Viva Pictures Acquires Highly-Anticipated Animated Feature “Scarygirl” ahead of Cannes Festival - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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Viva Pictures Acquires Highly-Anticipated Animated Feature “Scarygirl” ahead of Cannes Festival

 Viva Pictures Acquires Highly-Anticipated Animated Feature “Scarygirl” ahead of Cannes Festival


Viva Pictures is excited to announce its acquisition of "Scarygirl," an animated feature film based on the widely celebrated graphic novel, toys, and game brand. This 'coming of age' adventure is set to captivate families with its imaginative storytelling and unique visual style.


The film is a co-production between Highly Spirited and Like A Photon Creative and executive produced by John Stevenson, director of "Kung Fu Panda." 


"I loved Nathan Jurevicius’ Scarygirl” said John Stevenson.  “It is a bold and totally original invention… conceived in Nathan’s uniquely brilliant art style. It was a wonderful challenge to translate Nathan’s beautiful paintings into an animated film, telling a complex fantasy story full of crazy adventures and memorable characters in a distinctive visual style. Totally original, breathtakingly funny, heartwarming, mysterious, and exciting, Scarygirl is an animated film like no other.”


Laura Prieto, VP of Acquisitions at Viva Pictures, shares, "The acquisition of 'Scarygirl' is a landmark moment for Viva Pictures as we expand our portfolio with innovative, visually spectacular stories that resonate with global audiences. ‘Scarygirl' is more than a film; it's a captivating adventure with emotional depth, appealing broadly to its primary audience of kids and families alike.”


Tania Pinto Da Cunha, Partner / VP of International Sales, Pink Parrot, added, “We are very excited to partner with Viva Kids on this theatrical release. They have been indispensable partners when it comes to supporting independent animation titles.”


Set on an isolated peninsula, "Scarygirl" introduces Arkie, a smart, technology-savvy girl with a tentacle-like arm, raised in secret by her father Blister—a rare, life-regenerating giant octopus. As they face a mysterious reduction in sunlight threatening their home, Arkie's attempts to fix the situation inadvertently expose them to the world, sparking a thrilling rescue mission in the dazzling City of Light.


The film is Directed by Ricard Cussó and co-directed by Tania Vincent, the project is produced by an acclaimed production team led by Sophie Byrne (Highly Spirited) and Kristen Souvlis, Nadine Bates, and Ryan Greaves (Like A Photon Creative).


"Scarygirl" is scheduled for a wide theatrical release on October 11, 2024. Casting is underway for the lead character as a North America exclusive. 


PINK PARROT MEDIA is an international sales company that specializes in animation and live-action family entertainment. The company is active in distribution, acquisitions, packaging, and financing projects as well as co-productions. Pink Parrot Media is dedicated to its partnership with filmmakers and focused on delivering high-quality CGI animation feature films with strong storytelling, as well as 2D animation features and television series to market.


Viva Pictures Distribution Company is a distinguished film production studio and distributor, committed to providing world-class family entertainment for global audiences. With its own animation studio based in the Canary Islands and a rich portfolio of animated films, Viva Pictures strives to captivate and engage audiences worldwide, fostering a love for storytelling across all ages. Recently, Viva Pictures ushered the animated indie THE AMAZING MAURICE to the Sundance Film Festival and to a wide theatrical release. Viva Pictures also owns Kidsflix, the kid-safe and parent-friendly FAST channel, a destination to stream free movies and TV series. Kidsflix is available on iTunes, Google Play, Roku, and on major TV brands worldwide.


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