Friday, February 17, 2017

Trailer: The Swan Princess Goes ‘Royally Undercover’ in Brand-New Adventure

The Swan Princess is back with an all-new feature length movie, ‘Swan Princess: Royally Undercover,’ available on DVD on March 28.The Swan Princess is back with an all-new feature length movie, ‘Swan Princess: Royally Undercover,’ available on DVD on March 28.

EXCLUSIVE: The Swan Princess is back, with an all-new feature length movie! AWN has snagged an exclusive first look at the brand-new trailer for Swan Princess: Royally Undercover, the seventh installment of the beloved animated musical franchise based on the classic ballet, “Swan Lake.”

Arriving for the first time on DVD on March 28th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover follows the enchanting tale of young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a new adventure where they solve a royal mystery using their detective skills and spy gadgets. In the movie, after mysterious visitors arrive in the Kingdom, Princess Alise, Lucas and their friends go undercover on a secret spy adventure to see if they can be trusted. They will need all of their superior detective skills as well as some super cool gadgets to solve the royal mystery and save the Kingdom.

Check out the brand-new trailer in the player below:

Directed by Richard Rich from a story by Richard Rich and Brian Nissen, and a screenplay by Brian Nissen, The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover was produced by Richard Rich, Seldon O. Young, and Jared F. Brown, with Seldon O. Young, serving as executive producer. 

Featuring fan-favorite characters and all news faces, this next installment is the perfect fit for a new generation of Swan Princess fans, as well as nostalgic fans of the franchise. The DVD release includes a behind-the-scenes look at The X Factor star Macy Kate in the studio as she records the theme song for The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover, “Born to Be Me.” Macy Kate also sang the theme song in the previous installment, The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today, which was titled “I’ll Be Your Star.”

The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover has a run time of approximately 79 minutes and is rated G.

Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

China’s Tencent Partnering with Up Studios for ‘Super BOOMi’

Chinese tech and media giant Tencent teams with one of China's leading original IP studios to produce of a new CG-animated series based on the hit character BOOMi.

Chinese tech and media giant Tencent has invested in the new CG-animated series, Super BOOMi, produced by Up Studios, one of China's leading original IP studios.

The deal, valued at seven figures in U.S. dollars, includes cash investment in the series production by both Tencent and Up Studios, along with Tencent's vast promotional resources across its growing video platform, the WeChat mobile platform, and promotional events across the country.

Super BOOMi will launch with 52 11-minute episodes beginning summer 2017, with production at Up Studios continuing through 2018. The adventure show stars the character BOOMi, an adorable bear with a big imagination who invents a virtual reality world where toys come to life.

BOOMi was created by Up Studios founder and CEO Trevor Lai, and the character has enjoyed exposure in Greater China thanks to previous partnerships with Apple, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Shanghai, and others. Last year, Up Studios also signed the largest licensing deal for an original IP in China with the Intercontinental Hotel Group, and BOOMi is now featured in more than 80 Holiday Inn hotels and resorts across the country. Recently, BOOMi family suites were also launched in pilot programs at Holiday Inns in Australia and Singapore, and the series is poised to find international broadcast and licensing partners at Kidscreen later this month. Wanda, the Chinese conglomerate which acquired AMC Theaters and Legendary Entertainment, recently renovated 100 of the suites at its largest ski resort in China to become BOOMi family rooms filled with the character's furnishings, merchandise and content.

The Super BOOMi series deal with Tencent marks the latest milestone for Lai and Up Studios, as the company celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. Last year, Lai became the first author-illustrator in China to sign a six-figure deal with Bloomsbury Press, the publishing house behind the “Harry Potter” book franchise, for the Piggy series, which was published internationally in December. He is currently developing animated shows for both Piggy as well as his other book series published by Macmillan's Imprint, “Tomo Explores The World.”

Source: Up Studios