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Alan Menken Animated Musical ‘Spellbound’ Gets Fall 2022 Release From Paramount and Skydance

Alan Menken Animated Musical ‘Spellbound’ Gets Fall 2022 Release From Paramount and Skydance
Paramount Pictures is partnering with Skydance to co-finance and release the animated musical fantasy “Spellbound,” which features original songs and music from legendary Disney composer Alan Menken.

Spellbound” is now slated for global theatrical release on Nov. 11, 2022. This follows the release of Skydance Animation’s first original feature “Luck,” which will open domestically Feb. 18, 2022 with a worldwide rollout to follow.

In addition to Menken, “Spellbound” boasts a who’s who of animation royalty. It’s directed by “Shrek’s” Vicky Jenson and written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin (“Mulan”) and Linda Woolverton, with “Shrek” producer David Lipman recently joining the project.

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“Spellbound” is set in a world of magic, where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. Menken will write original music for the project,
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Skydance's Animated 'Luck,' 'Spellbound' Land 2022 Release Dates

Skydance's Animated 'Luck,' 'Spellbound' Land 2022 Release Dates
Skydance and Paramount Pictures are continuing their partnership with the original animated musical Spellbound, which will hit theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.

In a twinned move, David Ellison's company and Paramount said Monday they are pushing back the release of Luck from spring 2021 to Feb. 18, 2022.

Luck is the first feature from Skydance Animation, headed by former Pixar chief John Lasseter and Holly Edwards. The division was formed in 2017 with the goal of producing both feature films and TV series.

Paramount is co-financing both movies.

Luck and Spellbound create rich worlds and compelling characters that we know will resonate with ...
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Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck,’ ‘Spellbound’ Scheduled for 2022 Release

Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck,’ ‘Spellbound’ Scheduled for 2022 Release
Paramount Pictures will release Skydance Animation titles “Luck” and “Spellbound” in 2022.

Paramount made the announcement Monday. It came three years after David Ellison’s Skydance Media launched Skydance Animation by forming a partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios.

“Luck,” directed by Peggy Holmes, will open on Feb. 18, 2022, as the first feature from Skydance Animation. The story centers on the unluckiest girl alive who stumbles upon a world of good and bad luck and must join with magical creatures to uncover a force more powerful than luck itself.

“Spellbound” has been set for a Nov. 11, 2022, launch. The story is set in a world of magic where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. “Shrek” director Vicky Jensen, winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, will re-team with “Shrek” producer David Lipman.

“Spellbound” is written by Lauren Hyne and Elizabeth Martin and Linda Woolverton.
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‘Shrek’s Vicky Jenson to Direct Animated Movie ‘Spellbound’ for Skydance, Paramount

‘Shrek’s Vicky Jenson to Direct Animated Movie ‘Spellbound’ for Skydance, Paramount
Paramount and Skydance have announced that the original animated musical Spellbound will hit theaters on Nov. 11, 2022 -- nine months after the release of Skydance Animation's first original feature, Luck. Vicky Jenson, who co-directed Shrek with Andrew Adamson, will direct from a script by Mulan scribes Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin as well as The Lion King writer Linda Woolverton. The story is set in a world of magic, where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. Shrek producer David Lipman recently joined the project, and Paramount will co-finance the …
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Paramount Dates Skydance’s ‘Spellbound’ & ‘Luck’ For 2022

Paramount Dates Skydance’s ‘Spellbound’ & ‘Luck’ For 2022
Skydance and Paramount Pictures announced the release dates for two animated features today: Spellbound which will open worldwide on Nov. 11, 2022 and Luck on Feb. 18, 2022.

Spellbound and Luck will be co-financed by Paramount. Luck reps the first title from Skydance Animation.

President of Skydance Animation Holly Edwards said, “Luck and Spellbound create rich worlds and compelling characters that we know will resonate with audiences everywhere. It’s incredibly exciting to see our team of legendary creatives working around the clock and across the globe to bring these pictures to life.”

