When it comes to animated films, most people here in the U.S. think of the big names: Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, perhaps Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Of course, there’s great animation coming out of studios around the world. Think Oscar-nominated “The Triplets of Belleville” or “Ernest & Celestine,” not to mention such anime classics as “Ghost in the Shell.” But most of those films either don’t come to the states, or they don’t get much play because they’re not in English.
In light of that, the multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory is bringing popular animated picture “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” to North American audiences–dubbed in English.
The 2013 French film, directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, is adapted from Malzieu’s novel and a best-selling album by his band, Dionysos. It tells the story of a young boy with a clockwork heart who is forbidden from falling in love and…well, you can guess the rest.
The English voice cast includes “Les Misérables” star Samantha Barks as well as a host of British actors, among them Sophie Ellis, Jessie Buckley and Richard Riddings. With a whimsical, delicate style of animation that calls to mind Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s offbeat charms, there’s a chance “Jack” could woo American audiences by bringing a different sensibility and tone to the animated flicks we’re used to here.
“Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” will be released in theaters and available for download on September 24, 2014. The Film Collective and Dada Films are handling theatrical distribution, while Brainstorm Media is doing VOD.