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.
Pixar’s next animated feature film – Inside Out- is due out in one year, and today Pixar announced the short that will accompany the film. The short is titled Lava and is described as a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Pixar gave LA journalists an early sneak preview last night and by all accounts, the footage shown was stunning. Pixar also showed the new poster for the short, which shows a beautiful, idyllic tropical island, frolicking (and paired!) sea-life, and a background of a smoldering volcano.
Remember last month when DreamWorks pulled the old switcheroo with a couple films? Monday DreamWorks released the first trailers for both films… 2014’s The Penguins of Madagascar and 2015’s Home. DreamWorks does not have a record of incredible trailers, and these continue that trend. Neither film looks to be the hit that the studio needs after the lackluster open of How to Train Your Dragon 2 last week, which only came in second with about a 50 million dollar open.
Laika Entertainment has released the official domestic trailer for their highly anticipated 2014 release The Boxtrolls. Three months from release, the film is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Dare to be square with the highly anticipated official trailer for The Boxtrolls, premiering on Yahoo! Movies Today!
I have been looking forward to Maleficent with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. On one hand, she is easily my favorite Disney villain, so cold and so pure, and I want desperately to see more of her and her back-story. On the other hand, she is easily my favorite Disney villain, and I would hate to see her parodied, taken lightly or ultimately destroyed in a film that does not understand this great character. The good news is that this film almost gets it right; but that is also the bad news.