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!
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed to the Disney shareholder meeting that Pixar is actively working on a sequel to their 2004 hit film The Incredibles. While very little other information was released, Iger did state the original director Brad Bird was working on the script for The Incredibles 2. Iger also mentioned the studio is in work on a second sequel to Cars, Cars 3.
No director is currently attached to the sequel. Genndy Tartakovsky, director of the original film, will be in charge of SPA’s Popeye.
Hotel Transylvania has grossed more than $250 million worldwide so far. It opened to $42.5 million in North America and $50.6 overseas, setting a new record for a September opening.
In the original film, Adam Sandler voiced Dracula, owner of the five-star resort of the movie’s title. Other monsters included Murray the Mummy (Cee Lo Green), Frankenstein’s Monster (Kevin James) and Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade). Dracula’s daughter Mavis was voiced by Selena Gomez.
Marvel Animation is teaming the big green guy with Tony Stark in an all new feature film. Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a direct-to-video animated film that will team the two up to battle the energy creature Zzzax.
The two ride off together at the end of the hit film The Avengers, prompting some to speculate as to a teaming of Iron Man and The Hulk. This animated film seems to be that teaming, albeit not officially. There are at least two more films in the live-action series of The Avengers.
In Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Zzzax’s origin is explored. He wrecks havoc on the east coast of the United States. Hulk and Iron Man initially think the other is to blame, but team up to fight Zzzax when they realize their mistake.
Adrian Pasdar will voice Tony Stark/Iron Man and Fred Tatasciore reprises his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Veteran voice actor Dee Bradley Baker takes on the energy creature Zzzax.
Produced in a hybrid of computer generated and hand-made art, the film has a whole new style for Marvel Animation. Below are a couple early promotional images Marvel released to Entertainment Weekly showing the new character designs.
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United releases to DVD on April 23, 2013.
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Produced by Illumination Entertainment and released by Universal, the original Despicable Me had a $543 million worldwide gross during its 2010 release. The sequel Despicable Me 2 is scheduled to reach theaters July 3, 2013.
The popular little yellow creatures will be featured in the spin-off. However, the comedy adventure’s plot hasn’t been announced.
To be released in 3D-CG, the film will be produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, with Chris Renaud as executive producer. Pierre Coffin will direct.
Brian Lynch has written the screenplay. Kyle Balda will co-direct.
Jessica Chastain, gaining critical attention for her work on the movie The Help, will make her animation debut in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, DreamWorks Animation announced Friday.
Chastain, also of Tree of Life, will voice a new character, Gia the jaguar.
Also joining the film’s voice cast are Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston (also of Malcolm in the Middle) and comedian Martin Short (The Martin Short Show, Saturday Night Live). Cranston will voice a Siberian tiger, while Short will portray Stefano the sea lion.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen will repeat their animal portrayals. Frances McDormand was previously announced as a cast member.
Directed by Eric Darnell and Conrad Vernon, the threequel is scheduled for release June 8.
“Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple, and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure,” Friday’s announcement said. “Their journey takes them through Europe, where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent — Madagascar-style.”
The Madagascar franchise has grossed over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.
It is possible that a sequel is being tossed about as a potential feature film. But plenty of ideas get tossed up in the air; it is the really good ones that do come down as the features PIXAR makes. That is why all twelve of their feature films ruled the box office on release. So at this point, don’t count on it.
CotD: After a 25 year hiatus from theatrical shorts, Disney released “Tummy Trouble” in 1989 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/4256-Tummy_Trouble.htmlTummy Trouble (1989) – Theatrical Animated Film
Roger Rabbit is left to baby-sit with the mischievous Baby Herman. The infant swallows a toy rattle, which is just the beginning of Roger’s troubles. When he rushes the baby to the hospital, the duo gets involved in a multitude of misadventures.
Once again, the Yogi opus will be produced by Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt. Andrew Haas is the executive producer, while Jon Berg is the supervisor for WB.
More successful than first predicted, the initial Yogi hybrid film opened in mid-December with just $16.4 million at the North American box office. It then showed its claws and made over $100 million in the United States — and another $100 million in other countries.
In that film, Brad Copeland joined Sternin and Ventimilia as the scriptwriters.
[Via Variety -- http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118037674]
If you never thought that penguins could get off the ground, DreamWorks Animation is out to prove otherwise.
Schoolcraft and Simons will write the script and develop the story. Currently, there is no director or co-directors, and no release date has been set.
Paramilitary penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico will be featured in the movie. They were — and are — supporting characters in the Madagascar films (Madagascar 3 is set for release in 2012).
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