“Luck and Spellbound mark the next phase of Skydance and Paramount’s commitment to feature animation for the theatrical experience,” said Paramount’s President of Domestic Distribution, Chris Aronson. “These films not only continue our longstanding relationship with Skydance, but, along with Paramount Animation’s own upcoming films, mean we will be releasing event-level animated films for years to come.”

Spellbound,
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‘Spellbound’: Music Legend Alan Menken to Score a Non-Disney Animated Film

‘Spellbound’: Music Legend Alan Menken to Score a Non-Disney Animated Film
Alan Menken can never take a break from being a Disney Legend, but the Oscar-winning composer and lyricist can take a break from scoring a Disney movie every now and then. Menken is lending his extraordinary talents to Skydance Animation’s upcoming Spellbound, an animated musical fantasy that sounds right up the composer’s wheelhouse. Deadline reports that Menken […]

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Composer/Songwriter Alan Menken Joins ‘Spellbound’ Feature for John Lasseter’s Skydance Animation

Composer/Songwriter Alan Menken Joins ‘Spellbound’ Feature for John Lasseter’s Skydance Animation
The John Lasseter-led Skydance Animation feature slate is coming together more than a year after he left Disney/Pixar amid workplace sexual harassment allegations, with director Vicky Jenson (“Shrek”) helming a musical fantasy titled “Spellbound” (working title), about a young girl breaking the spell that has split her kingdom in two. Disney musical legend Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast”) has just been signed to compose the score and original songs, with a script by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (“Mulan”) and Linda Woolverton (“Beauty and the Beast”). Joining Menken is celebrated lyricist and frequent collaborator Glenn Slater (“Tangled”) and lauded music producer Chris Montan (former head of Walt Disney Music).

“Alan Menken’s music defines a generation and is loved by audiences around the world,” said Jenson. “From day one, we knew this magical world would be full of music, and we knew only Alan could bring it to life.
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Alan Menken to Write Music and Score for Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’

Alan Menken to Write Music and Score for Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’
Skydance Animation has nabbed one of the biggest names in family entertainment to compose the music and score for an upcoming feature. Alan Menken, best-known for creating such classic songs as “Under the Sea” and “Be Our Guest,” will bring his melodic talents to “Spellbound.” The film, which will likely be re-titled, centers on a young girl who must break a spell that has split her kingdom in two.

Menken’s list of credits includes “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Enchanted,” “Pocahontas” and “Tangled”… or basically every movie from Disney’s animation renaissance. He cooked up the music for “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Newsies,” two live-action favorites, for good measure.

Menken’s hire is welcome news for Skydance Animation, which has been the subject of controversy since it tapped John Lasseter in 2019 to head the division alongside Holly Edwards. Lasseter is
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Disney Legend Alan Menken Will Compose Music for Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’

Disney Legend Alan Menken Will Compose Music for Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’
Alan Menken, the eight time Academy Award-winning composer of films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid,” will compose original music and the score for Skydance Animation’s upcoming feature “Spellbound.”

The film, which is being directed by Vicky Jenson from a script by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (“Mulan”) and Linda Woolverton, is set in a world of magic where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. “Spellbound” is the animated feature’s working title.

Menken’s legendary career, spanning more than four decades, includes award-winning work on “Aladdin,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Pocahontas,” “Newsies,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Enchanted” and “Tangled.” Menken has also won more Oscars than any other composer.

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He will compose music alongside Grammy winner Glenn Slater, who will write lyrics. The two
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Alan Menken To Compose Music & Score For Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’

Alan Menken To Compose Music & Score For Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’
Eight-time Oscar winning composer and lyricist Alan Menken is set to pen the music and score to Skydance Animation’s upcoming musical fantasy Spellbound.

Menken will team with lyricist and frequent collaborator Glenn Slater and music producer Chris Montan.

Directed by Vicky Jenson and written by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (Mulan) and Linda Woolverton, Spellbound follows a young girl who must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two.

