Apple inks animated feature films, TV series deal with Skydance Animation

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in General Discussion edited February 2021
A new deal with Skydance Animation grants Apple TV+ the exclusive streaming rights to films "Luck" and "Spellbound," and a two-season order for the animated series "The Search for WondLa."

Image Credit: Skydance Animation/Apple
Image Credit: Skydance Animation/Apple


Skydance Animation has moved two of its animated feature films, "Luck" and "Spellbound" to Apple TV+, following prolonged talks.

"Luck," directed by Peggy Holmes, follows the story of the unluckiest girl in the world who stumbles upon the "never-before-seen world of good and bad luck." The other title, "Spellbound," is described as a musical fantasy set in a world of magic and follows a young girl who "sets out to break the spell that has split her kingdom in two."

"Luck" and "Spellbound" were initially slated for release at Paramount, but Skydance has a contractual right to move the projects elsewhere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Search for WondLa" is an original animated TV series based on the book series by Tony DiTerlizzi. The Apple Original series will be written and executive produced by showrunner Lauren Montgomery, with Chad Quant, DiTerlizzi, and Gotham Group also serving as executive producers.

"Luck" and "Spellbound" join other Apple TV+ animated series, including Apple's first feature-length animated film, "Wolfwalkers," and the hit animated series "Central Park."

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    Apple will now be directly competing with Pixar.  That is strange. 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,789member
    pigybank said:
    Apple will now be directly competing with Pixar.  That is strange. 
    If Apple had been serious about the AppleTV way back, they could have bought Pixar. Then people would have a reason to subscribe to AppleTV+.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    elijahg said:
    pigybank said:
    Apple will now be directly competing with Pixar.  That is strange. 
    If Apple had been serious about the AppleTV way back, they could have bought Pixar. Then people would have a reason to subscribe to AppleTV+.
    "Way back" - when is that? In 2006 instead of Disney buying it? As a preparation for an Apple TV+ launch in 2019?
    13 years difference. That's truly - way back.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    elijahg said:
    pigybank said:
    Apple will now be directly competing with Pixar.  That is strange. 
    If Apple had been serious about the AppleTV way back, they could have bought Pixar. Then people would have a reason to subscribe to AppleTV+.
    Disney bought Pixar before Apple released the first Apple TV.  Not a realistic complaint.

    They'd also have been buying it significantly from their own CEO, which would have probably had all sorts of problems with the SEC.
    edited February 2021
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