Cranston Academy

Anima feature books theatrical debuts

Cranston Academy: Monster Zone will venture into numerous international territories as demand for original Latin American features continues to grow.
March 29, 2021

Double Dutch International has closed a raft of international theatrical sales for Cranston Academy: Monster Zone, a new original animated feature film from Mexican prodco Ánima (Legend Quest).

The CG-animated family adventure will bow in Australia and New Zealand on April 7, and before heading to theaters in Mexico, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy, CIS and Baltic countries, Vietnam, the Middle East, the UK and South Africa.

Directed by Leopoldo Aguilar (Monster Island), Cranston Academy tells the story of a teenage genius who teams up with his academic rival and a half-moth, half-man professor to save their school from a horde of monsters.

The movie is produced by De Fuentes Sainz and Garcia de Letona, and features a voice cast that includes Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) and Ruby Rose (Batwoman).

Cranston Academy was recently nominated in the Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film category at the 2021 Quirino Awards. And it joins several new animated features from LatAm that are gaining traction on the international festival circuit. Chilean/Brazilian feature Nahuel and the Magic Book recently won an Award of Excellence at the Tokyo Anime Film Festival and earned a coveted opening spotlight slot at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. It was also an Annecy selection last year.

Ánima has produced more than 20 animated features to date, including Top Cat: The Movie and trilogy La Leyenda de la Nahuala, La Leyenda de la Llorona and La Leyenda de las Momias. The latter was turned into 2017′s Las Leyendas (The Legends)—Netflix’s first animated original series from LatAm.

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