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Croods Posters Evolve

The Croods Theatrical Poster

The Croods The­atri­cal Poster

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 Croods Theatrical Poster

The Croods The­atri­cal Poster

 

The Croods International Poster

The Croods Inter­na­tional Poster

Animated Films Made Up 6 of Year’s Top 20 Grossers

Brave

Brave

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.

Fox Animation Working On del Toro’s Book Of Life

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

Fox Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios is join­ing pro­ducer Guillermo del Toro and Reel FX to work on the adven­ture movie Book of Life, to be released on Octo­ber 10, 2014.

The movie was orig­i­nally named Day of the Dead after the Mex­i­can hol­i­day. How­ever, Pixar is work­ing on a film by that title.

Mex­i­can animator-director Jorge R. Gui­ter­rez is direct­ing Book of Life. He and Reel FX approached del Toro with the project.

Guiterrez’s works include Nickelodeon’s award-winning ani­mated TV series El Tigre: The Adven­tures of Manny Rivera.

Del Toro and Fox are not reveal­ing the exact sto­ry­line of Book of Life.

Three “Simpsons” Episodes Nominated for WGA Award

The Simpsons

The Simp­sons

Three episodes of “The Simp­sons” are among the five nom­i­nees for the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica Award in the cat­e­gory of animation.

The three are “Hol­i­days of Future Passed,” writ­ten by J. Stew­art Burns; “Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” writ­ten by Jeff West­brook; and “Tree­house of Hor­ror XXIII,” writ­ten by David Man­del and Brian Kelley.

Also up for a WGA Award are “A Farewell to Arms” (Futu­rama), writ­ten by Josh Wein­stein, and “Forget-Me-Not” (Fam­ily Guy), writ­ten by David A. Goodman.

In the Tele­vi­sion Graphic Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory, the nom­i­nees are “CBS News Ani­ma­tions,” ani­ma­tion by David Rosen, and “The Oscars” (Sun­day Morn­ing with Charles Osgood), ani­ma­tion by Bob Pook, CBS.

The Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica, West (WGAW) and the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica, East (WGAE) jointly announced on Thurs­day nom­i­na­tions for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in TV, news, radio, pro­mo­tional writ­ing, and graphic ani­ma­tion dur­ing the 2012 season.

The awards will be pre­sented jointly in all com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories dur­ing simul­ta­ne­ous cer­e­monies Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 17 in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Ange­les at the JW Mar­riott L.A. LIVE. For more infor­ma­tion, visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

Red-faced Mr. Burns Supports Romney For President in Cartoon

The Simpsons

The Simp­sons

Nuclear plant owner C. Mont­gomery Burns, of “The Simp­sons” car­toon fame (or infamy, depend­ing on how you look at it), is back­ing Mitt Rom­ney for pres­i­dent of the United States.

There’s only one thing that might deny us the pres­i­dency, that is the God-given prop­erty of the Repub­li­can Party,” Burns remarked in an “ad” pro­mot­ing episodes of the long-running series.

The 47 per­cent tape?” asked inquir­ing fel­low Simp­sons char­ac­ter Mr. Smithers. “The empty chair? Cay­man Islands? Swiss bank accounts?”

Responded Mr. Burns: “No, no, no and no. It’s a shaggy-dog story about an actual shaggy dog.

Release the hound!”

The Simpsons

The Simp­sons

The “ad” (www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ltCIEbLMaQg&noredirect=1) has Mr. Burns retell the tale of dog Sea­mus, whose ken­nel was fas­tened to the roof of the Rom­neys’ car. Then the nuke boss lets Sea­mus choose between chal­lenger Rom­ney and Demo­c­ra­tic incum­bent Barack Obama.

The pooch is met by the two can­di­dates, whom Burns dubs “Broc­coli Bama” and “Meat Rom­ney.” Sea­mus, fear­ing the worst, runs away and jumps out the window.

Another jumper. Bring in the next dog!”, Burns con­cludes in triumph.

