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Sony Updates Animated Feature Film Roster

sony_pictures_animationSony Pic­tures Dig­i­tal Pro­duc­tions Pres­i­dent Bob Osher has set out more par­tic­u­lars on the stu­dios com­ing ros­ter of ani­mated films. Updat­ing three and adding a fourth film, Osher said: “I am really excited by the vari­ety of our upcom­ing projects as well as the amaz­ing tal­ent work­ing on them.” Two of the films in process are sequels to pre­vi­ous Sony projects, and one is a rework of a pop­u­lar ani­mated char­ac­ter; only one is an orig­i­nal project for the studio.

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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Last night saw Dis­ney freeze out most of the com­pe­ti­tion when the best and most cre­ative in ani­ma­tion met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Spon­sored by ASIFA Hol­ly­wood, the awards rec­og­nize great works in tele­vi­sion, the­atri­cal film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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



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.

Five Animated Feature Films Up For Golden Globes

Golden Globes

Golden Globes

Five movies each have been nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film, the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Asso­ci­a­tion announced Thursday.

Three of the five were dis­trib­uted by Walt Dis­ney Pictures.

The five are Brave (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), Franken­wee­nie (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (Colum­bia Pictures/Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion; Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing), Rise of the Guardians (Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion LLC; Para­mount Pic­tures) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pictures).

For Best Motion Pic­ture – Drama, the nom­i­nees are Argo, Djanjo Unchained, Life of Pi, Lin­coln and Zero Dark Thirty.

Nom­i­nees for Best Motion Pic­ture – Com­edy or Musi­cal are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Mis­er­ables, Moon­rise King­dom, Salmon Fish­ing in the Yemen and Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book.

The Golden Globes will be handed out Jan­u­ary 13 on NBC.

Hotel Transylvania to Open Again With 2015 Sequel

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia 2

Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion will release a sequel to sleeper Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, said an unnamed spokesman for the stu­dio. Set for release in 2015, the movie is ten­ta­tively titled Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia 2.

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.

21 Animated Features Submitted For 2012 Oscar Race

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Twenty-one fea­tures have been sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion in the Ani­mated Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory for the 85th Acad­emy Awards, the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences announced Friday.

The 21 sub­mit­ted fea­tures, listed in alpha­bet­i­cal order by title, are:

Adven­tures in Zam­bezia
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)
Krishna Aur Kans (Hey Krishna)
Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia
Ice Age Con­ti­nen­tal Drift
A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Gra­ham Chap­man
Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
The Mys­ti­cal Laws
Le Tableau (The Paint­ing)
The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits
 Le Chat du Rab­bin (The Rabbi’s Cat)
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Le Noël de Wal­ter et Tan­doori (Wal­ter And Tandoori’s Christ­mas)
Wreck-It Ralph

Sev­eral of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Ange­les qual­i­fy­ing runs. Sub­mit­ted fea­tures must ful­fill the the­atri­cal release require­ments and com­ply with all of the category’s other qual­i­fy­ing rules before they can advance in the vot­ing process. At least eight eli­gi­ble ani­mated fea­tures must be the­atri­cally released in Los Ange­les County within the cal­en­dar year for this cat­e­gory to be activated.

Films sub­mit­ted in the Ani­mated Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory may also qual­ify for Acad­emy Awards in other cat­e­gories, includ­ing Best Pic­ture, pro­vided they meet the require­ments for those categories.

The 85th Acad­emy Awards nom­i­na­tions will be announced live Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 10 at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn Theater.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2012 will be pre­sented Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24 at the Dolby The­atre at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter, and tele­vised live on ABC. The Oscar pre­sen­ta­tion also will be tele­vised live in over 225 coun­tries worldwide.

Tartakovsky Offers Animated Cartoon Short for Halloween

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” — the record-setting 3D computer-animated mon­ster com­edy from Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion that ranked as the biggest Sep­tem­ber open­ing in movie his­tory and the best open­ing ever for the stu­dio — is releas­ing a new ani­mated short as a spe­cial Hal­loween treat.

Begin­ning today (Fri­day, Octo­ber 26), all dig­i­tal show­ings of Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia in Regal Enter­tain­ment Group Cin­e­mas around the United States will be pre­ceded with a new tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated short directed by the film’s direc­tor, 13-time Emmy nom­i­nee (and three-time Emmy win­ner) Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky (Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory, Samu­rai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars), who also ani­mated every key frame of the new short.

