‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Animator DNEG Going Public

DNEG, the British animation company responsible for Disney/20th Century Studios’ theatrical release Ron’s Gone Wrong, is going public through a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) deal with publicly traded Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp.

Upon closing of the transaction, which claims a $1.7 billion enterprise value, the combined company will be renamed DNEG, and it is expected that its common stock shares will be listed on the Nasdaq.  The combined company will be led by Namit Malhotra, DNEG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“This transaction creates long-term stability for our teams while also allowing us to exploit the tailwinds in the media and entertainment industry and the explosion in demand for content, which are huge growth drivers for our company,” Malhotra said in a statement.

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Following the release of its first animated feature, Ron’s Gone Wrong, which is now streaming on Disney+ and HBO Max, DNEG Animation’s latest animated adaptation involves comic strip character Garfield, the lasagne-eating feline.

The movie is written by David Reynolds (Finding Nemo), with Mark Dindal (Chicken LittleThe Emperor’s New Groove) directing, and with the Garfield character voiced by Chris Pratt (Guardians of the GalaxyJurassic World). The animated feature will be distributed by Sony Pictures.

DNEG has won six Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and numerous BAFTA and Primetime EMMY Awards for its VFX work. Current and upcoming DNEG projects on behalf of its Hollywood and global studio and production company partners, include Uncharted (February 2022), Death on the Nile (February 2022), Moonfall (February 2022), Borderlands (2022), Stranger Things S4 (2022), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022), Knives Out 2 (2022), The Last of Us (2022), The Flash (2022), and Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023).

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Stars Donate Buddy Benches to Schools

To commemorate the recent Blu-ray Disc and digital release of Ron’s Gone Wrong, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution on Dec. 17 announced that cast members Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Colman and Ed Helms will be donating “buddy benches” to schools of their choice.

The animated comedy from 20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation centers on the adventures of a glitchy B*Bot called Ron and his human best friend, Barney. In the film, a well-meaning teacher creates a “buddy bench” at Barney’s school to help him make friends.

Galifianakis, who voices Ron, has pledged a bench to the Wilksboro Elementary School in his hometown of Wilksboro, N.C.

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Colman — who portrays Barney’s grandmother Donka — and her husband, writer Ed Sinclair, are giving a bench to the Holt Youth Project in Norfolk, U.K.

Helms, who plays Barney’s father Graham, is donating a bench to his alma mater, the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Dedication ceremonies at each school will be held in early 2022.

Ron’s Gone Wrong was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7. The film, which earned $22.9 million at the domestic box office, became available for digital purchase Dec. 15 — the same day it began streaming on both Disney+ and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Headed to Both Disney+ and HBO Max Dec. 15

Diensy-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated theatrical comedy Ron’s Gone Wrong is set to stream on both Disney+ and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, in addition to digital retail channels, beginning Dec. 15. The action adventure, featuring the voices of Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Olivia Colman, generated $22 million domestically, $57.5 million worldwide.

As previously announced, the movie, about a socially awkward middle-schooler who receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box,” will be available a week earlier on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, beginning Dec. 7. It will be available for digital purchase starting Dec. 15, the same day it debuts on the subscription platforms.

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The unusual co-existing streaming access on both Disney+ and HBO Max is part of WarnerMedia’s amended Pay 1 distribution deal through 2022 with the former 20th Century Fox Studios (now 20th Century Studios) and existing Searchlight Pictures Disney acquired for $71 million in 2017.

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Heading Home on Disc Dec. 7, Digital Dec. 15

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated film Ron’s Gone Wrong will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7, followed by a digital sellthrough release Dec. 15.

Things go awry when Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer), a socially awkward middle schooler, receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device called a B*Bot that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box,” which he calls Ron (Zach Galifianakis). Unwilling to allow Ron to be fixed to eliminate its uniqueness, Barney runs away with it, embarking on crazy adventures and discovering self-acceptance and courage along the way.

The cast also includes Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Marcus Scribner, Ricardo Hurtado and Thomas Barbusca.

The film earned $21.1 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include a music video for “Sunshine” by Liam Payne, and the featurettes “A Boy and His B*Bot: When Jack Met Zach, a discussion between Galifianakis and Grazer, and “Making Ron Right,” a look behind the scenes.

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