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First Teaser Trailer for Animated Doggie Comedy 'The Queen's Corgi'

"In 2019, you're cordially invited to meet the biggest rascal of the Royal Family." Oy vey. Lionsgate UK has released the first teaser trailer for a cute animated comedy titled The Queen's Corgi, made by Belgian animation studio nWave Pictures and the same director who most recently made the animated film The Son of Bigfoot. nWave's The Queen's Corgi is indeed about (one of) the Queen's (many) corgis, a lovable little puppy named Rex. One day he loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. The voice cast hasn't been revealed yet, only this teaser trailer and a few posters. As cute as this looks, I have a feeling it's going to be so bad. Most of the films made by nWave turn out terrible.
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Ben Stassen’s nWave Acquired by Production Group Mzm (Exclusive)

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Matthieu Zeller’s production group Mzm has acquired a majority stake in nWave Studios, the thriving Brussels-based company behind Ben Stassen’s “The Son of Bigfoot” and “Sammy,” among other European animated hits.

Mzm was founded in 2016 by Zeller, a former Studiocanal executive, with the aim to produce and co-produce French and international films and TV series. Mzm, which regroups the production banners Octopolis and Bamboo Film, has joined with Belgium’s leading distribution company, Belga Films, as well as its tax-shelter arm, Belga Films Fund Holding, and regional fund Wallimage Entreprises to form a new entity, Next Wave, to complete the acquisition of nWave.

Since launching Mzm, Zeller has added two new partners: Olivier Sulpice and, most recently, Matthieu Gondinet, who just joined after working at Canal Plus for 15 years. Zeller and Gondinet had collaborated with nWave and its teams over the past years when nWave was partly owned by Studiocanal.
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Lionsgate U.K. Brings ‘The Queen’s Corgi’ Back Home (Exclusive)

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Lionsgate U.K. has acquired “The Queen’s Corgi,” a 3D animated adventure tale written by Rob Sprackling and Johnny Smith, the pair behind “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

“The Queen’s Corgi,” which is budgeted in the $20 million range and was directed by European animation pioneer Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot (“Sammy 2”), has also sold to Eagle in Italy and TriPictures in Spain.

Produced by Stassen’s Belgian studio nWave, “The Queen’s Corgi” follows the adventure of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a fight club with dogs of all kinds confronting each other. During his epic journey to find the Queen again, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self.

One of the most ambitious animated features slated for next year from continental Europe, “The Queen’s Corgi” has managed to sell to mainstream distributors in most territories.
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Us Trailer for Animated Comedy 'Son of Bigfoot' from nWave Pictures

"There's one more thing... you can talk to animals." Viva Pictures has debuted a new full-length official Us trailer for an animated film titled The Son of Bigfoot, produced by StudioCanal in France, and animated by nWave Pictures in Belgium. The film is aimed towards younger kids and families, and is about a boy who goes "on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot." Surprise! Don't confuse this with the other animated bigfoot movie coming out this year - Smallfoot - which is made by Warner Bros. The voice cast for Son of Bigfoot includes Cinda Adams, Mari Devon, and Kirk Thornton. This really looks really bad, and I always wonder how animation this awful still gets made, because it seems like no one even tried to make a good movie.
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First Teaser Trailer for Animated 'Smallfoot' About a Kind-Hearted Yeti

"Way to scar 'em for life..." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for an animated comedy titled Smallfoot, which will hit theaters starting next September. So this is now the second, official animated "Bigfoot" movie coming out in 2018, the other one being The Son of Bigfoot (funny enough, both of them involve the mythical wilderness monster(s) meeting a human). Smallfoot is actually about the abominable snowman instead of a bigfoot in the forest. The story follows a Yeti whose life changes when he discovers something that shouldn't exist—a human. Channing Tatum stars as the voice of Migo; the cast includes Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Jimmy Tatro, Ely Henry, and LeBron James. This is a bit odd, it reminds me of Monsters Inc, but with the yetis instead - almost like a spin-off. Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Karey Kirkpatrick's Smallfoot,
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Animation studio nWave finalises separation from Studiocanal

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Animation studio nWave finalises separation from Studiocanal
Companies part ways after seven-year partnership.

Belgian 3D animation studio nWave Pictures has ended its seven-year relationship with Studiocanal.

It was announced during the Cannes Film Festival that nWave would buy back Studiocanal’s shares in the company. This agreement is now complete, nWave has confirmed.

The transaction was jointly negotiated between Studiocanal and nWave, ending the partnership formed in 2010 for the development, co-financing and distribution of nWave Studios’ feature films.

These included A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010), The House Of Magic (2013) and The Wild Life (2016).

The statement adds that nWave Studios will explore new long-term partnership opportunities to expand its development, production and distribution efforts.

A source told Screen in May that Studiocanal has been slow to give the go-ahead to nWave’s projects.

“It just became impossible to work together and so we decided to part ways,” nWave CEO Ben Stassen told Screen

The final collaboration between nWave and Studiocanal is the upcoming
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nWave ends long-standing Studiocanal pact

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Animation outfit to buy back its shares from Studiocanal.

Belgian 3D animation specialist nWave Pictures is set to end its longstanding relationship with Studiocanal.

The news was confirmed this week by company CEO Ben Stassen. The Son Of Bigfoot (aka Bigfoot Junior) is the final film that nWave is partnering on with Studiocanal. It will be released in August across Europe, including in Studiocanal’s direct-distribution territories, France, UK and Germany.

Over the last seven years, nWave and Studiocanal have partnered on projects such as A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010) and The House Of Magic (2013) – European-originated animated features with budgets in excess of $20m that have sold around the world. However, nWave’s next feature, The Queen’s Corgi, will be made without Studiocanal support.

nWave’s model relies on greenlighting one film every year in order to keep the pipeline running and ensuring continuing work for the company’s 120 staff. The hitch, according
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Belga raises €5m for animation 'The Son Of Bigfoot'

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Belga raises €5m for animation 'The Son Of Bigfoot'
Belga Films Fund (Bff) has raised more than $5.6m (€5m) for Ben Stassen’s new animated feature, The Son Of Bigfoot.

The Belgian tax credit company was launched last year by production and distribution outfit Belga Films, which will release The Son Of Bigfoot in Benelux late summer 2017. The total budget is undersood to be $26m (€23m).

Studiocanal will release in France, UK, Germany and Australia/New Zealand.

Produced by Studiocanal’s nWave Pictures and Waterman Ent. (Alvin and the Chipmunks), the film centres on a teenage outsider who uncovers the truth that he is the son of the mysterious Bigfoot and as such has super powers, which he needs to save his family.

Belga fund boost

Bff founder and general manager Fabrice Delville revealed in Cannes that the fund raised a record $6.7m (€6m) in tax shelter financing during 2015 and expects to double that amount this year.

As the tax credit company expands, Belga has now
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