Disney Studio’s next animated feature film Big Hero 6 opened a little early in Russia… and bowled the Russians over. After opening to rave reviews at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014, Disney shuttled the film to Russia to take advantage of two weeks of school holidays in Russia in late October. Big Hero 6 brought in 5 million in the first two days, which is considered a very strong open in the Russia. The film opens to US audiences later this week, on November 7th.
For fans of animation, one of the most exciting names to see attached to The Book Of Life is Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director/producer/writer has created a massive following thanks to his truly unique style. His most recent project sees him in a producing role for a fellow Mexican filmmaker and director Jorge Gutierrez. With The Book of Life, the two men have teamed up to create one of the most exciting and unconventional animated films of the yea. For those unfamiliar with del Toro or Gutierrez’s style, it’s highly advisable to check out some of their films on demand or online before heading into The Book of Life – you’ll immediately recognize their irreverent touch on this perfectly timed Halloween film. Favorites include Mad or del Toro’s famous Pan’s Labyrinth.
Laika Entertainment’s latest stop-motion animate film The Boxtrolls had a strong opening weekend overseas last weekend. The film opened September 11th in Mexico, Sweden and Denmark, where it came in second, fourth and sixth, respectively. The film opened the following day in the United Kingdom, where it came in first for the weekend. The Boxtrolls pulled in 3.4 million in the UK, compared with previous Laika films at $3.7 million and $2.3 million for . Overall, the film brought in $5.7 million in his opening weekend.
A veteran of Disney, animator James Lopez has a special love for the traditional, 2D, pencil-in-hand style of the art. And in this ever increasingly digital world, he does not want to see that special art lost or forgotten. To that end, Lopez has started up and IndieGoGo campaign to finance a new, 2D animated short Hullabaloo.
Do you remember the Acme Corporation, purveyors of fine explosives, heavy-weight anvils, high-speed tonic and – yes!- tornado seeds to Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius? Warner Bros. has been in development of a film based on the company since 2010, and the film is proceeding toward production status. While none of the original Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies characters are set to appear in the film, and Steve Carrell is said to be the Steve Jobs-like CEO of Acme Corporation.
Here’s hoping you like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book…. because you are about to get three animated feature versions in as many years. Based on their popular animated series of the same name, DQ Entertainment will be the first out of the gate with their The Jungle Book. 2015 will see Disney’s second bite at the apple, with their own remake of The Jungle Book. And not wanting to be left out, Warner Bros. is bringing up the rear with 2016’s Jungle Book: Origins. While DQ’s entry is first, and comes from the land of The Jungle Book, it will probably make the least impact on American audiences. But both Disney and Warner Bros. versions feature all-star casts, and both look to attract a ton of attention as they come to theaters. We have a score-card so you can keep track of which star is attached to which project….
When The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it left the year 2014 entirely devoid of a Pixar feature film. The film has lead a very troubled existence, from first being pulled from Disney’s Frozen‘s 2013 release date to having the director removed in August of 2013. No new director has even yet been announced, but a brain trust of John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and original project co-director Pete Sohn has been hard at work for most of the last year, restructuring and rewriting the film.
Ottawa International Animation Festival is celebrating the world’s most beloved, successful and pioneering animation studio with a series of screenings, talks, exhibitions and legendary Disney animators. Presented with the support of Celebrate Ontario and Walt Disney Animation Studios, OIAF’s tribute to Walt Disney Animation Studios touches upon their impact in feature films with a 25th anniversary screening of The Little Mermaid – a film that revitalized both the studio and the animation feature when it was released.