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‘Animal Crackers’ Will Not Be Released Around National Animal Crackers Day

Animal Cracker, an independent cg feature, was scheduled to be released on April 21, just a few days after National Animal Crackers Day on April 18, but that schedule has now changed thanks to “some bad people.”

The announcement was made yesterday on Facebook by Scott Christian Sava, who co-directed the film with former Disney animator and Mulan co-director Tony Bancroft. Sava’s statement indicated that animation on the film was finished, and that they were working on music and sound, which they plan to wrap in the next eight weeks.

However, the release date has now been bumped to September 1, 2017, which is Labor Day weekend. Sava attributed the delay to shady business on the part of people that he will not identify by name. “Unfortunately, Hollywood is filled with some bad people,” Sava wrote. “Mean people. People who lie and cheat and steal.” In a comment to a fan, Sava further explained, “It’s not money we need. The film’s done. It’s the gatekeepers who get the film to the people. They’re pretty slimy.”

Animal Crackers is the story of a workaholic dad who inherits a rundown circus and discovers a magical box of animal crackers that converts people who eat the crackers into animals. The celebrity voice cast includes Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Sylvester Stallone, Sir Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Patrick Warburton, and Wallace Shawn.

Blue Dream Studios produced the film with Asian investment from Beijing Wen Hua Dong Run Investment Co., China Film Co., and Landmark Asia. Australian sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment had signed on to sell the film to international distributors, but they do not currently have the film listed on their web site.

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  • I wish the stills had as much appeal as the poster

    • Scott Christian Sava

      Aw. Thank you.
      :)

      • ike

        Good luck on the release! The stills look great and the team has been doing a superb job!

  • Looks almost like a take-off of Chris Van Allsburg’s Jumanji (art direction on the animals).

  • HalSolo

    I’m sorry but what’s the problem here? If they release in April there’s been no marketing run up, and it would be competing against BEAUTY AND THR BEAST. Releasing in September gives them the prime summer months to put out trailers and gain exposure for a theatrical release.

    • Metlow Rovenstein

      I’m pretty sure it’s the distributors who are the shady people, but who knows?

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Do any of the characters turn into bears? I like bears.

  • osa3l

    I love how they communicate on Facebook. Been following them for months and always loved their WIPs! Good luck team!

  • Working on this film has been one of the best experiences in my professional life. The production has been a true under dog story and something that I am nothing but proud. Scott and his wife Donna had a dream to make this charming family-focused comedy and have poured their whole lives into it. I am happy to have come up beside them to support it and add my experience and love to it. Just like our entire cast and crew has. Everyone has poured so much into this project. It just has to have it’s day. But yes, there is everything against an independent film in this market. Thanks Amid!

  • Gerry McGrory

    Okay, I get that Hollywood is kind of the big fat-cat arch-nemesis of independent filmmaking, but I think I know the real reason why Animal Crackers’ distributors postponed it from the creator Scott Sava’s envisioned release date. Here’s my theory on the situation… the 8th Fast and Furious movie (aka, The Fate of the Furious). I know Animal Crackers was originally scheduled to be released just four days after it (to commemorate National Animal Crackers Day, of course), but come on, we’re talking about The Fast and Furious series here; the last F&F instalment made over a billion dollars, so of course, I could imagine that it would absolutely overshadow Animal Crackers to flat-out oblivion, even after the former film’s first day.

    However, I’m gonna be honest here… I doubt Animal Crackers will be a success anyway, even if it’ll be a few months ahead of Fate of the Furious. Because 1.) There is so far not one bit of marketing done for this film at all, last I checked. Heck, not even an official trailer! And 2.) I don’t see a huge amount of people wildly interested in checking it out.

    Personally, I do like the concept behind this film, and the voice cast that they got. That, and those screenshots and the poster that Scott Sava drew (I know because I see his signature on the bottom-right side of the poster) look really nice. But I can’t help but feel like the story/writing itself isn’t gonna be all that good.