Friday, April 26, 2013

The Return of the Mouse

Despite what's been going on with corporate Disney and Walt Disney Animation Studios (particularly the layoffs) as of late, there's still a lot great things coming our way. In addition to the exciting leaked Frozen footage, Disney is preparing... A new hand-drawn Mickey Mouse short done in black-and-white. The title?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Final Trailer for "Monsters University"

Well, here it is! The final trailer for Pixar's Monsters University! I don't have much to say here since I've only watched it once and I probably won't give it another view; I feel that some of the stuff in here could be spoilerific. That's not to say you shouldn't watch it, the scenes in question that are presented in this trailer could be mild for all I know.

Anyways, I liked what I saw. With the very positive early screening reviews floating around, I'm expectedly hyped for this film. You all know that I'm still willing to be excited for a Pixar film, two disappointments or not. The trailer gives more details on the main plot. I'm also curious to see what the "Scare Games" will be like.

If you're up for a (potentially) mild spoiler or two, enjoy!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Out in the Cold [Update]

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, their 53rd feature, is opening in theaters this autumn. November 27th, to be exact. Let's see... What we know so far?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Boatload of Potential

I've been thinking about this sort of thing for a while. What if the movie industry were to try adapting video games into animated films?

Back To Berk

Note: DreamWorks has been asking several sites and blogs to take down the early images for this film. When they are made available again (officially by DreamWorks), then they'll reappear in this article.

Artwork and plot details for DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon 2 have surfaced. Cue the excitement and anticipation...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Animation, Action and Marketing: A Response

I’ve been checking out a new blog by a fellow Disney fan/blogger named Jim Miles. He has written about Disney and the film industry several times before, but now he has this new blog where he frequently posts articles about the subjects he is interested in, mainly the film industry and the arts. In a piece he wrote back when DreamWorks’ newest release The Croods took in a healthy $43 million on its opening weekend, he offered a few lessons explaining how animation unfortunately has to be marketed in North America and what type of animation adult audiences will respond to.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A New Big Franchise?

Back in August, Oriental DreamWorks had been founded as an animation unit to produce Chinese-themed animated films given the fact that China has become a bigger market for American films nowadays, what with the influx of 3D films and such. Seeing many opportunities in front of them, the DreamWorks heads made a very smart business decision. The company's first production will be co-produced with the main unit on the West Coast. The production, in question, is Kung Fu Panda 3. (Which is currently slated for a December 23, 2015 release.)

Now they have another production in development, an animated film based on the best-selling Chinese book series The Tibet Code, a series written by He Ma.

Friday, April 19, 2013

"The Croods" Gets a Sequel

I think we all saw this one coming. DreamWorks' The Croods is getting a sequel. This was announced two days ago by the Hollywood Reporter, and it was also brought up during Fox's presentation at CinemaCon yesterday. During that presentation, they also showed footage from upcoming DreamWorks films such as Mr. Peabody and Sherman and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thoughts on Disney's CinemaCon Presentation

Disney's lengthy presentation at this year's CinemaCon is currently happening right now, revealing quite a lot of ambitious plans that the studio has for the future.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mark Andrews' Next Project

An original and talk of a sequel... Pixar news always brings a surprise or two...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Farewell For Now...

Today was a rather dark day for Walt Disney Animation Studios... Today was a very shocking and saddening day for the studio, Disney fans, film fans and animation fans... Today was a day where dreams were crushed...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Switching Gears

I had a feeling that this was going to happen to DreamWorks' current slate sooner or later, especially after the temporary shelving of Me and My Shadow, a film originally aimed for a spring 2014 release. It looks like two films have traded places: The tentatively titled Mumbai Musical and Kung Fu Panda 3. It appears that the next installment in the colorful martial arts adventure series is bowing in theaters first, with the risky and potentially great Bollywood-style musical following.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is now opening on December 23, 2015. Like the original planned release date (March 18, 2016), it's certainly unusual since the first two films were summer releases. The date, however, is good. It's almost a month away from Pixar's Finding Dory (if that film stays in the November 25, 2015 spot) and will have no trouble doing well over the holidays. It's possible that the film may have a lot of snowy mountain settings to go along with the season it's being released in. The cast for the film has also been expanded: Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson will now star in this DreamWorks sequel.

I say bring it on! Kung Fu Panda marked the beginning of a better era for the studio. Kung Fu Panda 2 expanded upon the first film's already decent storyline and added heart, emotions and even darkness. Plus, that sequel ended with a nice hook so a third one has to happen.

As for Mumbai Musical, I've been curious and excited about it since it was announced a while back. I'm happy to see that it at least has a release date pegged, but hopefully the production doesn't run into problems like Me and My Shadow did. It's possible that DreamWorks may announce the new date for that film too, because to my understanding, it's just on the back burner for now. Will Mumbai Musical get its title soon? Who knows. I actually kind of liked the working title: Monkeys of Mumbai. Hopefully this musical is done right and is another nice addition to DreamWorks' current slate.

Are you looking forward to these films? Do you think the change of release dates was for the better? Or not?

Sound off below!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pixar Confirms Nemo Sequel

It's official... Disney and Pixar have announced that Finding Nemo's long-rumored follow-up is now actually happening. No, it isn't Finding Nemo "2"... Instead, it's...

*cue the drumroll*