DreamWorks Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a new clip for you to judge it by. The film, which is due out in theaters on March seventh, is a film based on Jay Wards’ Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment on the long-running Saturday morning series Rocky and His Friends. Long fodder for theatrical films, the show has spawned at least two theatrical films– three if you count the related George of the Jungle.
The day after Frozen pulled in the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, Disney Theatrical Prods. has confirmed that the film is being updated for a possible Broadway production. The film, which earned over $97 million after its first five days in wide release, has been the biggest hit for Disney in decades. Frozen would not be the first Disney film to be adapted for stage, it would follow such theatrical hits as High School Musical, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.
DreamWorks cartoon arm DreamWorks Animation has partnered with web video sharing site YouTube for a new daily show for the Internet. Titled YouTube Nation, the show is expected to run five minutes per day, and will highlights of the best of YouTube programming. YouTube Nation will be co-produced by the two companies, with YouTube financing the venture, and is expected to debut next week.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts or BAFTA– the British version of the Academy Awards– has announced their nominees for the 2014 awards, including the animated films under consideration. Three films are nominated for both the animated feature competition and the animated short category. Previously known as Short Animation, the shorts competition has been renamed British Short Animation to play up the UK involvement in the films featured. There has been an ongoing requirement that nominated shorts have substantial British contribution to the production; the feature nominees have no such restriction.
Disney has seen more than one copy-cat company try and piggy-back on their successes over the years. In a flash-back to the popular films of the 1990’s– and the Golden Films rip-offs of those films– Disney is alleging in a lawsuit that Carpe Diem Films’ The Legend of Sarila is attempting to just that in its video release.
There is probably no other list in animation that is more intriguing– or more argued over. In fact, it was the creation of this list that was the impetus for even creating the Big Cartoon DataBase… MY friends wanted to know what films were considered on— or off— the “official” list. The official list really got going with the advent of home video.… and Disney’s promotional ties to other Disney animated films. Who can forget the narrators’ voice before the main film announcing the impending release of Disney’s 22nd animated film that fall.
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for its 41st annual Annie Awards, the awards that show the best in animation. The Walt Disney Company and GKIDS both have two nominees for Best Animated Feature (if you count Mizayaki’s Kaze Tachinu, which Disney distributes in the US), with single entries from Pixar, Universal and DreamWorks Animation.