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.
Sony 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)
Krishna Aur Kans (Hey Krishna)
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)
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.