The Peruvian-Dutch animated movie “Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon” has secured big sales with Cinema Management Group (CMG) in Los Angeles and Paris, ahead of its global debut at the 60th Annecy International Animation Film Festival this week. The U.K. and Ireland’s rights have been acquired by Signature Entertainment, while Australia and New Zealand’s rights have been acquired by Rialto Distribution. Signature will release the picture this year, along with the more than 80 other regions who pre-bought it from CMG. “Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon” was an international box office success, debuting at No. 2 in Central America, No. 3 in Ukraine and Norway, and No. 4 in the United Kingdom.
The animated film follows Ainbo, a thirteen-year-old indigenous girl, and her wise and eccentric spirit guardians, Dillo, an armadillo, and Vaca, an enormous tapir, on their epic adventure. They set out to preserve the Amazon rainforest, which is on the verge of extinction. The animated film, like Disney’s “Moana” and “Frozen,” sends a timely message on the need of conserving our planet’s finite natural resources. The Amazon forest, which is shared by nine nations but is mostly contained inside the boundaries of Brazil, has been badly damaged by rapidly increasing human settlements, wildfires, and unethical mining firms. The Amazon is home to 30 million people from 350 distinct ethnic groups. IMDB