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New ‘Yellowbird’ Trailer Takes Flight

CG-animated feature from France’s TeamTO will roll out a limited theatrical release in the U.S. beginning December 5, to be followed by a VOD and DVD release on March 17, 2015.

A new trailer has been released for the CG-animated feature Yellowbird, the story of a hero’s journey with a most unlikely hero produced by Paris-based TeamTO Studio (Calimero, Babar and the Adventures of Badou).

Written by Antoine Barraud and Guilhem Lesaffre with Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked), Yellowbird is “the epic story of a young teenage bird so scared to venture out into the world that he nearly misses the fun of discovering who he really is.” A teeny, tiny orphaned bird that has never left the nest, Yellowbird has no family, yet desperately wants one -- until he finds himself leading an entire flock on its migration to Africa.

The film is directed by Christian De Vita, who previously helmed the animated short from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and also served as storyboard lead on Fantastic Mr. Fox and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. Designed by art director Benjamin Renner (director of last year’s Ernest & Celestine), Yellowbird has a voice cast that includes Seth Green, Christine Baranski, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover and Elliot Gould.

Los Angeles-based Wrekin Hill Entertainment acquired all North American rights to the film and will roll out a limited theatrical release beginning December 5, to be followed by a VOD and DVD release from Lionsgate on March 17, 2015.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Yellowbird (Seth Green) is a timid bird who falls from his nest and loses his family. He befriends Ladybug who encourages him to break free and see the world. On his first venture out into the world, he meets Darius (Danny Glover), a patriarch of a migratory bird family that is about to leave for winter migration to Africa. Darius dies, and it's Yellowbird's destiny to lead the flock to Africa for the winter. With the help of Darius's charming daughter, Delf (Dakota Fanning), the group has an exciting adventure that sends them to Paris, Holland, and over the vast Ocean. 

Source: Wrekin Hill Entertainment

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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.