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Fun Academy Sets Release Date Set for ‘Sgt. Stubby’ Feature

Currently in production at Mikros Animation’s Paris and Montreal studios, ‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ is slated to debut in theaters April 13, 2018.

COLUMBUS, GA -- Educational entertainment innovator Fun Academy Motion Pictures has set an April 13, 2018 U.S. release date for Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, a new animated feature based on the life and times of the United States Army’s most decorated dog.

The film is produced by Labyrinth Media & Publishing, Ltd. with animation by Mikros Image, a Technicolor company, from their studios in Paris and Montreal. Fun Academy will distribute the film throughout North America.

Academy Award nominees Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Harry Potter franchise) and Gérard Depardieu (The Life of Pi) will star, with more voice cast to be announced. The film will also feature a score by award-winning composer Patrick Doyle (Brave, Cinderella).

Production of Sgt. Stubby is led by Laurent Rodon and Richard Lanni, who co-wrote the original screenplay with Mike Stokey. César Award-nominated filmmaker Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) will serve as director of story and 2016 Annie Award nominee Céline Desrumaux (The Little Prince) as production designer.

Sgt. Stubby tells the incredible true story of a stray dog and the bond he forged with the doughboys of the 26th “Yankee” Division at the onset of America’s entry into World War I.

“2018 marks the 100th anniversary of American involvement in the WWI, leading up to the armistice in November,” writer and executive producer Richard Lanni explains. “Our film will be part of the global conversation about the Great War and remembering those who served.”

After being adopted off the streets by Private Robert Conroy, Stubby saved hundreds of lives by sounding the alarm for incoming attacks and catching an enemy spy in the trenches. For his valorous actions, Stubby was the first dog to be promoted in U.S. Army history.

Source: Fun Academy Motion Pictures

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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.