Sony announced today that their all-CGI “Smurfs” pic, directed by animation veteran Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”), will be pushed back from its original 2015 release date to 2016.
Category: Feature Film
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.
Today the Annecy International Animated Film Festival announced the feature film selections for their 2014 edition. Eighteen films were selected—nine in competition and nine out of competition. A total of 68 animated features were submitted this year.
India’s first 3-D mo-cap CGI feature, “Kochadaiiyaan,” will open on May 9th. By Western feature animation quality standards, it looks unwatchable, but perhaps it’s considered acceptable in India.
DreamWorks is developing “Hot Stuff,” a feature film starring the diaper-wearing demon-baby Hot Stuff the Little Devil, who originally appeared in Harvey Comics.
Next Friday, April 18th, Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Short Peace” will make its U.S. theatrical debut.
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.
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.
This weekend, Disney’s “Frozen” became the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its $1.072 billion worldwide gross has surpassed the $1.063 billion of “Toy Story 3,” which was the previous record-holder for biggest animated feature.
With the entire Internet already yakking about the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” trailer, it hardly seemed necessary to bring it up here. But for the sake of posterity, here is the trailer for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, which will debut on August 8th:
A new full trailer slipped out today for LAIKA’s “The Box Trolls.” Unlike the previous three teasers, this trailer provides some clues about the film’s contents and the underground world of the Box Trolls, and manages to do so without revealing anything of consequence.
Ahead of the film’s teaser trailer premiere later today, we’ve got our first look at the bigscreen CGI adaptation of “Peanuts” that is being produced by Blue Sky Studios.
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.
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.
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.
GKIDS announced today that they have entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” the new film by 78-year-old director Isao Takahata.
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.
DreamWorks premiered online a new short “Almost Home” on Buzzfeed this morning to promote their next original feature, “Home,” which will debut on November 26, 2014.
The third (and presumably final) teaser for LAIKA’s “The Box Trolls” was released today.
A new English-language trailer has been released for the Franco-Belgian CG-animated film “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart.”
“Sir Billi” is to Scotland what “Toy Story” is to the United States—the country’s first CGI animated feature. It’s being distributed to ho
Richard Linklater, currently nominated for an Oscar for “Before Midnight”‘s screenplay, is making strides on the Warner Bros. remake of “Incredible Mr. Limpet,” a project with which he has been involved since 2011.