Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monsters and Meatballs

That's right... Two new posters for two animated films coming out this year. Both of them are lovely.

I love the Monsters University one already. From time to time, we'll often get posters for Pixar's films which contain almost all of the main cast plus minor characters on them. Finding Nemo had an excellent one, ditto Cars and Toy Story 3. Also, ComingSoon.net confirmed that a new trailer for the film has been classified!

The question is, when will we get that said trailer? I think we'll get it sometime next month, not before Disney's own Oz the Great and Powerful, but maybe before DreamWorks' The Croods. Here's hoping it's a decent trailer that gets audiences fired up for the film, and maybe even win over the skeptics who keep telling themselves that Pixar is no longer good.

The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 poster is also unexpectedly nice, but at the same time, we knew it was going to look good because the concept art was pretty and the few images we got and this poster do boast some very nice work.

The tagline reminds me of the film's working title: Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. I don't know why they changed the title, because the tagline implies that the film will be about these "leftovers" getting their revenge. Anyways, the food creatures look great and the color work is nice, so I have no doubt that this will be a colorful bonanza like its predecessor.

What do you think of these two posters?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Winners

Well, it's official. Pixar's beautiful, moving fairy tale took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. That's right... Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews' Brave. Pixar has won again at the Academy Awards. It was a tight race with some great competition, but it won just like it did at the Golden Globes last month.

And the Mystery Film Is...

Big Hero 6...

Yes, the adaptation of the Marvel Comics story that will be directed by Don Hall... Walt Disney Animation Studios' first feature film co-production with another studio... You already know that I'm super excited for this. Are you?

It was revealed yesterday that the film was penciled in for a November 21st release in Spain, of all places. However, since Disney announced that an animated film was coming out on November 7th next year, Big Hero 6 will open that weekend here in the states. Still no word on how it will be done (whether it'll be hand-drawn or computer) or anything else, but I'm hoping that we'll hear more about it soon.

Disney better play their cards right with this one. With comic book movie mania in full swing, they can score a real hit off of this. Also, as I have said many times before, this is a great way for the studio to go beyond fairy tales and adaptations of classic stories again. Disney showed that they were willing to do this with something like Wreck-It Ralph, so hopefully they continue to break from the norm with this film and more films like it.

So much potential, so many possibilities... I expect another grand slam from the studio.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Don't Censor Me!

Back in 2011, Warner Bros. released what I would call a definitive set for the legendary Tom and Jerry series. Called the "Golden Collection", the first volume presented the first 37 theatrical shorts, beautifully restored and all uncensored in their original format. All the questionable humor and gags were present. To top it off, there was a warning that you couldn't skip that wonderfully explained why the cartoons have that potentially offensive material and why it's absolutely wrong to censor them.

February Animation News Roundup

Some quick bits of animation new from this past week and then some... Stuff I didn't go over and such...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Toy Story Faux

What is the deal with all of these rumors of a fourth Toy Story film? First there were a few reports saying that Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were behind it, Hanks himself fumbled and said that Pixar was already working on the film in 2011, then John Lasseter himself sort of implied that it was going to happen, IMDb had it listed for a 2015 release at the time and... Let's not forget last summer when the rumors of a sequel to Finding Nemo popped up. Out of nowhere, a fourth Toy Story was announced by different sites... Not Disney or Pixar themselves. Unfortunately, the news spread like wildfire.

Now all of a sudden, the rumored sequel came back. However, Disney denied that a fourth film was in the works. Colombian website Terra broke the news earlier today after a radio executive tweeted it, only to remove the article hours later. They claimed that Disney and Pixar did confirm it, but without any sources backing it up. They also mentioned that the film would hit theaters in 2015. Apparently they forgot that Pixar already has two original films coming out that year: Pete Docter's The Inside Out and an untitled film. There are two more original films in the works as well, so you won't be seeing a fourth Toy Story any time soon.

These rumors of a fourth installment to Pixar's classic series just won't go away... But why? Finding Nemo's heavily rumored sequel was half-confirmed, so does this mean that one will happen? Or will Pixar leave the series alone when it comes to feature films? It's well-known in the animation community that the only Toy Story-related releases coming out are two television specials and more Toy Story Toons.

But I have a feeling it's not going to happen, because there have been so many faux announcements. Toy Story 3 is a film that you simply can't make a sequel to in my eyes. The short films and specials are fine because they're harmless and entertaining, they don't really attempt to expand on the story. If Pixar had to make a fourth film (Disney probably wants one, considering that the third installment made $1 billion at the box office and a killing in merchandise sales), they would probably make a prequel or start fresh with a new cast of characters that have nothing to do with Woody, Buzz and the gang. But I just can't see Pixar doing that.