Goodnight, Mr. Foot

Good­night, Mr. Foot

Enti­tled Good­night, Mr. Foot, the short stars none other than leg­endary mon­ster Big­foot, and fol­lows his adven­ture as he, too, checks in to Dracula’s five-stake resort in search of a lit­tle R-and-R, only to find him­self faced with an enthu­si­as­tic witch-maid, eager to make Mr. Foot’s stay a mem­o­rable one.

Tar­takovsky com­mented, “After we fin­ished Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, I got an itch to ani­mate! Tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from my favorite direc­tors, Bob Clam­pett, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, I ani­mated a short car­toon in the tra­di­tional 2D style. It was dif­fi­cult and exhil­a­rat­ing all at once, and I hope peo­ple will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed mak­ing it.”

To com­mem­o­rate the debut of the ani­mated short, an exclu­sive new col­lectible one-sheet — designed by Tar­takovsky him­self — will also be given away at all show­ings of Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia in Carmike Cin­e­mas nation­wide (while sup­plies last).

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia fans surf­ing the Inter­net might just keep any eye out (not lit­er­ally!) for a specially-created promo video pop­ping up some time around Octo­ber 31 (date to be deter­mined). The new tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated short film, exclu­sive poster and online video make a new (or return!) visit to Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia.

The fea­ture film debut of Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky, Sony Pic­tures Animation’s Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia proved to be the biggest Sep­tem­ber open­ing for a film in U.S. his­tory, and went on to open at #1 in many coun­tries around the world, includ­ing Argentina, Brazil, Bul­garia, Colom­bia, Ecuador, Malaysia Mex­ico, Peru, Philip­pines, Roma­nia, Rus­sia, Slove­nia, South Africa and Sweden.

Hotel Transylvania Opens in 1st Place in Russia

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

There were many guests at “Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” in Rus­sia over the week­end, where the ani­mated film opened at No. 1 with $5 mil­lion from 797 screens.

Over­all, the movie col­lected $14.5 mil­lion from 4,510 venues in 38 coun­tries. So far, it’s had a $68.3 mil­lion over­seas gross.

In the United King­dom, Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted made just $9.6 mil­lion in 519 the­atres. This past week­end, the three­quel was seen at 2,236 spot in 28 for­eign coun­tries for $14.9 mil­lion. Dis­trib­uted over­seas by Para­mount, Mada­gas­car 3 has made a cumu­la­tive $482.9 mil­lion overseas.

Franken­wee­nie brought in $4.1 mil­lion from 19 coun­tries dur­ing its sec­ond over­seas week­end for a cumu­la­tive for­eign total of $11.9 million.

Hotel Transylvania A Monster Animation Success, Sucks Up $43M

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Talk about a mon­ster movie!

Ani­mated 3-D fam­ily film Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia debuted over the week­end at the top of the United States and Cana­dian box office with $43 mil­lion, set­ting an all-time record for a Sep­tem­ber open­ing of a movie.

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Adam San­dler and Selena Gomez, the hotel opened way ahead of live-action sci­ence fic­tion flick Looper, which col­lected $21.2 mil­lion between Fri­day and Sun­day for sec­ond place.

Strong results for both movies helped res­ur­rect a box office that has slowed over sev­eral weekd.

Domes­tic grosses for Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia were way ahead of dis­trib­u­tor Sony Corporation’s pre­dic­tion for at least $25 mil­lion in North Amer­ica. Another $8.1 mil­lion was made over­seas for a global open­ing of $51.1 million.

It’s absolutely an incred­i­ble result,” said Rory Bruer, pres­i­dent of world­wide dis­tri­b­u­tion for the Sony Pic­tures stu­dio. He said that the stu­dio had hoped for a gross around $30 mil­lion. Even that, he observed, “in this mar­ket would have been extraordinary.”

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia cost $85 mil­lion to produce.

Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion pre­miered Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia at 1,700 venues over­seas. It opened at No. 1 in Mex­ico, con­tribut­ing $3.6 mil­lion from 525 screens. In Aus­tralia, it opened at No. 3, bring­ing in $2.2 mil­lion from 465 locations.

The movie’s open­ing North Amer­i­can gross was far ahead of the pre­vi­ous Sep­tem­ber record-holder, Sweet Home Alabama, which debuted at $35.65 mil­lion a decade ago. How­ever, con­sid­er­ing the higher ticket prices these days, Sweet Home Alabama sold more tickets.

