It was the best of animation, it was the worst of animation. Over the next couple months, you will be able to choose for yourself which is the true Queen, and which will be the also ran. One is from Disney, and one is produced in the frozen land of Russia; both are based on the classic tale The Snow Queen By Hans Christian Andersen… and both, interestingly enough, have just released new trailers in anticipation of their pending releases.
Laika Entertainment, creators of 2009’s Coraline and last year’s Academy Ward nominee ParaNorman has just released their first teaser trailer for their next animated film, The Boxtrolls. Set for release on September 24, 2014, The Boxtrolls will be the first stop-motion animated film directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Disney has released the first trailer for Frozen, their take on the Snow Queen tale made famous by Hans Christian Andersen. Set for release this November, Frozen is a story that Walt himself considered doing, but never actually started on. A version was considered in 2002. By 2010, Disney shelved that project, then changed its status to “on hold.” The film gained new life in late 2011. when Disney announced a new title for the project (Frozen), and committed to a 2013 release date.
With DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” winning all kinds of awards- even before it is released- the next movie is the company pipeline is starting to get some love. “The Croods” is on deck and ready to show it’s stuff. First look is now available with the first trailer from the animated film now available.
The story of a stone-age family make make you think back to Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones, but other than sharing a time-period, there is no similarity. The film takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen creatures and landscapes.
The Croods stars Nicolas Cage as Grug, the patriarch of the family. As he takes his family intro a dangerous new world, they meet Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, who takes the family on a wilder ride than they ever thought possible. Emma Stone and Catherine Keener are also voices in this film.
The film is directed and written by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps). The film is produced by Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell. The Croods releases to theaters on March 22, 2013 in both stereoscopic 3-D and 2-D.
Sony Pictures Animation troubled production of the 3D animated Hotel Transylvania has something to show for the nearly 10 years in production it has seen. A first trailer. A first look at Adam Sandler’s Dracula as he parades around his stylish resort for overworked monsters.
Hotel Transylvania is the story of Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here’s a little-known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad.
Currently helmed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack fame, the film has been directed at various times by Anthony Stacchi, David Feiss and Jill Culton. The film has also seen the comings and goings of Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mavis.
The film is produced by Michelle Murdocca, Amy Jupiter, Albie Hecht, and Robert Simonds for Sony Pictures Animation. The film will be released in 3D in selected theaters on September 21, 2012.
The sequel to Illuminations/Universal’s 201 hit Despicable Me, so imaginatively titled Despicable Me 2, has it’s first trailer out. The trailer gives nothing of the plot away, but if you love the little yellow Minions, you will love the new trailer. Or if you love the Beach Boys, you will love it.
Despicable Me 2 is expected to be released in July 2013. Not a whole lot on what the new plot will be, and the trailer is not much help in that regard. Surely Gru will be back, but that is about all we know at this point.
Laika Entertainment’s new puppet animation feature ParaNorman has just released the first trailer of the film.
In this comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
The release date is for this film is August 16th, 2012 in the Netherlands; released in the United States and Canada on August 17, 2012.
Ready for a first look at Tim Burton’s remake of Frankenweenie? Just released, the first trailer from this stop-motion film due out later this year.
Frankenweenie tells the story of a boy named Victor loses his dog and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. Once the others learn of his secret, they set out to create their own monsters, each based on their respective pets and personalities.
A remake of Tim Burton’s earlier short film Frankenweenie. Like the 1984 version, it is a parody of and an homage to the classic 1931 horror film Frankenstein. The film is shot in stop-motion animation, much like Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The film will hit theaters on October 5th, and will be released in Disney 3D in selected theaters.
Brave, set for release in about a year, on June 22, 2012. Brave is said to be a fairy tale story, a first for a film from PIXAR. It is also the first PIXAR film not directed by the core group of directors at the studio. Brave‘s director is Mark Andrews, who previously directed the short, One Man Band.
Described by Toy Story 3 director lee Unkrick as “Gritty”, PIXAR describes the film thus:
“A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure Brave. The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. The storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale.”
The film stars Reese Witherspoon as Princess Merida and Emma Thompson as her mother, Queen Elinor. Additional voices include Billy Connolly as King Fergus, Tom Hulce as Prince Jeffrey, and Julie Walters as a witch.
You can see the trailer on the BCDB “Brave” page now.