MUMBAI: Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the new underwater film OceanWorld 3D, the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D.
The film is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary Captain Jacques- Yves Cousteau, and was directed and produced respectively by veteran filmmakers Jean- Jacques & Francois Mantello. This deal marks the first collaboration between Disneynature and 3D Entertainment, a company founded in 2001 to produce unique and immersive 3D story-driven experiences for audiences of all ages. OceanWorld 3D, an 85-minute feature film, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Annual Film Market last month, and will be released theatrically in France and Russia starting this August. The film’s North America debut will be announced at a later date.
Disneynature executive vice president and general manager Jean-Francois Camilleri said, "We are honored to be working with the film’s ambassador, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and the renowned underwater documentarians the Mantello Brothers in bringing this extraordinary film to moviegoers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This is exactly the kind of film that Disneynature is striving to make, and it delivers an incomparable level of quality and craftsmanship. 3D ntertainment set out to create the most extraordinary underwater adventure ver captured on film, and they have exceeded all expectations with ceanWorld 3D. "
Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Mantello Brothers added, "We had various distribution options for this film, but Disney’s overwhelming reaction made this a simple decision for us. With its tremendous commitment to 3D and its new Disneynature label, Disney is the perfect home for OceanWorld 3D. We applaud Jean-Francois Camilleri, Dick Cook and Mark Zoradi for their involvement in the protection of the underwater world, as well as their strong creative instincts and impressive business acumen."
OceanWorld 3D is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. Produced by 3D Entertainment and Gavin McKinney Underwater Productions, it is a Mantello Brothers Film with underwater cinematography by Gavin McKinney, and featuring an original score by Christophe Jacquelin.