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.
From this date in 1950 comes a Disney feature film based on a story by Charles Perrault. Cinderella really marked the return of the Disney studios top the animated feature film, and marked the beginning of the middle period of the Disney oeuvre.
Released two years ago today, and last year’s winner of the Academy Award for best feature animated film, the cartoon oif the day is Rango. Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp– wow, that sounds like a couple of pirate films we know– this stylish western was on the tops of many lists last year. Let us know what you thought of this one.
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.”
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.
Today would be the 60th anniversary of that kids film about being a grown up kid, Peter Pan. One of my personal favorites, Peter Pan is probably the perfect Disney film– action, adventure, great backgrounds and animation, and a stellar voice cast. Second star on the right, and on until dawn…
Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, arrives in the London nursery of the Darling children: Wendy, Michael and John. He teaches the children to fly (with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust), then takes them all to Never Land so Wendy can be mother to Peter’s tribe of Lost Boys. In Never Land, there are flirtatious mermaids, savage Indians, and wicked pirates-including Peter’s great nemesis, Captain Hook. A series of dangerous and exciting cloak-and-dagger adventures with Captain Hook and Peter leads to the villain’s ultimate defeat, and Peter takes the Darling children home in the captured pirate ship, which now soars through the sky, thanks to a little contribution from Tinker Bell.
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
From a sort of informal series, How To Ride A Horse is one of those Goofy shorts that just make you laugh. Goofy is amazing, he can carry a whole short and even a whole series, all by himself.
In this short, Goofy has a difficult time trying to ride a horse.
Originally released as part of the feature “The Reluctant Dragon.”
Probably the least known and least watch Disney animated film of all time, So Dear To My Heart is even less watched than Song of the South. Most people cab at least sing Zipitty Do Dah from Song of the South.… who can even tell you who starred in So Dear To My Heart?
This live-action and animation feature stars Burl Ives, telling a story of a determined young country boy and his mischievous black lamb. While daydreaming of winning a blue ribbon at the county fair, Jeremiah’s scrapbook comes to life with animated sequences.
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.
Due to lackluster box-office results for 3-D releases of Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and Beauty and the Beast, Walt Disney Studios announced Monday that it’s scrubbing plans for a 3-D version of The Little Mermaid in September.
The Lion King 3-D had been a sleeper hit, grossing almost $100 million in the United States and Canada. In late 2011, Disney announced the 1989 undersea hit The Little Mermaid as its fourth and last planned 3-D re-release.
However, the bloom was off the rose for other follow-ups. Beauty and the Beast collected $47.6 million last January and Finding Nemo brought $40.7 million in September, while Monsters, Inc. nabbed just $30.5 million since its release December 19.
Disney had already started work on converting The Little Mermaid to 3-D in November, the studio’s animation chief creative officer, John Lasseter, said in an interview then.
Meanwhile, Disney announced Monday that the partly animated The Muppets 2 will be released on March 21, 2014, with Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell starring opposite Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
James Bobin, director of the partly animated The Muppets (2011), returns as the director from a script that he co-wrote with Nick Stoller. The earlier movie was co-written by Stoller and its star, Jason Segel.
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.
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman were singled out for recognition for Brave. Director Tim Burton was named in connection with Frankenweenie, while Sam Fell and Chris Butler were cited for ParaNorman.
In the category “Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer,” director James Bobin is nominated for his role in Disney’s partly animated The Muppets.
For Short Animation, the nominees are Here to Fall (Kris Kelly and Evelyn McGrath), I’m Fine Thanks (Eamonn O’Neill) and The Making of Longbird (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson).
The British Academy Film Awards are similar to the Oscars in the United States.
Lincoln received 10 nominations, the most of any film. Lincoln is nominated for Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for Leading Actor, Tommy Lee Jones is nominated for Supporting Actor, and Sally Field is nominated for Supporting Actress.
The EE British Academy Film Awards take place Sunday, February 10 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three. The ceremony is also broadcast in all major territories around the world.
The awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.
It’s Oscar time! Disney comes in strong and stop motion is this years darling.
This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this years Oscars. There are two main areas of competition for animation, the Feature Length and the short awards. This year, the nominees are…
In a word, Disney. The perennial animation powerhouse leads the field with three films in consideration for Best Animated Feature. Perhaps even more surprising is that DreamWorks best hope– Rise Of The Guardians- was left out altogether. Also interesting is that there are three stop-motion features in the list this year, in a short field of only five films.
For Best Animated Feature, the nominees are:
The field for Best Animated Short Film is a diverse field, as usual. The nominees here are:
The Oscar nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone. The announcements were made at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood California and hosted by Seth MacFarlane. This year, the Oscar show also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.