GKIDS has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Extrodinary Tales, an animated film anthology of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories.
The film, which features the voices of Sir Christopher Lee (in one of his final film performances), Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and Guillermo Del Toro, screens throughout this weekat the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. GKIDS plans a day-and-date release on October 30th, in theaters and on video-on-demand platforms. The deal was negotiated between Stephan Roelants for Melusine Productions and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.
“We are thrilled to be back in business with Stephan and Melusine Productions after our work together on Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ SVP of Distribution. “Extraordinary Tales takes on the classic late-night horror anthology format with the full visual inventiveness that only animation allows, and we can’t wait to share it with audiences in the fall.”
Raul Garcia has worked as an animator in 26 feature films, including nine years as a Disney animator in films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, and Fantasia, and a stint as sequence director in Rugrats in Paris, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Wild Thornberries Movie. He co-wrote and directed The Missing Lynx, with Manuel Sicilia.
EXTRAORDINARY TALES, directed by Raúl García, is a film anthology of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death, with animation inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, or the pulpy feel of EC Comics. The stories are narrated by a stable of legendary genre directors and actors, including Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and Guillermo Del Toro. The film is written and directed by Raúl García, produced by Stephan Roelants, and co-produced by Raúl García, Rocio Ayuso, Serge Ume, and Isabelle Truc.