The Weinstein Company is gearing up for its biggest year of family friendly entertainment yet with multiple animated films coming to theaters in 2013. Buoyed by the heat that ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH is generating and the inside buzz that is building on the project, TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein announced the slate and release dates for TWC’s upcoming animated films. In addition to ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, upcoming releases include: SANTAPPRENTICE, THE TRICK OR TREATERS and LEO THE LION.
Said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, “Following the success of THE LORAX, RANGO and the continued achievements of some of the industry’s most successful animated filmmakers, we are producing animation with comedic stories that the entire family can enjoy. ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH already boasts a great cast including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser,James Gandolfini, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry. We will be utilizing all of our relationships with top talent across the board to deliver the appropriate comedic tone and entertainment.”
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, a CG-animated comedy, will be in theaters on February 14, 2013. In ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, made in association with GRF, astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet. LEO THE LION, the story of a young vegetarian lion who is seen as an outcast among his fellow lions, will be released on August 30, 2013. THE TRICK OR TREATERS, a tale of villains pilfering from the countryside until they are charmed by a young orphan girl, will be in theaters on October 25, 2013. SANTAPPRENTICE, which tells the story of a young orphan who is chosen to replace Santa when he retires, will be out on December 6, 2013. A-list voice talent will be announced closer to release. In development is franchise project CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE, written by Evan Spiliotopoulos whose credits include THE LION KING 1 1/2, THE JUNGLE BOOK 2; and MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS.