Blue Fox Entertainment announced today its acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to the animated comedy adventure The Inventor, which made its world premiere in competition at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival last month. The directorial debut of Oscar nominee Jim Capobianco (screenwriter of Ratatouille), Blue Fox wil release the stop-motion film about the life of Leonardo da Vinci in the U.S. theatrically nationwide on August 25.

The Inventor features the voices of Stephen Fry (The Sandman) as Leonardo da Vinci, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Princess Marguerite de Navarre, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) as Louise De Savoy, actor and French v.o. artist Gauthier Battoue (Emily in Paris, Hotel Transylvania [Fr.]) as King Francis I, Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows) as Pope Leo X and L.A.-based clowning performer/director Max Baumgarten (The Idiot Workshop) as Il Boccador and King Charles of Spain.

The film tells the story of the insatiably curious and headstrong inventor/artist Leonardo da Vinci (Fry) as he leaves Italy to join the French court where he can freely experiment, invent flying contraptions and incredible machines, and study the human body. Joined in his adventure by the audacious Princess Marguerite (Ridley), Leonardo attempts to uncover the answer to the ultimate question: “What is the meaning of life?”

The family-friendly feature is written and directed by Capobianco and co-directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon.

“We applaud Jim and his talented team and artist and actors for jumping into the world of stop-motion animation,” said James Huntsman of Blue Fox. “It’s a route few filmmakers take but we are thrilled they did. The results are amazing and we are proud to take Inventor to theaters and audiences nationwide.”