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.
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed to the Disney shareholder meeting that Pixar is actively working on a sequel to their 2004 hit film The Incredibles. While very little other information was released, Iger did state the original director Brad Bird was working on the script for The Incredibles 2. Iger also mentioned the studio is in work on a second sequel to Cars, Cars 3.
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.
As expected, Disney’s Frozen won the Best Animated Film Oscar at tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony. The film, which is nearing one billion dollars in total box office, beat out four other films to take the honor. This is The Walt Disney Studio’s first win of the Best Animated Feature award since its introduction in 2002.
Illumination Entertainment is not content to rest on the laurels of their Oscar nominations and sequel productions… Chris Meledandri’s animation company is rushing head-first into an aggressive production schedule. Barely ten days after announcing a third Despicable Me and a new Dr. Seuss film, Illumination has added another film to their release slate, an as-yet Untitled Pet Movie set for release February 12, 2016.
Disney premiered a new trailer for Maleficent, the live-action adaption of the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. We see a lot more of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and it is impressive. The new look at the film was first shown as an ad during Sunday night’s Grammy awards show. The first look trailer was pretty hard to judge the film by; this new trailer seems give a lot better look at what to expect from this new film.
The Oscar-winning director of Disney’s Paperman- John Kahrs- has turned up across the street at Paramount for his next project. Kahrs’ Oscar last year for the Disney animated short was the studios first win in that division in the since 1969’s It’s Tough To Be A Bird. His new project will be Shedd, a feature film with no release date yet set.
As it steamrolls it’s way toward February’s Oscars, Frozen wins another award, this one for Producer Peter Del Vecho. The 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards were awarded last night at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. In an non-animated stunner, this years competition featured the first tie for the top film prize in the PGAs’ 25-year history. Live-action films Gravity and 12 Years A Slave shared the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.