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.
In the mess of trailers before Maleficent this weekend, there was one that quite literally took my breath away. It was not Boxtrolls (which looks good), or Jupiter Rising, but The Book of Life, the new CG animated feature directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. So full of life, or color, of motion, of raw energy, I sat mesmerized by where animation has taken us. I cannot wait to see this film.
Just days after the first pictures are released from the next Disney animated film Big Hero 6, Disney has dropped a teaser trailer on the web. Timing in at 1:37, the video shows the main character Hiro Hamada creating his robotic creation BayMax. In the teaser, we see that BayMax is an anamorphosis, puggy blob, and Hiro Hamada must design a fighting suit to make his robot fearsome. His designs do not quite work as planned.
Disney has released the first real peek at the artwork and character design from their next major feature film, Big Hero 6. The images show the main character Hiro Hamada, and also show his robotic creation BayMax. Disney’s first animated feature based on Marvel comic characters is due in theaters on November 07, 2014.
DreamWorks Animation has switched the release dates on a couple of upcoming films, one only six months before it was to hit screens. November’s release of Home has been switched with The Penguins of Madagascar, which was due out in just under a year.
As we count down to the release date of Disney’s new take on Maleficent, the PR machine is hitting high gear. A whole new series of posters starts the celebration off… four new teaser posters featuring the main characters from the film. Walt Disney Pictures promises to unveil new, exclusive movie content every day this week to further drive the anticipation for the film.
Funnyman Will Ferrell and partner Adam McKay are working on bringing back everyone’s favorite stone-age family. The duo’s production company Gary Sanchez Productions is in development on a new Flintstones animated feature. Warner Bros. previously tried a Flintstones TV series produced by Seth MacFarlane, but that project never got beyond the pilot stage.
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.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has announced 18 films in the feature film competitions for the 2014 festival. Nine films will be in competition and nine out of competition, and these were selected from 68 films submitted this year. Annecy is considered the preeminent animation film festival in the world, and is a festival that many in the industry look to for the best in animation.
Laika Entertainment’s newest stop-motion feature film The Boxtrolls has a spiffy new trailer online today. The studio which brought us ParaNorman in 2012 and Coraline three years before that looks to repeat again with an incredibly crafted film. Originally titled Here Be Monsters, the film is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature.