The French CGI animated feature Astérix: Le Domaine des Dieux (Asterix: The Land of the Gods) has released it’s first trailer. This long-running series, this will be the first CG animated feature in the Asterix series. The film is directed by Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy, with animation by Mikros Image Animation Paris. Budgeted at 31 million euros, the film will release in France on November 26, 2014; no word on a US release at this point.
Glen Kean, who made a name for himself as the late dean of Disney animators, has released his first new animated short from his association with Google and Motorola. Titled Duet, the film was released last week as part of a special Advanced Technology and Projects session at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco. It is the third in a series of shorts called the Spotlight Stories that are designed to explore spatial awareness and the sensory inputs of a mobile device to create a distinctive storytelling experience.
After a much-anticipated return, Nickelodeon will premiere The Legend of Korra Book 3: Change Friday, June 27, at 7p.m. (ET/PT) with two back-to-back episodes – “A Breath of Fresh Air” and “Rebirth” followed by a special bonus episode, “The Earth Queen.” Brand-new episodes will continue rolling out every Friday at 8p.m. (ET/PT) beginning July 11.
Pixar’s next animated feature film – Inside Out- is due out in one year, and today Pixar announced the short that will accompany the film. The short is titled Lava and is described as a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Pixar gave LA journalists an early sneak preview last night and by all accounts, the footage shown was stunning. Pixar also showed the new poster for the short, which shows a beautiful, idyllic tropical island, frolicking (and paired!) sea-life, and a background of a smoldering volcano.
Over the last week, three new series have been announce from three separate studios, all of them revisiting previous shows or films. Disney is sending The Lion Guard to Disney Jr., Scholastic Entertainment is sending Ms. Frizzle back out with The Magic School Bus 360°, and FremantleMedia is resurrecting Cosgrove-Hall’s 80′s hit with a new version of Danger Mouse.
Remember last month when DreamWorks pulled the old switcheroo with a couple films? Monday DreamWorks released the first trailers for both films… 2014′s The Penguins of Madagascar and 2015′s Home. DreamWorks does not have a record of incredible trailers, and these continue that trend. Neither film looks to be the hit that the studio needs after the lackluster open of How to Train Your Dragon 2 last week, which only came in second with about a 50 million dollar open.
The popular 1990′s Hanna-Barbera series The Powerfuff Girls is headed back to Cartoon Network. Not much has been released about the new series, so we have no word on who is directing, writing or producing. We don’t even know if it will reboot in the style of the recent Dance Pantsed or go off on it’s own. About all we do know for sure is that it will be out in 2016… and Cartoon Network is looking at major licensing deals based on the new series.
Laika Entertainment has released the official domestic trailer for their highly anticipated 2014 release The Boxtrolls. Three months from release, the film is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Dare to be square with the highly anticipated official trailer for The Boxtrolls, premiering on Yahoo! Movies Today!
In the mess of trailers before Maleficent this weekend, there was one that quite literally took my breath away. It was not Boxtrolls (which looks good), or Jupiter Rising, but The Book of Life, the new CG animated feature directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. So full of life, or color, of motion, of raw energy, I sat mesmerized by where animation has taken us. I cannot wait to see this film.
DreamWorks Animation’s Dragons: Defenders of Berk (which was called Dragons: Riders of Berk it’s premiere year) is making an even bigger change for it’s third season. According to Hollywood Reporter, after the second season ends its fun next March on Cartoon Network, the Dragons will fly over to the Internet Streaming service Netflix for the third season. The new installments will be available beginning in spring 2015, and if Netflix remains true to form, at least six episodes will be immediately available in the initial release.