Tired of the same old periodic table? Want to breathe some fresh air into the stale old chemicals? That’s is exactly what animator and illustrator Kaycie D. decided to take on a massive character design project. In her thesis project- titled Elements – Experiments in Character Design- at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Kaycie decided she would design a character based on each of the known chemical elements in the periodic table, until she had a complete world of science-inspired cartoon characters.
DreamWorks Animation’s next animated film, The Croods, today got two new updated posters, one domestic and one International. Both posters feature the whole prehistoric family, and a view of the exotic lands they live in. The domestic poster features the film release date- March 23, while the international version just says coming soon.
DreamWorks has been notable in their goal to ramp up production to two or three animated features a year. The Croods will be the first for the studio for 2013, and will be followed by Turbo this summer and Mr. Peabody & Sherman in November.
A comedy adventure that takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen creatures and landscapes.
An old-school caveman must lead his family across a volatile prehistoric landscape in search of a new home. The outsized flora and fauna are challenge enough, but the real complication arises when the family is joined by an alarmingly modern caveman whose search for “tomorrow” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the traditions of yesterday. The imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave.
The rumors of Disney on ice are true, at least as far as the studio’s 53rd full-length animated feature full-length animated feature is concerned. Frozen, due in theaters in a little less than a year is that ice-cold project, and Disney has just released their first peak at the art from the film.
The image shows dwarfed impressions of heroine Anna and her companion Kristoff against a bleak and frigid background of desolation and ice.
The film begins when a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
The film is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee from a story by Lee and Shane Morris. It will also feature original songs by Tony-award winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q“) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit“).
The film is currently slated for release on November 27, 2013.
After a series of character-centric teaser posters, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians released a new pre-release poster. Featuring all the major characters from the film, the poster instills a sort of animated Avengers team of super-heroes feel with it’s “Legends Unite” tag line.
The film is directed by Peter Ramsey and co-directed by William Joyce, based on his series of books. The film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won an Oscar for best animated short was based on another of Joyce’s stories.
The film, which does not release until November 21, 2012, will be honored at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards with the Hollywood Animation Award on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton. The Hollywood Animation Award honors the year’s best animated film; previous winner include Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Rango (2011). While not all winners go on to win the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, taking the Hollywood Animation Award goes a long way to increasing the chances of a win especially for an unreleased film.
Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an ancient evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. The world’s five unlikeliest heroes- Jack Frosty, North (aka Santa), Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy) and Sandy (the Sandman)- must band together to stop Pitch (the Boogeyman) from plunging the world into eternal darkness.