As well, Sony dis­trib­uted live-action time-travel tale Looper, star­ring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.

Sony really kind of saved the day here, turn­ing things around after a full month of less-than-stellar box office,” said Hollywood.com ana­lyst Paul Der­garabe­dian. “The post-summer period didn’t exactly set the world on fire.”

Sony was able to dis­trib­ute two movies that didn’t have over­lap­ping audi­ences. That enabled it to take the step — unusual for a sin­gle stu­dio — of open­ing two wide releases on the same weekend.

Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift opened in Italy this week­end, gross­ing an enor­mous $7.8 mil­lion at 906 the­aters. Over­all, the series entry made $8.7 mil­lion at 1,055 loca­tions sites in four coun­tries abroad. The fam­ily film sequel has made a cumu­la­tive for­eign total of $693.9 mil­lion, thus becom­ing the highest-grossing ani­mated movie ever released overseas.

Even after 17 weeks abroad, Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is still gen­er­at­ing money. Over the week­end, it made $6.1 mil­lion at 1,514 loca­tions in 28 for­eign coun­tries. Over­seas, it’s made a total of $422.7 mil­lion, with open­ings in Ger­many and Aus­tria sched­uled this week.

Pixar’s Brave made $5.2 mil­lion in this, its 15th over­seas week­end, in 55 coun­tries. The total for­eign gross now stands at $281.9 million.

Dis­trib­uted abroad by Uni­ver­sal, Laika Entertainment’s Para­Nor­man col­lected $2.3 mil­lion at 1,900 venues in 36 coun­tries for a for­eign total of $32.4 million.

[Via Reuters — news.yahoo.com/monsters-rule-box-office-hotel-transylvania-160632797–sector.html, Asso­ci­ated Press — news.yahoo.com/hotel-transylvania-checks-43m-debut-154646517–finance.html, The Hol­ly­wood Reporterwww.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-hotel-transylvania-taken-liam-neeson-375216]

Dracula To Take A Big Bite Out Of BO?

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion is set to take a big bite out of week­end box office with the release of the ani­mated film Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia. Bets are on that the 3D film will slide to an easy vic­tory in the week­end race to sales, with esti­mates rais­ing as high as 35 mil­lion for the film.

Inter­est­ingly enough, one of the other two new releases this week­end is also from Sony, “Looper.” Star­ring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Rian John­son, Looper is expected to come in at sec­ond place at 22 mil­lion. The third film will be a dis­tant third, an expended box office bomb called, “Won’t Back Down.”

With a bud­get of about 100 mil­lion, Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia has had a long and trou­bled past. Var­i­ous direc­tors have included Anthony Stac­chi, David Feiss and Jill Cul­ton, with Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky helm­ing the final ver­sion. In Feb­ru­ary of 2012 Selena Gomez replaced Miley Cyrus as Mavis.

Wel­come to the Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, Dracula’s lav­ish five-stake resort, where mon­sters and their fam­i­lies can live it up, free from med­dling from the human world. But here’s a little-known fact about Drac­ula: he is not only the Prince of Dark­ness; he is also a dad.

Over­pro­tec­tive of his teenage daugh­ter Mavis, Drac­ula fab­ri­cates tales of elab­o­rate dan­gers to dis­suade her adven­tur­ous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, where his daugh­ter and some of the world’s most famous mon­sters — Franken­stein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invis­i­ble Man, a fam­ily of were­wolves, and more — can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, cater­ing to all of these leg­endary mon­sters is no prob­lem — but his world could come crash­ing down when one ordi­nary guy stum­bles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

Frank is also known as Franken­stein. Eunice is his in-your-face, over-the-top and larger-than-life Bride. Qua­si­modo, once the hunch­back of Notre Dame, is now a crazy, pas­sion­ate gourmet chef always look­ing for his next piece de resis­tance. Wayne and Wanda are a pair of mar­ried, har­ried were­wolves, par­ents to an ever-increasing lit­ter of pups, who are look­ing for­ward to their fam­ily vaca­tion at the hotel.

Mur­ray, a bois­ter­ous Mummy, was once enter­tainer to the great Pharaohs, and is now the life of the party, and always feel­ing the urge to let loose and sing. Jonathan is a 21-year-old reg­u­lar guy, care­free and full of life, whose world trav­els land him at the Hotel.