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Annecy Festival To Open 2019 Edition with Premiere of ‘Playmobil: The Movie’

CG-animated feature directed by Lino DiSalvo and produced by ON Animation Studios is the first film inspired by the famous German toy figures.

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced that this year’s edition, will open with the world premiere of Playmobil: The Movie. Kicking off the week’s festivities dedicated to animation, the film will be premiered at the opening ceremony at Annecy, on Monday, June 10. This year’s Annecy Festival runs June 10-15, 2019.

The first feature film inspired by the famous toy figures, Playmobil: The Movie will be released in France by Pathé Distribution on August 7. It follows the story of Marla, who goes in search of her little brother Charlie when he disappears into the Playmobil universe.

Here’s the official synopsis:

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends -- the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!

Playmobil: The Movie is produced in Montréal by ON Animation Studios, part of the ON Kids & Family group based in Paris and managed by Aton Soumache, who is recognized for producing the feature film The Little Prince.

Presented at a Work in Progress session during the 2018 Festival, Playmobil: The Movie is directed by Lino DiSalvo, who worked nearly 17 years at Disney and is especially known for his role as Head of Animation on the studio’s Oscar-winning feature Frozen. His other credits include Supervising Animator on both Tangled and Bolt, as well as Meet the RobinsonsChicken Little102 Dalmatians and Reign of Fire.

DiSalvo served as Creative Director for Paramount Animation before joining Paris-based ON Animation Studios (the producers of 2016’s The Little Prince) as Head of Creative. His directorial debut, Playmobil: The Movie, is based on an original story of his and is set for release in August 2019.

Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.