London – August 20, 2013 –  Mind Candy, the entertainment company behind the global kids’ phenomenon  Moshi Monsters, today announced the highly anticipated first ever Moshi Monsters movie set for theatrical release in UK and Ireland on December 20.

Leading  film  studio, Universal  Pictures  International Entertainment, will  be  the  global distribution partner for the animation including Theatrical, Home Entertainment, Digital and TV distribution.

The animated feature Moshi Monsters - The Movie is currently in production by Mind Candy in conjunction with Cornwall-based animation studio Spider Eye and will take viewers all over the Moshi world from Main St to the peak of Sillimanjaro.

Moshi Monsters has experienced incredible global success with over 80 million registered users for the web-based game to date. Following its online success Moshi has become an entertainment franchise spanning best-selling toys, books, video games, trading cards, membership cards, the best selling kids magazine in the UK and mobile games.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Universal Pictures International Entertainment on distribution  of the first ever Moshi Monsters  movie,” said Michael Acton Smith, CEO and creator  of  Moshi  Monsters. “This is our first foray into movies and Universal bring the expertise needed to ensure the best possible success. We can’t wait for Moshi to hit the big screen!”

Darran Garnham, Chief Business Development Officer, Mind Candy adds, “This strategic global relationship with Universal Pictures International Entertainment will open up the Moshi Monsters brand, characters and rich world to new fans and markets around the world. We are all incredibly excited!”

“As distribution partners, we are very excited about working with Mind Candy to bring the global phenomenon that is Moshi Monsters to the big screen through Universal Pictures UK and deliver a multi-platform multi screen experience to children everywhere.” said Eddie Cunningham, President, Universal Pictures International Entertainment.