Menken is known for his award-winning work on Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, Pocahontas, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled. His work also includes the onstage musicals Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, A Bronx Tale and Sister Act as well as adaptations of his film work including Newsies.

“Alan Menken’s music defines a
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Alan Menken to Compose Original Songs and Score for Skydance Animation's 'Spellbound'

Alan Menken to Compose Original Songs and Score for Skydance Animation's 'Spellbound'
Alan Menken — the legendary composer behind such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and Tangled — will compose original songs and the score for Skydance Animation's upcoming animated feature Spellbound (working title).

He will be joined by lyricist and frequent collaborator Glenn Slater (Tangled) and music producer Chris Montan (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen).

Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale) is helming Spellbound, which is written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin (Mulan) and Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King). The story is set in a world of ...
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Skydance Media buys animation unit of Spain’s Ilion Studios

Skydance Media buys animation unit of Spain’s Ilion Studios
Creative talent roster includes Shrek director Vicky Jenson, Tangled’s Nathan Greno.

Skydance Media has acquired the animation unit of Madrid-based Ilion Studios to form Skydance Animation Madrid led by John Lasseter.

The strategic acquisition combines Skydance’s creative capital and Ilion’s talent and creates a combined workforce of close to 500 employees.

Lasseter and Holly Edwards lead Skydance Animation, whose feature slate includes Luck, about an unlucky girl who uncovers a force more powerful than luck itself; musical fantasy Spellbound (working title); and Pookoo (working title).

The roster of creatives include Shrek director Vicky Jenson (Spellbound), Peggy Holmes (Luck
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Skydance Acquires Spain’s Ilion Studios To Form Combined U.S.-Europe Animation Outfit

Skydance Acquires Spain’s Ilion Studios To Form Combined U.S.-Europe Animation Outfit
David Ellison’s Skydance Media has acquired animation outfit Ilion Studios, formalizing its tie-up with the Spanish company beyond the initial partnership that was instigated back in 2017.

The newly-launched Skydance Animation Madrid will act as a counterpart to Skydance’s animation division in the U.S., with the combined companies having a workforce of close to 500 across the two continents. Former Pixar exec John Lasseter and industry veteran Holly Edwards will head up the combined entity.

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Skydance Animation was launched back in 2017, partnering with Spanish production co Ilion on a debut slate of film and TV.

Projects on the horizon include Luck, from The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning director Peggy Holmes, Cars
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Skydance Media Acquires Animation Unit Of Madrid-Based Ilion Studios

Skydance Media Acquires Animation Unit Of Madrid-Based Ilion Studios
Skydance Media Monday announced it’s acquired the animation unit of Madrid-based Ilion Studios, to form Skydance Animation Madrid.

The financial terms of weren’t revealed. Skydance, founded by David Ellison in 2010, said the deak “combines the creative capital of Skydance with Ilion’s best-in-class talent” and gives Skydance Animation – led by John Lasseter and Holly Edwards – full oversight of production.

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The combined entity will have 500 employees across two continents and “the expanded creative capability, scale and leverage to deliver on its goal of becoming an industry-leading producer of high-end animated films and television series for audiences around the world,” said CEO Ellison.

“The world is going
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Skydance Media Acquires Animation Unit of Ilion Studios

Skydance Media Acquires Animation Unit of Ilion Studios
Skydance Media has acquired the animation unit of Madrid-based Ilion Studios. The new entity will be rechristened Skydance Animation Madrid.

The companies had been working together for some time. The acquisition gives animation chief John Lasseter control over all aspects of production. Skydance and Ilion, both of which are privately held, did not disclose a purchase price.

The deal will give Skydance roughly 500 employees across two continents. It comes as Lasseter is trying to transform the company into a major force in animation. That transformation has been bumpy, at times, primarily because Lasseter’s hire was controversial. Lasseter, the major creative force at Pixar and Disney Animation, was ousted from the company in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct with employees.

At Skydance, Lasseter appointed industry veteran Holly Edwards to be president of Skydance Animation and has worked to expand the company’s production slate. The company’s upcoming films include “Luck,
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