Last night saw Disney freeze out most of the competition when the best and most creative in animation met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Sponsored by ASIFA Hollywood, the awards recognize great works in television, theatrical film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.
Illumination Entertainment is not content to rest on the laurels of their Oscar nominations and sequel productions… Chris Meledandri’s animation company is rushing head-first into an aggressive production schedule. Barely ten days after announcing a third Despicable Me and a new Dr. Seuss film, Illumination has added another film to their release slate, an as-yet Untitled Pet Movie set for release February 12, 2016.
Disney premiered a new trailer for Maleficent, the live-action adaption of the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. We see a lot more of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and it is impressive. The new look at the film was first shown as an ad during Sunday night’s Grammy awards show. The first look trailer was pretty hard to judge the film by; this new trailer seems give a lot better look at what to expect from this new film.
The Oscar-winning director of Disney’s Paperman- John Kahrs– has turned up across the street at Paramount for his next project. Kahrs’ Oscar last year for the Disney animated short was the studios first win in that division in the since 1969’s It’s Tough To Be A Bird. His new project will be Shedd, a feature film with no release date yet set.
As it steamrolls it’s way toward February’s Oscars, Frozen wins another award, this one for Producer Peter Del Vecho. The 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards were awarded last night at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. In an non-animated stunner, this years competition featured the first tie for the top film prize in the PGAs’ 25-year history. Live-action films Gravity and 12 Years A Slave shared the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Pioneering American animator Michael Sporn passed away Saturday after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Sporn produced and directed a number of animated specials and commercials from his New York based studios. Many of his works were known for their underlying social commentary and messages. He was also known for films aimed at educating children rather than just entertaining them.
Universal announced the release date for the follow up to the Academy-Award nominated Despicable Me 2; Despicable Me 3 will hit theaters on June 30, 2017. No other information for the film, like cast or storyline have been announced. Two other films were announced at thew same time– an original story and a reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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.