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.
Back in June, we raved about the first trailer for Fox’s The Book of Life. Originally developed at DreamWorks, the film moved over to 20th Century and ReelFX in 2012. The film will release to theaters on October 17, 2014. The film is directed by Jorge Gutierrez, with Guillermo del Toro producing. And now we have a new trailer for the film. And while this one is a little more down-to-earth than the first trailer, it has done nothing to keep us from looking forward to seeing this film.
DreamWorks’ spin-off feature film The Penguins of Madagascar has a new trailer online. The film will be in theaters November 26, and is directed by Simon Smith. It features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Knights, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich.
On the heels of Warner Bros. hit The Lego Movie, the studio has staking out the release date for two new animated features for Memorial Day weekends in 2017 and 2018. While the studio fell short of tying titles in to the announced dates- and with a variety of films in the pipeline- neither is probably the Lego Movie sequel announce the week the first movie released.
Even before the much anticipated film hits theaters, Disney has announced a new animated series to be based on “Guardians of the Galaxy“. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series- as well as a sequel to the theatrical film- were both announced San Diego’s Comic Con. Marvel Animation and Disney XD even went to far as to preview a one-minute teaser of the new animated series at the Comic-Con.
Oscar-Award winning stop-motion animation director Will Vinton has teamed up with Gnosis Moving Pictures to bring four new stop-motion animation projects to the screen soon. This ambitious schedule will be Vinton’s first major projects since Will Vinton Associates was wrestled away from him (and eventually became Laika Entertainment). Vinton is on board to direct and co-write all four projects.
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.
The 38th annual Annecy International Animation Festival wound up June 14th and the winners are now available. The big winner for best feature film – the Cristal- is Alê Abreu’s O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and the World – Some Dreams Survive). The film is from Brazil and produced by Filme de Papel. The story tells the journey of a village boy into the modern world (São Paulo) as seen through his eyes and imagination, in the search for his father. Suffering from the absence of a father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings. A portrait of the problems of the modern world seen through the eyes of a child.