Shout! Factory’s Shout! Kids unit has set home release dates for the new animated film Gulliver Returns, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ukrainian relief efforts.
The film will be released digitally July 26, followed by a DVD release on Aug. 9.
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A portion of first-year sales will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides fresh meals in response to crises. The organization is currently active in Ukraine and surrounding countries, providing meals for as many people as possible at border crossings, shelters, and other locations.
Inspired by both Jonathan Swift’s timeless tale and an original idea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Gulliver Returns is a production of Gulliver Films and 95 Animation Studio in Ukraine. The English-language movie is directed by Ilya Maksimov, with Tony Bonilla (Encanto, Moana) as animation director.
Advance orders for the Gulliver Returns DVD are being accepted now at ShoutFactory.com.
In the film, Gulliver receives an urgent letter from the people of Lilliput, asking for his help. Seeing that remarkable changes have taken place on the island, Gulliver and his friends find themselves in a whirlwind of extraordinary events, including encounters with crafty enemies and breakneck chases.
Walt Disney Animation Studios (Disney Animation) has launched an internal program enabling animators at the company to pitch their own short films to stream on the parent company’s Disney+ subscription streaming video service bowing in November.
Dubbed “Short Circuit” experimental films, the program’s selected content will begin streaming on Disney+ in early 2020.
Initial titles include “Jing Hua” from Jerry Huynh, who reportedly worked as a technical director on Disney animated theatrical/home entertainment hits Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet, among others.
“Just a Thought” from Brian Menz, whose credits include Bolt, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Zootopia, Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
And finally, story artist Natalie Nourigat’s (Ralph Breaks the Internet) short film, “Exchange Student.”
All three films have their debut June 14 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France — the same venue that premiered Moana in 2016.
NPD’s VideoScan DVD and Blu-ray sales tracking service has reported Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Moana as the top-selling disc of 2017 in the United States.
The animated film outpaced No. 2 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, from Disney’s Lucasfilm division, according to VideoScan.
The top 10 titles on VideoScan’s list of 2017’s top-selling combined DVD and Blu-ray units were:
- Moana (Disney)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney/Lucasfilm)
- Sing (Universal)
- Wonder Woman (Warner)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Disney/Marvel)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner)
- Logan (Fox)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
- The Fate of the Furious (Universal)
- Doctor Strange (Disney/Marvel)
The VideoScan list differs slightly from the top 10 reported by tracking website The-Numbers.com, which reports unit sales and revenue based on estimates and industry surveys, though Moana was the top title on both lists.
The top 10, according to tracking from The-Numbers.com, were:
- Moana (Disney), 4.12 million units, $109.7 million
- Beauty and the Beast (Disney), 4.08 million units, $82.38 million
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney/Lucasfilm), 3.75 million units, $77 million
- Trolls (DreamWorks), 3 million units, $65.47 million
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Disney/Marvel), 2.85 million units, $57.3 million
- Sing (Universal), 2.81 million units, $57.42 million
- Wonder Woman (Warner), 2.61 million units, $68.77 million
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner), 2.4 million units, $51.03 million
- Logan (Fox), 1.94 million units, $41.02 million
- The Fate of the Furious (Universal), 1.78 million units, $40.2 million