The IndieGoGo projects started by ex-Disney animator James Lopez is seeing a ton of interest. Hitting the Internet on August 27, the goal was to just raise $80,000 to fun a short stem-punk inspired short Hullabaloo. They hit that goal in less than a week. Then they steam (punk) rolled over their stretch goal to produce a second short Curse of the Cheshire Cat. This morning word is in that a third short- The Mysterious Island- is now in the works with the project passing a stretch goal of $240,000 raised.
After Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen became the highest grossing animated film of all time, it was inevitable that the mouse-house would revisit the arctic kingdom of Elisa and Anna. In a move that will make pre-teens the world over scream for more Icee’s, Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced that in Spring 2015 they will follow the feature film up with the release a theatrical short titled Frozen Fever.
A veteran of Disney, animator James Lopez has a special love for the traditional, 2D, pencil-in-hand style of the art. And in this ever increasingly digital world, he does not want to see that special art lost or forgotten. To that end, Lopez has started up and IndieGoGo campaign to finance a new, 2D animated short Hullabaloo.
Do you remember the Acme Corporation, purveyors of fine explosives, heavy-weight anvils, high-speed tonic and – yes!- tornado seeds to Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius? Warner Bros. has been in development of a film based on the company since 2010, and the film is proceeding toward production status. While none of the original Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies characters are set to appear in the film, and Steve Carrell is said to be the Steve Jobs-like CEO of Acme Corporation.
Here’s hoping you like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book…. because you are about to get three animated feature versions in as many years. Based on their popular animated series of the same name, DQ Entertainment will be the first out of the gate with their The Jungle Book. 2015 will see Disney’s second bite at the apple, with their own remake of The Jungle Book. And not wanting to be left out, Warner Bros. is bringing up the rear with 2016’s Jungle Book: Origins. While DQ’s entry is first, and comes from the land of The Jungle Book, it will probably make the least impact on American audiences. But both Disney and Warner Bros. versions feature all-star casts, and both look to attract a ton of attention as they come to theaters. We have a score-card so you can keep track of which star is attached to which project….
When The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it left the year 2014 entirely devoid of a Pixar feature film. The film has lead a very troubled existence, from first being pulled from Disney’s Frozen‘s 2013 release date to having the director removed in August of 2013. No new director has even yet been announced, but a brain trust of John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and original project co-director Pete Sohn has been hard at work for most of the last year, restructuring and rewriting the film.
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.