What are your thoughts on all these rumors? Are you fine with a fourth Toy Story? Or do you think it should never ever happen? Sound off below!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bringing Back the "Event" Status

When's the last time a release from Disney's legendary animation house was a big event? A film that was thrown out there as a big gun... A tough competitor in the cinema world... There was a time when a new Disney animated film was a big event... A massive event at that. The Little Mermaid more than launched this new status for the studio's output, after a few years of successful films that weren't necessarily "event pictures". Pictures that weren't as big as the Golden Age classics.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to Monsters University

That's right... A full trailer for your viewing pleasure. Oddly enough, this trailer is for the UK only. I'm guessing us Americans will be getting the same exact trailer soon, or at least a very similar one...

I don't know about you, but I'm confident in this. It looks like Pixar put their all into this one, unlike another sequel. I think there's no use worrying at this point. What works? The animation and design of the campus is already stunning (obviously), but the jokes they're going for aren't flat nor do they misfire. I have a feeling that this'll be a real riot, and perhaps one of Pixar's funniest.

Other than that, great visuals, lovely set and character design and some great little glimpses that are in every Pixar trailer - the ones that make you think, "I want to see more of that!"

What are your thoughts on this trailer?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Quick Pixar Fix

Ohhhh boy... Some juicy Pixar news for you today.

For starters, a "preview" of Monsters University; courtesy of Animation Fascination. Yeah... Where's that official trailer, Disney marketing? Anyways, the bit of footage they showed is great. I love the story already, and you can tell that Pixar has a lot of confidence in this film... More so than another sequel. I think we should not worry, one bit...

Next up, we have an official logo for their 2014 release - The Good Dinosaur!

This logo first appeared a few days ago, but it was unknown whether it was real or fake. Turns out, it's the real deal. I like it, the title itself has a nice simplistic feel and it's cool how they incorporated the apatosaur in the logo itself. To be honest though, I sort of liked this one a bit better. I don't know, maybe it's because I liked the way the titular dinosaur is part of the title itself... Oh well, I still really like this one. It's very different.

And finally, it's been confirmed... The title of their 2015 "Inside the Mind" film is The Inside Out. We got word on this back in December, but now it's true! What a great title, too!

Now, who knows what will be revealed next... A title for the "Dia De Los Muertos" film? Or maybe some surprise announcement that Newt is back... Or maybe what the untitled November 2015 film is... Whatever it'll be, it'll inspire confidence.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Trolls and More Shadows

Despite mass audiences' continuing resistance to stop motion animation films; projects are still in production. Two mainstream stop motion films, one from LAIKA and one from Henry Selick, are on their way...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Trouble at DreamWorks

The boy on the moon is facing some trouble... Big trouble...

Following the incredibly disappointing news concerning the status on Me and My Shadow, it looks like DreamWorks' is having a rough time.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Goodbye, Shadow...

It appears that DreamWorks has removed Me and My Shadow, director Alessandro Carloni's risky hybrid (of hand-drawn animation and computer animation) film about the world of shadows, from its release schedule. Not moved, but got rid of completely. Let that sink in for a minute...

Even after the unveiling of a teaser image and details, DreamWorks has abandoned this film. Mr. Peabody & Sherman will once again occupy the March 2014 spot. Peabody was originally scheduled for March 2014, but moved up to this coming November. Now it's back in that spot, leaving the early November slot blank. DreamWorks will release two films this year in total.

Now we all want to know... What happened? Story problems? DreamWorks had no faith it? Or was there a falling out with the director? Maybe it's still in the can but currently not scheduled for release any time soon?

Hopefully we'll get an answer soon...

UPDATE: Cartoon Brew has revealed that Me and My Shadow is now back in the development phase, and massive layoffs are coming at the studio. It's possible that DreamWorks is doing this because of how Rise of the Guardians underperformed at the box office, but we don't have any more answers than that. I'm hoping those animators will eventually find work.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Quick Super Bowl Trailer Thoughts

A change of pace, but I felt I would comment on this year's Super Bowl trailers. Sadly, no trailers for ANY animated film showed up. I was at least expecting something from The Croods or Epic. Monsters University had a spot that oddly only aired in Canada, and it's nowhere to be found online at the moment.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Annie Aftermath

See all the nominations and winners here.

Last night, the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony took place. As usual, several films, short subjects and television shows competed for a grand prize; whether it was for best writing or best storyboards or best effects in a live action film...

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Frozen" Character Reveals (Fake)

Read No Further: These posters have been confirmed to be fake, courtesy of a Walt Disney Animation Studios visual development trainee.

Update (1/14/2014): This post, for some reason, keeps showing up in the "popular posts" section. Why? This is OLD news! These thoughts were "at the time" thoughts, they're irrelevant now that the film has been out for months. I guess some out there like seeing people's old thoughts on Frozen when these fake posters came out…

(Oh and really? I thought Elsa was the villain back then? I guess that's what happens when you avoid juicy plot details for fear of spoilers…)

It looks like Disney is finally getting the ball rolling for the marketing of Walt Disney Animation Studios' next release, Frozen... In Argentina. Today, three posters were sighted here.