Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Planeta Inform Film Distribution have entered into a movie deal to distribute new animated comedy feature QUACKERZ in the U.S. and Canada. Directed and co-written by Victor Lakisov and produced by Rome Animation & Film Studio and A-VFX Studio, QUACKERZ is an entertaining 3D cinematic adventure packed humor, whimsical characters and stunning CG animation in equal measure. The film features an exceptional voice cast of Robbie Daymond (Nickelodeon’s Get Blake!), Michael Gross (Family Ties), Enn Reitel (The Adventures of Tintin, 2011), Alanna Ubach (Meet the Fockers) and Andrea Becker (Storage Wars: New York). The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Anastasia Bankovskaya, International Sales Director of Planeta Inform Film Distribution.
Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to QUACKERZ, including theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment rights. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this movie across major entertainment distribution platforms and in packaged media in 2016 through Shout’s kids & family entertainment imprint, Shout! Factory Kids.
“We’re incredibly excited about this new relationship with Planeta Inform and Rome Animation.
This fun-filled family movie is beautifully animated and an exciting addition to our slate of new family movies for 2016. We look forward to presenting QUACKERZ to North American audiences through a wide variety of entertainment distribution platforms and on family home entertainment shelves,” said Melissa Boag, Sr. Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory.
“We have been fully dedicated to the project over the last several years, and we are proud that we have reached quite an outstanding level of the animation that we hope will become a distinction mark for our brand and our future projects. We are looking forward to theatrical release of Quackerz in the domestic market as well as in the international territories. For us it is extremely important to have the film presented in the North American market, and we’re extremely grateful to Shout Factory’s team for introducing our film to the US and Canada audience. I hope this partnership will become fruitful and long lasting.” – says Ruben Atoyan, Executive Producer of Rome Animation Studio
“Planeta Inform is happy to be involved in international distribution of Quackerz, this is a high quality project which has been created between Russia, USA and China as a coproduction with outsource labs in Estonia, Canada and Spain. The visual part is astounding and the story about ducks is appealing to audiences of different ages. The soundtrack deserves special mention: apart from internationally recognized hits used in the film, the original music is performed by a symphony orchestra which adds a very special mood to the movie” – says Anastasia Bankovskaya, Head of International Sales of Planeta Inform.
“Quackerz brings exceptional animation to a spirited, comic adventure story. What’s not to love about ducks trying to save the world? It’s a visually inventive and family-friendly film that will delight children and parents.” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory.
A production of Rome Animation & Film Studio and A-VFX Studio. QUACKERZ is directed by Victor Lakisov; producers, Vsevolod Zorin, Ruben Atoyan and Oksana Brovchenko; and written by Bob Underwood, John Mickevich, Vadim Sveshnikov, Viсtor Lakisov.
On a faraway island, the peaceful lives of Mandarin ducks turn into a madcap adventure when a flock of military mallards lands on the island, mistaking it for Hawaii. Conflict ensues between the two flocks when the chief of mallards doesn’t reckon with local traditions, and the emperor of Mandarin ducks doesn’t welcome uninvited guests.
Longway is the son of Mandarin duck emperor and a next generation Sun Duck, who possesses the fantastical power to control the energy of the Sun. But he knows nothing of his power. The emperor strives to protect Longway from world dangers by keeping him ignorant of his birthright. However, fate cannot be so easily averted when the evil witch discovers Longway’s secret power. He and his newfound friend Erica, the charming daughter of mallards chief, must unite all the ducks and defeat the daunting witch, who seeks to destroy the Sun.