Netflix has acquired writer/director Juan Antin’s animated feature film Pachamama and plans to debut it in June. Centering around a young boy living in a remote village in the Andes, the hybrid-animation adventure pic was nominated for a Cesar Award (France’s national film awards) in the Best Animated Feature category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place on February 22.
Pachamama is produced by Didier Brunner (Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Secret of Kells, Ernest and Celestine), with help from Blue Spirit Animation, Haut et Court, Damien Brunner (Folivari), Olivier de Bannes (O2B Films), Pierre Urbain (Doghouse Films) and Brice Garnier (Kaibou Productions). It features an original score by Pierre Hamon, played on thousand-year-old pre-Columbian instruments.
Netflix holds global distribution rights to the film (excluding France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Canada), which will premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival on February 24 before its worldwide streaming debut.
Netflix is also building towards rolling out its first original animated feature film, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, which will join its lineup for the holiday season this year. The streamer seems to be investing in animated movies these days, with Mark Osborne’s (Kung-Fu Panda, The Little Prince) adapted film Escape from Hat also in the pipeline.