STX Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to On Animation’s Playmobil: The Movie, ahead of the film’s upcoming world premiere at the Annecy animation festival on June 10.
The now-defunct Open Road Films previously held U.S. rights. In 2018, Open Road’s parent company Global Road filed for bankruptcy and was sold to Raven Capital Management, leaving Playmobil: The Movie in limbo for stateside release.
Playmobil is based on the German toyline, and was produced by On Animation’s studio in Montreal, Canada, which is part of the Paris-based company On Kids & Family. The film marks the directorial debut of Lino DiSalvo, who worked at Disney for 16 years, most notably as head of animation on Frozen. DiSalvo directed from a screenplay by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb, and Jason Oremland. The voice cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor, Kenan Thompson, Adam Lambert, Jim Gaffigan, Anya Taylor Joy, and Gabriel Bateman.