Gkids Acquires Benjamin Renner’s “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” – Animation Scoop

Gkids Acquires Benjamin Renner’s “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”

GKIDS announced today that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales. The film is co-directed by Academy Award-nominee Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert and is based on Renner’s own graphic novel The Big Bad Fox, which was recently released in North America by First Second Publishing. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this winter. The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Aska Yamaguchi of STUDIOCANAL. An English-subtitled trailer for the film can be viewed here:

The film, a hilarious compilation of three outlandish tales set on an everyday farm, premiered at this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival. THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES is adapted for the big screen by Renner and Jean Regnaud, and is the first feature film produced by Didier Brunner’s production company Folivari. GKIDS also distributed Didier Brunner and Benjamin Renner’s previous film, ERNEST AND CELESTINE, which earned them both an Oscar nomination in the 2013 Best Animated Feature category.

“The first time I saw The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, I left the theater grinning from ear-to-ear,” said David Jesteadt, President of GKIDS. “I’m thrilled to be able to share that experience with audiences across North America.”

The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again!

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
Jerry Beck
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  • Cameron Ward

    Jerry, this has made my day! I’m so excited, they are releasing so many this year! it’s almost insane at how many films they are releasing this year!