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‘Little Prince’ Takes Soumache and Rassam’s On to Another Level

19 January 2016 3:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – These are halcyon days for Paris-based On Entertainment, already one of the top two-or-three animation companies in Europe.

On Friday night, a moved Aton Soumache, On president, took to the stage with partner Dimitri Rassam to accept UniFrance’s French Cinema Award, reminding audiences the award has been 19 years in the making, in a reference to his founding Method Animation, now part of On, in September 1997.

On’s first big animated movie, “The Little Prince,” helmed by “Kung Fu Panda” director Mark Osborne, has just punched $100 million mark worldwide, and counting, ranking as the highest-grossing French animated movie in international markets in the last 20 years. On Dec. 6, Nickelodeon bowed Stateside “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” where it rubs shoulders with “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” “Ladybug” is already a No. 1 animation show for broadcaster TF1 in France.

France hosts Europe’s biggest animation industry, producing »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Aardman, Studiocanal Set Early 2018 Release Dates For ‘Early Man’

8 January 2016 7:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leveraging Studiocanal’s direct distribution operation in Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Aardman Studios and Studiocanal, two of the most powerful players in European family entertainment, have set dates for the release of “Early Man,” a stop-frame adventure set at the dawn of time that will be directed by Aardman Studios’ Nick Park (“Chicken Run,” “Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit”).

One of Europe’s biggest upcoming animation bets, “Early Man” will be released on Jan. 21, 2018 in the U.K., Jan. 31 in France, March 29 in Germany, Australia/New Zealand.

New comes hot on the heels of a Ee British Academy Awrd for animated film for “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” the first collaboration between Aardman and Studiocanal.

Budgeted at $55 million, “Paddington,” the CGI-live action family movie was one of the first fully-financed Studiocanal productions to be put through a same-time worldwide release, world preeming in the U.K. and rolling out in France, »

- John Hopewell

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