Saturday, February 11, 2012

Upcoming Animated Films - My Thoughts (Part 15)

More Sony Pictures Animation projects...
Make My Own Monster
Another Gotham Group co-production. Not much is known about this one.
Muncle Trogg
This project is based on Janet Foxley’s children’s book of the same name. It’s about a “small” giant living in a community of giants that pick on him for his size. A community of giants? Sounds like it could work. Apparently there’s a “solar-powered dragon” in this story, also interesting.
Pooch Cafe
Based on Paul Gilligan’s comic strip. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) will write the script.

Another retro cartoon/comic/show revival, but this one could work. The original short films (which are of course based on the Thimble Theater comic, pictured above) are pure brilliance, but the same can’t be said about the cartoon series versions of Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs. It should be hand-drawn though, a computer animated Popeye would just look awkward. (A CGI Popeye was already made for some forgotten direct-to-video movie a few years ago)

Rollercoaster Tycoon
I used to love playing Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 when I was young. I can only imagine what a film adaptation would be like. Guess what? It’s another live action/CGI hybrid. I guess we’re going to get a couple rollercoaster ride scenes in 3D.
Secret Histories
Another Gotham Group co-production, and there’s not much info on this project.
Untitled David Sussman Project
An untitled hybrid that’s being produced by Kevin Lima and written by David Sussman. There are no details on the plot or anything else.
With Aardman and The Gotham Group as collaborators, Sony Pictures Animation is trying to broaden their scope. Aardman can supply their usual brilliance, but under Sony’s name. Their own original projects have potential, and the ones under the Gotham Group could also work. Sony usually doesn’t use big budgets, unlike Pixar and DreamWorks. Perhaps in the future, they can go all out and do something that will require a big budget. But then again, you can still make an animated classic on a budget.

Next up is Illumination Entertainment, and that will be the end of this series of posts. Whenever a new animated film is announced or anything having to do with an upcoming release, I'll basically make a whole post dedicated to this news, or a weekly animation news round-up sort of thing. Which ever works.

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