Disney has released the first trailer for Frozen, their take on the Snow Queen tale made famous by Hans Christian Andersen. Set for release this November, Frozen is a story that Walt himself considered doing, but never actually started on. A version was considered in 2002. By 2010, Disney shelved that project, then changed its status to “on hold.” The film gained new life in late 2011. when Disney announced a new title for the project (Frozen), and committed to a 2013 release date.
Walt Disney Animation has announced their first feature-length animated film based on a Marvel property Big Hero 6. Inspired by a little-known Japan-set Marvel series about a team of state-sanctioned superheroes, the film will center on a boy named Hiro Hamada and his beloved robot companion BayMax who join a team of crime fighters in a mythical mashup high-tech city called San Fransokyo.
It was a big night for Disney animation at the Oscars tonight with Disney short Paperman taking home Best Animated Short, and Disney/PIXAR’s Brave grabbing the statuette for Best Animated Feature. Paperman had previously won the Annie for Best Short, while Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph had won the Annie for Best Feature Film… so not so much on the Annies predicting the Oscars anymore.
The full video of the Student Academy Award winning Animation “The Jockstrap Raiders” is now available to view online. Five years in the making, this was a labor of love for director Mark Nelson. The film became his Masters thesis project at UCLA.
The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during world war I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain, and the world.
Completed at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA thesis project. The short has won many awards, including: Student Academy Award; Best Animation, British Animation Festival; Best Animation Macon Film Festival; Best Narrative Short GI Film Festival; Audience Award Orlando Film Festival.
LAIKA and Focus Features, whose current animated feature ParaNorman is in the running for an Oscar, announced today that they have begun production on The Boxtrolls. The new movie will be released nationwide by Focus on October 17th, 2014 according to Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President/CEO Travis Knight.
As on the previous animation collaborations ParaNorman and Coraline, Focus will hold worldwide distribution rights to The Boxtrolls., and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada). Coraline (2009) earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI). In addition to its Academy Award nomination, ParaNorman (2012) is in the running for the BAFTA Awards’ animated feature prize. ParaNorman has won two Annie Awards (the animation community’s Oscars equivalent) and been cited as best animated feature film by 14 critics’ groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature.
The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Mr. Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Mr. Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Ms. Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.
Mr. Knight said, “The Boxtrolls is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome heart. It’s Dickens by way of Monty Python. Tony and Graham have crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do.
But at its core, like all LAIKA films, The Boxtrolls is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance. We’re thrilled to partner with Focus Features and Universal to bring this remarkable story to family audiences around the world.”
Mr. Schamus commented, “Following our successful collaborations on ParaNorman and Coraline, we are delighted to be embarking on a third wondrous adventure with the LAIKA artisans who transform everyday materials into living creatures infused with dimension, humor, and soul. With a wonderfully appealing menagerie of fun characters, and a generous, open heart at its center, The Boxtrolls will be a must-see for family audiences.”
Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are handing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event recognizes the best in animation from around the world.
Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big studios, with one award going to DreamWorks, the next to Pixar, then to ParaNorman, and then to Disney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Disney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Acting, Directing and Best Feature. Disney short Paperman won for best animated short.
The full list of winners:
Best Animated Video Game
Journey – Sony Computer Entertainment America
Best Student Film
Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckart
Storyboarding in a Feature Production
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
Editing in a Feature Production
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Character Design in a Feature Production
Heidi Smith, ParaNorman – LAIKA/Focus Features
June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Communications for Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Tex Avery Award
Winsor McCay Award
Music in a Feature Production
Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Animated Effects In an Animated Production
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton – Rise Of The Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway The Avengers – Industrial Light & Magic
Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline
Character Animation in a Live Action Production
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio
Character Animation in a Feature Production
Travis Knight ParaNorman – LAIKA/Focus Features
Production Design in a Feature Production
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Winsor McCay Award
Best Animated Special Production
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
Best Animated Short Subject
Paperman – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Writing in a Feature Production
Phil Johnson, Jennifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Winsor McCay Award
Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Directing in a Feature Production
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
General Audience Television Production
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special – Stoopid Buddy Studios
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Disney Animation Studios
Why have just one when you can have four!
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche will share hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional Seth Green, at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards, set for Saturday, February 2.
Celebrating the best in animation, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m., followed by the Annie Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and an after-party celebration immediately following the ceremony. All events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
“We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th celebration of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excitement to this year’s ceremony,” says ASIFA-Hollywood president Frank Gladstone. Joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent — including animation legend June Foray — are Jessica Walter, James Patrick Stuart, Kristen Schaal, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jessica DiCicco, Lucas Grabeel, Darren Criss and Joey Richter, Kevin Shinick, Jim Cummings and Diedrich Bader, Atticus Shaffer and Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richardson and Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen and Fred
Tatashiore, Sam Witmer and Matt Lanter, and Tony Anselmo.
This year’s Winsor McCay recipients are Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. The June Foray award will be presented to Howard Green, and the Ub Iwerks Award will be presented to Toon Boom Animation.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting. Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1 and December 31, 2012.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, animation film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.
Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.
