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Screen Media Unwraps Animated Holiday Pic ‘Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer’ for November Release

Film stars Josh Hutcherson , Samantha Bee, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jeff Dunham and Morena Baccarin

Screen Media has acquired North American rights to the animated holiday film “Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer,” which will hit U.S. theaters Nov. 30.

Written and directed by Jennifer Westcott, the film follows Elliot (voiced by Josh Hutcherson), a miniature horse whose lifelong dream is to pull Santa’s sleigh. He gets his chance after Blitzen retires, and travels to the north pole with his friend Hazel the goat to compete for the open spot.

Along with Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), the film features Samantha Bee as Hazel, with John Cleese, Martin Short, Jeff Dunham, and Morena Baccarin.

It’s produced by Lucas Lynette-Krech, Awesometown Entertainment in association with Elgin Road Productions Ltd. The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle SVP, Worldwide Acquisitions for Screen Media, Jason Moring, CEO of Double Dutch International, and Mark Padilla, Double Dutch International’s SVP of Sales & Acquisitions.

“Elliot is an awesome inspirational tale of overcoming the odds and dreaming big to achieve your goals — all of which is what we strive for at Screen Media. Elliot is the perfect family holiday movie and we know audiences nationwide are going to love it.” said Needle in a statement.

“We are very proud to have Screen Media as our partner on this wonderful film that the whole family can enjoy together” said Padilla.

The film will be released by Elevation Pictures in Canada.