Ice Age 4 Sets Foreign Record For Animated Film

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

After open­ing at the top of Italy’s box office this past week­end, Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift — also known as Ice Age 4 – now holds the record for the highest-grossing ani­mated movie ever to be released abroad.

A $7.8 mil­lion debut at 906 venues in Italy has raised for­eign cumu­la­tive grosses for the sequel to $693.9 mil­lion. Bar­ring the unfore­seen, it’ll top the $700 mil­lion mark in for­eign lands.

Over the week­end, Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift made $8.7 mil­lion from 1,055 loca­tions in four over­seas countries.

The movie now has had the eighth-largest inter­na­tional release of any film — ani­mated or oth­er­wise — in history.

Bob & Fox Flipping Burgers For a Fourth Season

Bob's Burgers

Bob’s Burg­ers

FOX is going back to the grill for a fourth sea­son of Bob’s Burg­ers, announc­ing twenty-two new episodes for next year barely two shows into this year’s third season.

Cre­ated by Loren Bouchard, the show received an Emmy nom­i­na­tion ear­lier this year, and has been a strong part of the network’s Ani­ma­tion Dom­i­na­tion line-up. The first two episodes of the third sea­son have shown strong gains in view­ers, up over a mil­lion view­ers from last season.

A third-generation restau­ra­teur, Bob Belcher runs Bob’s Burg­ers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burg­ers, condi­ments and sides, but only a few thoughts on cus­tomer ser­vice and busi­ness man­age­ment. Despite his greasy coun­ters, lousy loca­tion and occa­sion­ally spotty ser­vice, Bob is con­vinced his burg­ers speak for themselves.

The show is ani­mated by Bento Box Enter­tain­ment for 20th Cen­tury Fox Tele­vi­sion. It pre­miered on Fox in Jan­u­ary 2011. Have you seen the show? What do you think of it?

Ice Age 4 Sets Foreign Record for Animated Film

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

After open­ing at the top of Italy’s box office this past week­end, Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift — also known as Ice Age 4 — now holds the record for the highest-grossing ani­mated movie ever to be released abroad.

A $7.8 mil­lion debut at 906 venues in Italy has raised for­eign cumu­la­tive grosses for the sequel to $693.9 mil­lion. Bar­ring the unfore­seen, it’ll top the $700 mil­lion mark in for­eign lands.

Over the week­end, Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift made $8.7 mil­lion from 1,055 loca­tions in four over­seas countries.

The movie now has had the eighth-largest inter­na­tional release of any film — ani­mated or oth­er­wise — in history.

[Via Screen Daily — www.screendaily.com/box-office/ice-age-4-sets-animation-record-retribution-tops-intl-charts/5047189.article, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter — www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-hotel-transylvania-taken-liam-neeson-375216]

Guild Members to Discuss TV Animation Development

The Animation Guild, Local 839

The Ani­ma­tion Guild, Local 839

The State Of TV Ani­ma­tion Devel­op­ment” will be the sub­ject of a panel dis­cus­sion at the gen­eral mem­ber­ship meet­ing of The Ani­ma­tion Guild on Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 25.

Devel­op­ment”: that enig­matic place where all tele­vi­sion shows get their start. What’s hap­pen­ing in TV ani­ma­tion devel­op­ment today? How does it work, and what are they cur­rently excited about? What are they look­ing for, and what makes a great pitch?

The panel will be hosted by TAG exec­u­tive board mem­ber Karen Carnegie John­son. Pan­elists will include Jenna Boyd (senior vice-president of ani­ma­tion devel­op­ment, Nick­elodeon), Jonathan Davis (exec­u­tive vice-president of com­edy devel­op­ment and ani­ma­tion, Fox Ani­ma­tion), Eric Homan (vice-president, devel­op­ment, Fred­er­a­tor) and Michael McGa­hey (vice-president, devel­op­ment, Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Animation).

