Magazine article Screen International

Wizart's Snow Queen Inks Australia/NZ Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Wizart's Snow Queen Inks Australia/NZ Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures to release in Aus/NZ following Toronto deal.

Russian animation house Wizart Animation has finalised Toronto deals for The Snow Queen (2012) and The Snow Queen 2 (2014) for Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

The films will be released by Universal Pictures in Australia and New Zealand following an acquisition by Odin's Eye Entertainment while TWC (Transworld Television Corporation) has picked up The Snow Queen for Africa (excluding South Africa).

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale and co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the franchise follows a troll whose victory over the Snow Queen gives his fellow trolls a taste for freedom.

The English-language voice cast on the latest film includes Sharlto Copley, Bella Thorne, Isabelle Fuhrman and Sean Bean.

"Odin's Eye and Universal are very excited about the prospects for this animated franchise in Australia and New Zealand," said Odin's Eye CEO Michael Favelle. …

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