Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013's Animated Film Line-Up: What We Know So Far

Now that 2012 is almost over, let's take a look at next year's offerings. What do we know so far about the animated films opening in twenty thirteen? What do you think of the results so far?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Animation Box Office Stats

With the year coming to a close, let's take a look at how the animated batch did this year...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

PSone Nostalgia: The "Test Drive" Games

There's going to be a change of pace here, with the new year coming up and all. This post won't focus on animation, or film in particular (this place is "mostly" about animation, but it's nice to branch out and all), but video games. But... There is animation in video games, so it isn't too out of place. Anyways, I've been revisiting some PlayStation classics that I played growing up and will also discover others that I've never really played before. Part review, part reminiscing. Yes, there will lots of nostalgic tangents here... This won't be a consecutive series, but one that'll come around once in a blue moon.

Friday, December 21, 2012

"Planes" Flies To Theaters

Originally announced as a direct-to-video release, the DisneyToon-produced Cars spin-off Planes is now getting a theatrical release on August 9, 2013. I was initially alright with Disney doing this, without having Pixar's name on it, but why a theatrical release?

Do they really think that this spin-off (that's most likely directed at kids only, like any Disney direct-to-video sequel) will be a box office success? I remember when Disney gave two of their direct-to-video sequels a theatrical release in the domestic market: Return to Neverland in 2002 and The Jungle Book 2 in 2003. Both did poorly at the box office (yes they made their budget, but still didn't make much of a mark), because, who but kids wanted to see a direct-to-video quality sequel in theaters? I feel the same may happen with Planes.

Anyway, the only other possible problem is that people who aren't in the know might mistake this for a Pixar release. A lot of casual moviegoers still refer to most computer animated films as Pixar films, even if they've seen them and saw the logos before them. They may think Planes is Pixar as well. Pixar's name was already blemished by Cars 2 (or more appropriately, the criticism it got), so I'm hoping this doesn't add to that.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DreamWorks Goes "Turbo"

No, not that kind of Turbo... In case you did not know, DreamWorks Animation has a film called Turbo coming out next summer. The teaser for that said film is finally here! Yes, the very film that had a lot of us animation fans asking, "How the heck is this thing going to play out?"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Why Didn't "Guardians" Rise?

Before anything, it's too early to write Rise of the Guardians off entirely. It still has the Christmas weekend and subsequent weekends to give it a healthy boost plus there is no big family-friendly competition after the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. (which shouldn't even hurt it anyway). Word of mouth is certainly helping it too, as possibly getting $100 million off of a $23 million opening weekend is no small feat. Think of Bolt and The Princess and the Frog, two films that opened with a similar amount and got past $100 million despite all odds. While the final total may be a disappointment, one must consider the legs. I always thought they spoke greater words than the numbers.

Monday, December 17, 2012

What's Next? Predicting Disney Blu-ray's Future Again...

This year, Disney released a ton of their animated classics on Blu-ray alongside several live-action films from the Touchstone titles to films released under their name. Earlier this year, I had made predictions for what animated films would come out on the format next year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Frozen" Concept Art and Details

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen has been in the works for a long while, and it’s great to see this film actually getting off the ground. This recently revealed piece of concept artwork is a nice little taste of what’s in store, after months and months of brief reports on the film’s status. Just look at it...

Friday, December 14, 2012

3 Out Of The Gate (Make That 4)

Looks like Disney will be releasing more and more of their animated classics on Blu-ray next year! The week after Wreck-It Ralph comes to Blu-ray (March 5th), three Disney animated films will be released!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Interesting Words From Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews, the Pixar story man who was given the task to finish Brave in less than two years after its original director Brenda Chapman was removed from the project, has been making the rounds lately and has mentioned some interesting viewpoints in his latest interview.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Who Will It Be?: Oscar News and Revised Oscar Predictions

As Oscar season gets closer and closer, the more we find out. The critics' circles are currently picking the films they deemed the best of the year. Of course, they also have a slot for animated features. So far, the results have been... Interesting, to say the least.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Endless Possibilities

Disney wants it. Director Rich Moore is enthusiastic about it. Fans want it, too. What do they want?

A sequel to Wreck-It Ralph...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cleaning The Mess

Several Disney fans had high hopes for what new studio chairman Alan Horn would bring to the table, after nearly three years of misguided mismanagement under Rich Ross. To date, he has worked wonders and is quickly getting Walt Disney Pictures back up from the ground. Sure, under Ross, Disney did score some huge hits and broke a few records, but going against those triumphs (triumphs made possible by Dick Cook) were very bad blunders... Terrible mistakes.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kinda Crood

I was one of the few that was actually very fond of the teaser for DreamWorks' The Croods. That said teaser was met with mixed reactions, some of which were very negative while others couldn't find much to praise either. I guess I'm going to be in the minority again, because I actually preferred that teaser to the trailer, which just debuted today on iTunes.