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Global Screen Nabs Rights to ‘The Last Whale Singer’ Animated Feature

Created by Telescope Animation using Unreal Engine 5, the film tells the story of a teenage humpback whale who must face his fears and summon a mystical song to save the oceans from a monstrous creature.

Global Screen has acquired the global distribution rights for the animated family feature film The Last Whale Singer written and directed by Telescope Animation Studios’ Reza Memari (Richard the Stork). Produced by Maite Woköck (My Fairy Troublemaker), the film’s characters are based on designs by multi-award-winning character designer, Uwe Heidschötter. The movie will be available for presale in Cannes at the Marché du Film later this month.

Produced by Telescope Animation Studios and created with Unreal Engine 5, the movie is set in an underwater world, and tells the epic story of a teenage humpback whale who must face his fears and summon a mystical song to save the oceans from destruction by a monstrous creature.

“This is the story of a young humpback whale who, after the sudden loss of his parents, is confronted with a seemingly impossible task; to discover the song that will save the oceans from destruction,” shared Memari. “It’s a story about radical vulnerability and the power of one voice, courageously singing through fear, to inspire others. The Last Whale Singer also carries another vital message which is close to my heart – the urgent need to respect and protect the natural world.”

“When Reza Memari first told me about his idea for The Last Whale Singer, I was immediately on board,” added Woköck. “Since then, this whale’s incredible journey has grown into a vast, interwoven story universe across multiple media platforms. As a producer it’s a pure joy to be working on a project of such narrative abundance and great potential for international distribution.”

Alice Buquoy, SVP, International Sales & Acquisitions at Global Screen said, “This is an intricately layered film, which reveals the never-before-seen and fascinating world of the whales. It’s a beautifully created piece with stunning animation, an uplifting score and an entertaining narrative bringing the mesmerizing underwater realms to life. The story is life-affirming and touching with a call to action to both young and old, which simply cannot be ignored.”

Vincent, a rebellious teenage whale must venture to the deepest sea and summon his mystical song to save the oceans from the monstrous Leviathan. Vincent is the son of the last Whale Singer Humphrey, whose mystical song is essential for the oceans’ survival. 

When the evil creature breaks free from a melting iceberg and kills Humphrey, Vincent is the only one who can stop the creature from annihilating all marine life by finding his own voice and song. But doubting his ability, and incapable of accepting his father’s death, Vincent undertakes a dangerous journey to bring Humphrey back from the mythical ‘Star Pool’ so that he can defeat the Leviathan.   

With the help of his friends, the finnicky, devoted suckerfish Walter, and Darya, a rambunctious, deaf orca girl, Vincent must embrace his destiny and take his rightful place in the lineage of Whale Singers.

Source: Global Screen

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.