By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 17, 2014 at 4:02PM
The Weinstein Company, which picks up the odd animated feature in hopes of capturing that "Hoodwinked" magic, has acquired rights in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France to "Underdogs," an animated feature from Oscar-winning Argentinean director Juan Jose Campanella ("The Secret in Their Eyes"). TWC will dub into English the Spanish-language film, originally titled "Foosball," which played the London and Miami fests and opened last year in many territories including Argentina, where it was a hit. (Trailer below.)
Disney often dubs such Hayao Miyazaki films as "The Wind Rises" into English.
TWC will open the English-language version voiced by a cast of American actors (to be announced) on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. “This film’s magical story, heart and humor, along with its top notch animation, truly resonated with us," states TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, "and is sure to captivate parents just as much as it will their children."
Here's the official synopsis:
UNDERDOGS tells the story of a reluctant hero whose town is threatened when his long-time rival returns home to avenge an old grudge. When the players from his foosball table are magically brought to life, he recruits them to help him enter into the biggest underdog match ever, save the town and win back the love of his life.
Coming up from TWC are two films slated for April 11, "St. Vincent," starring Bill Murray (April 11) and World War II adventure "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, which debuted in Toronto, as did the true camel trek saga "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver (which could have Oscar potential) and Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley two-hander "Can a Song Save Your Life" (July 4). Also coming up are fashion doc "Yves Saint Laurent," which debuted in Berlin (June 25), and Lois Lowry YA book adaptation "The Giver," starring Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, and Jeff Bridges in the title role, which director Phillip Noyce is editing in New York.