Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June Animation Tidbits [#2]


More animation tidbits! Looks like this month is picking up a bit! Oh, and check out that nice Frozen teaser poster...


Well how about that... The teaser for The Lego Movie has finally arrived! Just in time for a certain big animated film that's opening on Friday...



One thing I liked about the trailer was the beginning, parodying most trailers for big blockbusters and humorously implying a Justice League movie is what's in store. I also love the animation of the individual Lego people, it was almost stop motion-like in a way. But the film is said to be an all-CG production, hmmmm...

The jokes? A lot of them worked, but what really thrilled me was the look of it and the glimpses of the action. All in all, it looks like it'll be a whole lot of fun. 2014's animation slate just got more and more exciting...

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Speaking of 2014 animated films, a new image from DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It's just another look at the titular duo, so hopefully we'll get a poster or a teaser sometime soon.


Here's hoping it's fun one! This DreamWorks production will hit theaters nationwide on March 7, 2014.

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Thanks to a recent press release from Disney, we now know what the Fall 2014 Diamond Edition title will be... Sleeping Beauty!


Though I had thought that Aladdin and One Hundred and One Dalmatians would follow The Jungle Book (Spring 2014), it seems like Disney will do whatever with this line now despite the fact that this title is already on Blu-ray unlike the other titles that haven't been released as Diamonds yet, sans Pinocchio. The home entertainment division is probably doing this because Disney's big budget tentpole Maleficent hits theaters in the summer of 2014, and the Blu-ray should hit stores in the autumn.

So basically, I have to revise my predictions!

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Animation Fascination and HitFix have some great details about Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming Mickey Mouse short Get A Horse!, which premiered at the Annecy eighteen days ago. The presentation was held by Disney legend Eric Goldberg and animator Adam Green. Hitfix's Drew McWeeny had this to say...

“Evidently, they opened the presentation by talking about how storyboards had been found for an unfinished Mickey Mouse short, and then the classics ‘Plane Crazy’ and ‘Steamboat Willie’ were shown. Perfect way to set the stage for what happened to those recently discovered storyboards. As Get A Horse! begins, it appears to be an actual 1928 Disney cartoon, but at some point, the screen shakes and a full-color 3D rendered Mickey Mouse appears in the cartoon. From that point on, the film mixes the ’20s style hand animation and modern cutting edge 3D work, with the beginning of Disney’s legacy colliding to what sounds like hilarious effect with the latest and most technically polished expression of Disney’s vision.”

McWeeny also states that the short will be attached to Frozen, though there hasn't been much of an official confirmation... Strange, considering that Disney announced that Paperman would precede Wreck-It Ralph in theaters.

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What do you think of the teaser for The Lego Movie? Are you anticipating the film? Or not? When do you think we'll get a trailer for Mr. Peabody & Sherman? Or better yet a proper first look? What do you think of Sleeping Beauty hitting Blu-ray as a Diamond Edition before Aladdin and One Hundred and One Dalmatians? Are you hyped for Get A Horse!?

Sound off below!

4 comments:

  1. The teaser for the Lego movie looks awesome!!! I never thought I'd be that excited for it, and it's definitely gonna be on my must-see list for 2014. As for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, it's probably gonna be another bad movie from the suits at DreamWorks, and the teaser will be proof of that when it comes out. Sleeping Beauty? Well, I'm not surprised that they'd do that, my theory about it coming out the same year as Maleficent is the same as yours.

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  2. I'll have to disagree with MattNor91 - The Lego Movie's animation is amusing (imitation stop-motion looks cool), but the trailer didn't really impress me. I might give it a pass. On the other hand, both Frozen and Peabody & Sherman keep looking better and better, and it's great to see something new from both films! Can't wait for both of them!

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    1. If you ask me, I was never a fan of DreamWorks' stuff. They mass-produce movies for the kiddies with pop-culture references that will likely be outdated in 5 years (at least that's my take on them anyway). I don't think Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be any different than anything else by the studio. I do agree with you on Frozen though, I really want to see that when it comes out. Disney's getting better and better with their CG work.

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  3. Aladdin would have made a prefect release for Fall 2014. Unfortunately, that's no longer the case as Sleeping Beauty has taken up the slot, which I believe was a mistake since it already came out on Blu-ray back in 2008 while Aladdin and 101 Dalmatians haven't ye debuted on Blu-ray in the US. What's taking Disney so long to release Aladdin on Blu-ray?

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