and three-time Emmy win­ner) Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky (Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory, Samu­rai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars), who also ani­mated every key frame of the new short.

Goodnight, Mr. Foot

Good­night, Mr. Foot

Enti­tled Good­night, Mr. Foot, the short stars none other than leg­endary mon­ster Big­foot, and fol­lows his adven­ture as he, too, checks in to Dracula’s five-stake resort in search of a lit­tle R-and-R, only to find him­self faced with an enthu­si­as­tic witch-maid, eager to make Mr. Foot’s stay a mem­o­rable one.

Tar­takovsky com­mented, “After we fin­ished Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, I got an itch to ani­mate! Tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from my favorite direc­tors, Bob Clam­pett, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, I ani­mated a short car­toon in the tra­di­tional 2D style. It was dif­fi­cult and exhil­a­rat­ing all at once, and I hope peo­ple will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed mak­ing it.”

To com­mem­o­rate the debut of the ani­mated short, an exclu­sive new col­lectible one-sheet — designed by Tar­takovsky him­self — will also be given away at all show­ings of Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia in Carmike Cin­e­mas nation­wide (while sup­plies last).

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia fans surf­ing the Inter­net might just keep any eye out (not lit­er­ally!) for a specially-created promo video pop­ping up some time around Octo­ber 31 (date to be deter­mined). The new tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated short film, exclu­sive poster and online video make a new (or return!) visit to Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia.

The fea­ture film debut of Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky, Sony Pic­tures Animation’s Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia proved to be the biggest Sep­tem­ber open­ing for a film in U.S. his­tory, and went on to open at #1 in many coun­tries around the world, includ­ing Argentina, Brazil, Bul­garia, Colom­bia, Ecuador, Malaysia Mex­ico, Peru, Philip­pines, Roma­nia, Rus­sia, Slove­nia, South Africa and Sweden.