Ruben Brandt Collector

Development: Sony acquires Ruben Brandt, Collector; Facebook launches toons for grown ups

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Sep 14, 2018, 8:55 PM EDT

Ruben Brandt, Collector — an English-language, Hungarian-made animated movie about a famous doctor who steals paintings to quiet his nightmares — is heading to U.S. theaters sometime next year.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Classics has bought the rights to the Milorad Krstic-directed movie, which follows its title character as he commits crimes in desperation to put a stop to the inner turmoil he’s faced since receiving mysterious subliminal messages in his childhood.

With help from his family, Ruben hits the world’s biggest art museums: the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London, and lots more. With each strike, the bounty on his head rises, and the Brandts end up playing a cat-and-mouse game with gangsters who chase them across the world for the prize.

One of the rare animated movies that’s aimed at an adult audience, Ruben Brandt, Collector wowed critics when it screened in August at Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Featuring the voice acting talents of Hungarian actors Iván Kamarás, Csaba “Kor” Márton, Gabriella Hámori, and Katalin Dombi, the movie is expected to release in the U.S. sometime in 2019, though Sony hasn’t revealed a premiere date.

Staying with the cartoons-for-adults theme, Facebook Watch will become the home of a pair of animated comedies targeting grown-ups with the rollout of Human Kind Of and Liverspots and Astronots, two series from digital media company Cartuna.

Via Broadway World, Human Kind Of follows Judy, a half-human, half-alien teen as she discovers her hidden powers through 21 weekly episodes beginning Sept. 16 and running through Oct. 28. Starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Kate Berlant, Jill Talley, Zak Orth, John Early, and Betsy Sodaro, the series’ first three episodes all will be available beginning Sept. 16, with new installments hitting Facebook Watch each Sunday thereafter until the season finale. 

Liverspots and Astronots is reportedly a buddy comedy that revolves around Roosi and Big Man, two friends stuck at the downtrodden Dusty Craters nursing home — a backwater for people to live out their golden years that, it turns out, just so happens to be in outer space, where it’s ruled by an “evil goat doctor.”

Featuring the voices of Colin Mochrie, Keith David, Nicole Sullivan, Maria Bamford, John Waters, Pauly Shore, Selma Blair, Dick Cavett, and Hearty White, Liverspots and Astronots will debut the first three of its 21 episodes beginning Oct. 18, with three new episodes appearing each week ahead of the season’s Nov. 29 finale.