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.
Who’s up for a first look at the artwork from Pixar’s newest animated short Lava? Although we have known for a while it is to be released with the theatrical feature film Inside Out, we just learned that Lava will actually premiere next week at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan. So even though we only get a sneak, one-frame advance look at the film, the whole thing is done and ready to show.
Proving that once again that Hollywood’s secret motto is there is no good idea like an old idea rebooted, Disney is dipping into their storied history to bring another animated film back to life… with a twist. As we have seen with Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent, and the forthcoming Cinderella, taking an old, safe animated feature and making it a new, live-action film is making bucket’s of money. So Disney turned to it’s history and pulled out an elephant of an idea- and here comes Dumbo!
The French CGI animated feature Astérix: Le Domaine des Dieux (Asterix: The Land of the Gods) has released it’s first trailer. This long-running series, this will be the first CG animated feature in the Asterix series. The film is directed by Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy, with animation by Mikros Image Animation Paris. Budgeted at 31 million euros, the film will release in France on November 26, 2014; no word on a US release at this point.
Once again dipping into their deep archives, Disney is pulling out a rework of the life of the Seven Dwarfs for their new animated TV show The 7D. Rather than set the story in the world of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, the show takes place in contemporary storybook world of Jollywood. The 7D follows brave little heroes Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc as they work together to maintain order in the kingdom. Standing in their way are Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice warlock and witch couple, who haplessly plot to dethrone the Queen and take over Jollywood.
In the mess of trailers before Maleficent this weekend, there was one that quite literally took my breath away. It was not Boxtrolls (which looks good), or Jupiter Rising, but The Book of Life, the new CG animated feature directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. So full of life, or color, of motion, of raw energy, I sat mesmerized by where animation has taken us. I cannot wait to see this film.
It took a while, but we are finally here! The Big Cartoon DataBase hit the milestone of 150,000 entries earlier today with the addition of the cartoon The Polish Language. This film was added to BCDB on May 9th, 2014 at 4:23 PM. It was originally submitted by Ethan Minovitz. We would like to thank all the people who helped us get to this point- all the contributors, all the users and everyone else who has had a hand in helping the DataBase become what it is today. To all of you- a big, heart-felt: THANK YOU!
Director Kelly Asbury’s The Untitled Smurfs Movie- planned for a 2015 release- has been pushed back a year. But there is still no official title. The film is believed to be a full 3D CGI animated film, not an animation/live-action hybrid like the first two Smurf films from Sony.
Bob Hoskins, perhaps best known as detective Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died at age 71. Eddie was the live action comic foil to the animated Roger. He grudgingly helped the bunny clear his name when he was framed for murder. Along the way, he revealed that a toon killed his brother. Eventually, he confronted his adversary, who turned out to be the local judge.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has announced 18 films in the feature film competitions for the 2014 festival. Nine films will be in competition and nine out of competition, and these were selected from 68 films submitted this year. Annecy is considered the preeminent animation film festival in the world, and is a festival that many in the industry look to for the best in animation.