Shout! Factory has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to EuropaCorp’s Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The film, directed by co-directed Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla and adapted by Malzieu from his novel, screened at the recent Berlin International Film Festival and is currently in the middle of a theatrical run in France. Malzieu also provides the voice of the title character, whose heart was replaced by a clock when he was born and must avoid feeling strong emotions, especially falling in love.
Shout! plans a 2014 rollout to selected theaters, as well as through video-on-demand, electronic sell-through, broadcast, and in packaged media. Shout! and EuropaCorp’s prior collaboration was the release of A Monster in Paris.
UPDATED February 25, 2014: The full press release announcement from Shout! Factory is included below.
Shout! Factory and EuropaCorp Enter Film Pact for Cross-Platform Distribution
SHOUT! FACTORY SECURES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW CG-ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE
JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART (JACK ET LA MÉCANIQUE DU COEUR)
DIRECTED BY MATHIAS MALZIEU AND STÉPHANE BERLA
Los Angeles, U.S., and Paris, France – February 24, 2014 – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and EuropaCorp have entered into an exclusive picture deal to distribute JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART (Jack et la Mécanique du Coeur) in both U.S. and Canada. A film by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, this visually stunning CG-animated family adventure is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla and EuropaCorp. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and Cécile Fouché, International Sales Manager of EuropaCorp and Virginie Besson-Silla, EuropaCorp.
Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART, including theatrical and digital distribution, home entertainment and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this film in select theaters, video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), electronic-sell-through (EST), television and in all packaged media in 2014.
“Luc Besson, having shown constant and renewed support for this film, is very proud of the result and thus very keen to have a US distributor attached to the film. We are delighted that JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART will soon be available in North America. This superbly animated movie will sure win the hearts and minds of movie fans. Shout! Factory’s success with previous animated feature from EuropaCorp made it the ideal partner to distribute this movie in the U.S and Canada. With its great amount of enthusiasm for our films, we are very pleased to team with Shout! Factory,” stated Virginie Besson-Silla.
“This beautifully made, highly entertaining feature is a perfect addition to our growing library of exciting new films. We look forward to presenting this remarkable family movie to North American audiences through a wide variety of entertainment distribution platforms,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders. “Over last year, we enjoyed tremendous success with Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris from EuropaCorp, and this new opportunity continues to build on our prowess in distributing premiere animation and family friendly content in the entertainment marketplace.”
Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART is a whimsical and visually opulent animated fairy tale set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, unforgettable characters, enchanting music and fantastic adventures. This superbly animated movie about love and the acceptance of others will appeal to all ages.
Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen.
Dr. Madeleine saves his life by inserting a cuckoo clock in place of his defective heart. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack observes three golden rules. First of all, he must never touch the hands of the clock. Secondly, he must control his anger. And last, but certainly not least, he must never, ever fall in love. The moment Jack sets eyes on a young girl singing on a street corner, the hands of his clock-heart begin to race. Desperate to find her again, Jack launches himself into a romantic quest that will lead him from the lochs of Scotland, to the city of Paris and all the way to Andalusia…
Directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, the film boasts an exceptional French voice cast of Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, Babet, Marie Vincent, Emily Loizeau, Dani and Arthur H. English voice cast features Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Harry Sadeghi, Stéphane Cornicard, Sophia Ellis, Jessie Buckley, Barbara Scaff, Michelle Fairley and Richard Riddings
EuropaCorp ranks amongst the top European film studios. Founded in 1999, EuropaCorp’s different activities include production, theater distribution, home entertainment, VOD, sales of TV rights for France as well as sales of international rights, partnerships and licenses, original soundtrack production and publishing. The Group has also been producing TV drama since 2010. EuropaCorp’s integrated financial model generates revenues from a wide range of sources. With films from a wide range of genres and a strong presence in the international market, the Group has produced some of the latest French worldwide record-breaking successes. EuropaCorp’s catalogue includes 500 films and the company employs 120 permanent staff members. For more information go to www.europacorp-corporate.com.
ABOUT SHOUT! FACTORY
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com