Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bits Journal #20


This came a little earlier than expected (tonight's my last night in Disney, not sure when I'll go back), but here are some thoughts on recent news, events and such…

Guardians of the Galaxy stands tall with awesome critical reception, it wears a fine 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Others are saying it's in their top 3 MCU movies… I have to wait till Tuesday to see it. It's also projected to open with more than $65 million… Just as I had predicted! And pretty much everyone else too, didn't we all see Thor/Captain America numbers for this film?


Kevin Feige has also been talking, implying that Avengers 3 will be Marvel's 5/4/2018 release. I was hoping it would be the 5/3/2019 release, giving Marvel more than enough time to make solo films based on Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Black Window, et al. But if Avengers 3 is indeed going to be that 5/4/2018 release (Marvel, you could say, was lucky that Sony gave up that spot.), and since Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn't the film that will lead into it (it's Marvel's 7/28/2017 release, as confirmed at Comic-Con, and they have one more film before their 5/4/2018 release - that's slated for 11/3/2017), what could happen?

Well, since we all know that Doctor Strange is the 7/8/2016 release, 5/5/2017 could possibly go to Thor 3 if Marvel wants to kick off that year with a big threequel. (Seems logical, considering that Iron Man 3 came out 5/3/2013 and Captain America 3 will debut 5/6/2016) Phase 3 has two solo/originals right now: Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Could they maybe squeeze in Black Panther or Ms. Marvel? Well, I'm leaning on Ms. Marvel because Carol Danvers will apparently be in Avengers: Age of Ultron based on recent reports and speculation, so I'm guessing Ms. Marvel will be the third non-sequel to be part of Phase 3. So…

Ms. Marvel - 5/5/2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - 7/28/2017
Thor 3 - 11/3/2017
The Avengers 3 - 5/4/2018

Black Panther and the like will have to wait for their introductions in this scenario, unless they appear in some form before Avengers 3 comes out. The plot thickens, as always with Marvel Studios…


Also, LAIKA's CEO Travis Knight made a comment during the BoxTrolls Comic-Con panel. Something along the lines of, "There are no farts, this ain't DreamWorks." I figured I'd comment on all of this, I think it was rude of Knight to even go as far as saying such a thing. Of course, animators and animation fans expressed dismay at this condescending and unnecessary potshot at DreamWorks, whose recent films (barring Mr. Peabody & Sherman's Sphynx butt joke) have almost nary a toilet joke in them and a lot of these said films are actually pretty damn good! (Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, anyone?) ParaNorman also had some potty humor, so what is he talking about? This isn't the first time people associated with LAIKA came off that way, ParaNorman's directing duo made unnecessary jabs at Pixar a couple years back and threw other studios under the bus as well. Shame on the three of them, they ought to respect their fellow artists… Or, watch their films before they can go and make generalizations like that.

But on the bright side, LAIKA wants to make a hand-drawn animated film. Will this be the ticket to the return of traditional animated features? Hopefully, for LAIKA doesn't spend as much as the heavy-hitters do, so who knows… But hey, a feature-length traditionally animated film! Wonder if that'll be their next one after The BoxTrolls, maybe that Wildwood film or Goblins will be it.


One of the big winners of Comic-Con was definitely Legendary Pictures. Despite their track record, it's great that they're a studio that will make what the Internet calls "fanboy films". I mean, where else would you get the likes of Pacific Rim and such? Remember that untitled "event" film that they had planned for 11/4/2016? Well, it's been revealed - it's a King Kong film titled Skull Island, which will apparently be an origin story. It's also possible that Edgar Wright's collaborator Joe Cornish will direct it. Whether it's connected to Peter Jackson's underrated 2005 King Kong or not, I don't know. If it is, I'll certainly be pleased, but I'm glad that we're getting more giant monster movies.

And since Godzilla and Pacific Rim are Legendary films, does that mean…

Wait for it…

A giant monsters shared universe?

Ohhhh one could dream! If done right, it could be wickedly awesome. (Leave out Jackson's Kong if that's the case.) On the other hand, not everything needs to be a shared universe, and I don't want the studio doing it just because Marvel struck gold with this way of moviemaking. The other superhero movie makers in my opinion are currently fumbling with their "shared universes" (*cough* WB/DC and Sony *cough*), so I am a bit skeptical. Universal also wants to do a classic Universal monsters (i.e. The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, etc.) shared universe, which 2016's The Mummy will really kick off. (This year's Dracula Untold will also be a part of it.) After going through some directors, The Mummy has landed Alex Kurtzman as its director, and he will be that series' architect alongside Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious movies). Well, Kurtzman's track record is spotty and Morgan scored with the recent Fast & Furious films, so I have no idea if the duo will be able to pull this all off or not…

Yes, now we're in the age of shared universes. Marvel Studios did it and did it right, now we have Warner Bros. responding with DC, Universal with classic horror monsters and maybe Universal/Legendary with giant monsters. Imagine that! I love Pacific Rim, I loved Godzilla and I highly anticipate both this new Kong and Pacific Rim. More kaiju!

And now some smaller bits…

The trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water (Paramount Animation's debut film) is also finally here, and I'll admit, it actually looks kind of fun. I also don't mind the CGI versions of the characters either.


Christopher Walken has been cast as King Louie in Disney's live action Jungle Book, which will be coming out October 9, 2015. The film is directed by Jon Favreau, and because of that and a few other things, it was the only live action "remake" of a Disney animated classic that I was looking forward to. But apparently Disney won't be doing a fresh new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's stories, instead they are just going to remake the Walt film, because King Louie certainly wasn't in the books. My interest has sunk…

Warner Home Video still can't seem to release Tom & Jerry Golden Collection Volume Two. I wasn't able to tune into Stu's Show last night (Jerry Beck appeared and talked about it yet again), but apparently the higher ups are still preventing its release for some reason. Not sure if it's over those two shorts that they want off of the set at all costs, or something else, but one thing's for certain… Getting the truncated set alone is going to be a hassle. *facepalm*

Makes me wish that the Tom & Jerry library was licensed to a company like Shout! Factory or something. Warner Bros.' legal department doesn't deserve to have this stuff at their fingertips.

2 comments:

  1. i fear for Laika. theyre trying their best to be creative and non-mainstream, but that's box office suicide. they need a huge corporate that believes in them to actually help them. stop motion AND hand drawn? 2 of the most beautiful, creative, and non-mainstream medium right now? hope theyre ok...

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  2. I have to agree with you on the comments those people at Laika made, they ought to be ashamed of themselves! Taking pot-shots at studios like Pixar are the main reason their movies do better at the box-office while Laika only has moderate profits with their work. Their arrogance is horrifying. I would never take pot shots at my competition if I ran an animation studio, especially one that does stop-motion. I was going to see The BoxTrolls in September, but that ship has sailed since Laika exposed themselves for the elitists they are.

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