With heating up the box office over the weekend, Disney Studios is firming up their slate for 2016 this week. s expected, Disney has confirmed for theatrical release and 3D screens on March 4, 2016. Later that year, the Polynesian-flavored will open for the holiday crowd on November 23, 2016. Both films are CG-animated features.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- you know, the Oscar people- have released a short list of the ten short animated films that this years nominees will be drawn from. These ten were taken from fifty-eight shorts originally submitted for consideration. Disney made the list, but Pixar was snubbed for the second year in a row. Bill Plympton returns for a third attempt, ex-Disney animator Glen Keane has a short in the fray, and two students-Daisy Jacobs and Réka Bucsi also have works under consideration.
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Pixar’s troubled feature has taken a new turn, and is hopefully sailing on calmer waters. In late October, Pixar announced- via Twitter- that Pete Sohn has been promoted to the director’s chair. Previous, Sohn had manned the co-directors position under Bob Peterson, before he was removed from the project in 2013.
Pixar is now officially working on it’s fourth in the Toy Story series. The film is set to be directed by John Lasseter, who directed and . The basic story is written by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich, with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack turning out the screenplay. The new film will be produced by Galyn Susman.
This year, there looks to be 20 animated films as possible contenders in the race for the Best Animated Film Oscar. The list has no apparent front runner, and no film this year from Pixar. The field is a rounded out with many more foreign films than usual, with entries from France, Ireland, Japan, the U.K. and Latvia. The list induces three films from Disney and from DreamWorks Animation, and one each from Blue Sky and Reel FX Animation.
Disney Studio’s next animated feature film Big Hero 6 opened a little early in Russia… and bowled the Russians over. After opening to rave reviews at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014, Disney shuttled the film to Russia to take advantage of two weeks of school holidays in Russia in late October. Big Hero 6 brought in 5 million in the first two days, which is considered a very strong open in the Russia. The film opens to US audiences later this week, on November 7th.
Laika Entertainment’s latest stop-motion animate film The Boxtrolls had a strong opening weekend overseas last weekend. The film opened September 11th in Mexico, Sweden and Denmark, where it came in second, fourth and sixth, respectively. The film opened the following day in the United Kingdom, where it came in first for the weekend. The Boxtrolls pulled in 3.4 million in the UK, compared with previous Laika films at $3.7 million and $2.3 million for . Overall, the film brought in $5.7 million in his opening weekend.
The IndieGoGo projects started by ex-Disney animator James Lopez is seeing a ton of interest. Hitting the Internet on August 27, the goal was to just raise $80,000 to fun a short stem-punk inspired short Hullabaloo. They hit that goal in less than a week. Then they steam (punk) rolled over their stretch goal to produce a second short Curse of the Cheshire Cat. This morning word is in that a third short- The Mysterious Island- is now in the works with the project passing a stretch goal of $240,000 raised.