Six of the 20 highest-grossing North American films of 2012 were completely animated pictures, including Pixar’s Brave, which was seventh overall with $237,262,307.
Others in the top 20 were Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (#10; $216,391,482), Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (#11; $214,030,500), Wreck-it Ralph (#13; $175,990,019), Ice Age: Continental Drift (#14; $161,990,019) and Hotel Transylvania (#16; $145,321,690).
In total, the animated films in the Top 20 delivered grosses of $1,150,135,597.
Although Rise Of The Guardians made much less than predicted, its North American box office gross is expected to exceed the $100 million mark sometime next week.
Almost all other films in the Top 20 had considerable amounts of special effects CGI, including the year’s top performer, The Avengers ($623,357,910). Others using CGI were The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Ted, Men In Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus.
Using little or no animation were the 17th, 18th and 19th finishers, Taken 2, 21 Jump Street and Lincoln.
Excellence in both film and TV was recognized Tuesday as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced its nominees for the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.
The new honors combine the Genies (the Canadian version of the Oscars) and the Geminis (similar to the Emmys).
For Best Animated Short, the four nominees are Bydlo (Producer: Julie Roy; Director: Patrick Bouchard; Distributor: National Film Board of Canada), Demoni (Producer and Director: Theodore Ushev; Distributor: Mtd:films), Edmond Was a Donkey (Producers: Richard Van Den Boom, Franck Dion and Julie Roy; Director: Franck Dion; Distributor: NFB) and Paula (Producer: Julie Roy; Director: Dominic Étienne Simard; Distributor: NFB).
Almost Naked Animals (Vince Commisso, Tanya Green, Tristan Homer, Steven Jarosz and Noah Z. Jones; 9 Story Entertainment Inc.; YTV) is one of the four nominees for Best Animated Program or Series. In addition, the episode “The Green Banana” (Brad Ferguson) was nominated for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series. Another episode, “Horn Swoggled” (Seán Cullen), is up for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series.
Also nominated for Best Animated Program or Series is Producing Parker (Ira Levy, Jun Camerino, Laura Kosterski and Peter Williamson; Breakthrough Entertainment; TVTropolis). For the episode “How Green is my Parker?”, Robin Budd was nominated for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series, while Kim Cattrall is up for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series.
Besides its nomination for Best Animated Program or Series, Rated A for Awesome (Ace Fipke, Ken Faier and, Chuck Johnson; Nerd Corps Entertainment; YTV) gained a pair of nominations for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series in connection with its episode “Scary Go Round.” Two separate nominations went to Brian Drummond and Chiara Zanni.
Rounding out the Best Animated Program or Series nominees is Jack (Francois Trudel, Wong Kok Cheong, Vincent Leroux and Vic Pelletier; PVP Interactif/Productions Vic Pelleter, Spark Animation-Wong Kok Cheong; TVO).
Other nominees for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series are Mike The Knight: “The Knight Hider”/“Trollee’s Sleepover” (Neil Affleck; Treehouse) and Sidekick: “House of Helmut/Supermodels) (Joey So; YTV)
Patrick McKenna was nominated for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series in connection with his work in the Crash Canyon episode “Poker Night” (Teletoon; Astral)
For Best Pre-School Program or Series, the nominees include the animated Franklin and Friends (Greg Chew, Jocelyn Hamilton, Pam Lehn, Doug Murphy, Derek Reeves and Mike Wiluan; Nelvana Limited/Infinite Frameworks Pte. Ltd.; Treehouse), My Big Big Friend (Ira Levy, Andre Breitman and Peter Williamson; Breakthrough Entertainment; Treehouse) and Stella & Sam (John Leitch, Michelle Melanson; Radical Sheep Productions; Disney Junior Canada).
Brian Roberts has been nominated for Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for his work on the animated My Babysitter’s A Vampire episode “Three Geeks And A Demon” (Teletoon; Astral)
The five nominees for Best Original Music Score for a Series include the cartoon Scaredy Squirrel: “Perfect Pickle”/“Goat Police” (Paul Intson; YTV). Terry McGurrin is nominated for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for another Scaredy Squirrel episode, “From Rodent with Love.”
Also up for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series are Dennis Jackson, Melanie Jackson for the animated Wapos Bay episode “Long Goodbyes” (APTN).
There are 120 categories for the Canadian Screen Awards, including 22 for film and over 85 for television.
The awards will be presented over three nights. Martin Short hosts the final awards gala, to be televised live at 8 p.m. (8:30 in Newfoundland) Sunday, March 3 on CBC.
The highest-grossing animated film of 2012 won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film on Sunday night.
Brave, co-produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, made $237.2 million in North America alone to have the seventh-highest gross of any movie — animated or otherwise — released last year.
It won out in the category over fellow Disney releases Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures), as well as nominees Hotel Transylvania (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation and Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks Animation LLC).
Brave director Mark Andrews received the Golden Globe from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who feigned drunkenness onstage.
“Holy cow! Being brave is about being true to yourself and allowing your loved ones the same freedom,” said Andrews.
The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Sunday’s awards ceremony aired live on NBC.