Moonbot Studios Has Started to Develop Feature-Length Film Projects

The Oscar-winning Louisiana animation studio Moonbot recently announced that it is developing multiple feature-length film projects. It has acquired the film rights to two YA book series: the “Olivia Kidney” trilogy by Ellen Potter, which it plans to do as a live-action/animation hybrid; and “The Extincts” by Veronica Cossanteli.

‘Between Frames’ Documentary Spotlights A Century of Brazilian Animation

When you think of countries that are known for their animation, Brazil is probably not among the first that comes to mind. However, the country has nearly a century-long history of producing animation, and while historically most of the animation they have made hasn’t been seen outside of its borders, there have been notable contributions to the art form throughout the country’s history. With the animation industry growing quickly in Brazil—they are ranked seventh for countries that visit Cartoon Brew most often—it is a great time to explore the country’s animation legacy.

Teaser Trailer for Aardman’s ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’

Starting out as a side character in the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” (1995), Shaun the Sheep became an unlikely franchise star. After getting his own line of merchandise and a spin-off television series (which was popular enough to spawn its own spin-off, “Timmy Time”) Shaun is set to become the subject of Aardman’s next feature in spring 2015. The film currently doesn’t appear to have a U.S. distributor.

11 New ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ Images

DreamWorks has released a stockpile of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” film stills and publicity shots on the film’s official website. There’s new renders of Hiccup, Astrid, and Stoick, along with the dragons, including a new one, Cloudjumper. The quality of lighting and atmosphere has progressed notably since the first film in 2010. The Dean DeBlois-directed sequel will arrive into U.S. theaters on June 13.

Chris McKay Will Direct the “LEGO Movie” Sequel

Continuing the inexplicable trend of people named Chris directing animated features, Chris McKay, the animation co-director of “The LEGO Movie,” will direct the film’s sequel, which is currently set for a May 26, 2017 release.

Kelly Asbury Will Direct All-Animated ‘Smurfs’ Feature

Besides today’s bonanza of Genndy Tartakovsky projects, Sony Pictures Animation also made it official that Kelly Asbury (“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Shrek 2,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”) will direct the upcoming, as-yet-untitled “Smurfs” movie.

Kirby Atkins is Making Progress On His Feature ‘Beast of Burden’

While working on his short film “Mutt” in 1999, television writer/animation director Kirby Atkins (“3-2-1 Penguins,” “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”) conceived of a new idea about anthropomorphized cartoon animals. Over time, that idea evolved into the concept for his new feature “Beast of Burden,” which is currently in development at Huhu Studios in New Zealand.