Shout! Factory has snagged all U.S. distribution rights to Snowtime!, a CG animated family adventure film that will make its debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Shout! and CarpeDiem Film & TV, Inc. have entered into a film deal to distribute the feature in all formats, on all platforms, in the United States. Produced by Marie-Claude Beauchamp (The Legend of Sarila) and directed by Jean-François Pouliot (La Grande Séduction), this captivating Snowtime!
The feature’s voice cast includes Angela Gallupo (Being Human), Lucinda Davis (Winx Club), Sonja Ball (The Legend of Sarila), Don Shepherd (Blue Mountain State), Jenna Wheeler, Heidi Lynne Weeks (Heelix), Elisabeth MacRae, Holly Gauthier (Arthur) with Ross Lynch (Disney Channel’s hit series Austin & Ally and pop band R5) and Golden Globe-winner Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways).
Its soundtrack features singer Céline Dion and the popular rock band Simple Plan. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and president of CarpeDiem Film & TV Marie-Claude Beauchamp.
Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of Snowtime! across multiple entertainment platforms, beginning with a theatrical launch in February 2016 through Shout’s kids & family entertainment imprint, Shout! Factory Kids.
Based on the acclaimed live-action film classic La Guerre des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), the film concerns the kids in a small village who decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict, where children learn valuable life lessons on friendship, the importance of unity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry. The film’s underlying message – neither side wins in war – is as relevant today as ever.