Mem­ber­ship meet­ings offer TAG mem­bers an oppor­tu­nity to recon­nect with the Guild, inter­act with the Exec­u­tive Board, raise con­cerns and hear about the state of the indus­try. While not manda­tory, atten­dance and par­tic­i­pa­tion are key fac­tors in keep­ing TAG abreast of mat­ters in the workplace.

The mem­ber­ship decides how and when the union can act. Par­tic­i­pa­tion on your part is the foun­da­tion to the strength our con­tract and poli­cies hold. Come and be a part of the process of keep­ing TAG’s lever­age focused and strong.

Pizza and refresh­ments are avail­able at 6:30 p.m. The meet­ing begins at 7 p.m.

Mem­ber­ship meet­ings are held in the meet­ing hall of The Ani­ma­tion Guild. It’s located at 1105 North Hol­ly­wood Way in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia, between Mag­no­lia and Chandler.

Fox Reveals DreamWorks Animation 12-Picture Future

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

20th Cen­tury Fox has leaked the next bak­ers dozen Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movies-releases through the mid­dle of 2016– mark­ing the most ambi­tious slate for an ani­ma­tion house in Hol­ly­wood his­tory, and an indus­try first in output.

Newly announced Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion projects inlude B.O.O: Bureau of Oth­er­wordly Oper­a­tions, set to hit the­aters on Nov. 6, 2015, and How to Train Your Dragon 3, dated for June 18, 2016.

The other films set to release through the new Dream­Works and 20th Cen­tury Fox part­ner­ship: The Croods (March 22, 2013), Turbo (July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sher­man (Nov. 1, 2013), Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014), Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk (How to Train Your Dragon 2) (June 20, 2014), Happy Smek­day! (Nov. 26, 2014), The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car (March 27, 2015), Trolls (work­ing title, June 5, 2015), Mon­keys Of Mum­bai (work­ing title, Dec. 19, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016).

The Seth Rogen-voiced B.O.O: Bureau of Oth­er­wordly Oper­a­tions is based on an orig­i­nal idea by Tony Leondis (Igor), who is direct­ing the ghost pic. It is pro­duced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and the screen­play is being writ­ten by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots).

We have had the priv­i­lege not only to view many of these films in their var­i­ous stages but also to meet the incred­i­ble lead­er­ship teams behind each one, and we are very con­fi­dent about Dream­Works Animation’s robust future slate,” said Fox Filmed Enter­tain­ment CEOs and Chair­men Jim Gianop­u­los and Tom Roth­man. “We are truly excited about our new part­ner­ship and bring­ing these extra­or­di­nary films to audi­ences around the world.”

Many of these films have been in the works for many years, in vary­ing stages of the pipeline. With the uncer­tainty of a dis­tri­b­u­tion part­ner, Dream­Works has been hes­i­tant to release much about them.

Last month, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced its dis­tri­b­u­tion deal with 20th Cen­tury Fox, clear­ing up the dis­tri­b­u­tion for the next seven years.

What we are announc­ing today is the result of the amaz­ing work and devo­tion from Dream­Works Animation’s vast ros­ter of direc­tors, pro­duc­ers and artis­tic tal­ent over many years,” added Bill Dam­aschke, Dream­Works Animation’s Chief Cre­ative Offi­cer. “Every one of the movies in our lineup – whether it is an orig­i­nal film or a sequel to one of our beloved fran­chises – comes from the unique and spe­cial vision of our film­mak­ers, and we look for­ward to join­ing together with Fox to make them avail­able to fam­ily audi­ences start­ing next year.”

Releas­ing three films per year is prac­ti­cally unheard of rate of release for an ani­ma­tion stu­dio, with Dis­ney only shoot­ing for two dur­ing it’s “new renais­sance” period in the late 1990’s.  Cur­rent indus­try leader Pixar only puts out only one title a year.

What do you think– is the shot­gun approach to ani­mated film-making going to work, or do you think that despite the vol­ume, Dream­Works can keep the qual­ity level up and make some films with stay­ing power?