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Shout! Factory Sets U.S. Release Date for ‘Long Way North’

Beautifully crafted adventure directed by Rémi Chayé and produced by Sacrebleu Productions, Maybe Movies and Norlum Studios opens in Los Angeles, New York and other select cities on September 30th.

Film distributor Shout! Factory has announced a U.S. release date for Long Way North (Tout En Haut Du Monde), the 2D-animated feature from the award-winning creative minds that brought audiences Ernest & Celestine, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells and The Painting.

A beautifully crafted adventure set in 19th century Saint Petersburg, Long Way North follows a young heroine named Sacha, who perseveres through a physical and emotional journey to find her grandfather, who is a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rémi Chayé (The Secret of Kells) and produced by Sacrebleu Productions (Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage), Maybe Movies (Ernest & Celestine) and Norlum Studios (Song of the Sea), Long Way North was written by Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix, with Fabrice de Costil adding the dialogue and final polish. This captivating animated adventure won the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the grand prize at the Tokyo Animation Festival in 2015, and had its North American premiere earlier this year at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Part of a multi-platform release, Long Way North opens in theaters on September 30th in Los Angeles, New York, and other select major markets with a rollout to additional cities to follow. The English-language voice cast includes Leslie Clack, Damian Corcoran, Chloé Dunn, Geoffrey Greenhill, Claire Harrison-Bullett, Antony Hickling, Peter Hudson, Bibi Jacob, Martin Lewis, Kester Lovelace, Tom Morton, Tom Perkins and Vivienne Vermes.

Check out the new North American trailer in the player below:

Chayé opted to animate his first feature in 2D, with a graphically simplified technique that allowed him to focus more on color and evoke the nostalgic worlds of Jack London and Jules Verne. In development since 2005, the film was a labor of love for Chayé, who began as an illustrator for comics and advertising before making his way through the ranks of animation starting as a storyboarder for films like L'île de Black Mór (2004), Secret of the Kells (2009), and The Painting (2011).

Here’s the official synopsis:

LONG WAY NORTH is set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole.

Sacha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather and has the same calling as Oloukine to be an explorer. But Sacha’s parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove the idea to say the least. Defying her destiny, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.

Source: Shout! Factory

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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.