Monday, July 21, 2014

Filling Up

Paramount certainly had to do something about their animation situation years ago. The deal with DreamWorks was set to end in 2012 with the release of Rise of the Guardians, and it did. Once Paramount learned that DreamWorks would no longer be producing films for them to distribute, they needed another studio… So they started their own!

Paramount Animation's first film isn't out until February 6, 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water. All we have seen is a poster showing a weird-looking CGI SpongeBob. It has been reported that the underwater portions will be done in traditional animation, so it'll be a hybrid and the first major release animated film to contain a lot of hand-drawn sequences since 2011's Winnie the Pooh. Let that sink in for a moment…

After that comes an animation/live action hybrid called Monster Trucks on May 29, 2015. A project we know next to nothing about, other than a vague plot synopsis. But Chris Wedge is directing, and the script will be penned by the likes of Derek Connelly, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Other projects in development include Beastlies, which will apparently be handled by J.J. Abrams. Another one is The New Kid, based on a webcomic where a boy who goes to a school in outer space. Paperman director John Kahrs has a project called Shedd in the works.

The studio chooses to be super-secretive about their projects. Heck, we don't even have a plot for the SpongeBob sequel! I also wonder, will these projects be fresh and new? They seem to be, considering the talents attached and whatnot. Also, there's another Paramount started this animation studio…

A little movie released three years ago, an experimental one at that. One that I champion quite frequently…

By green lighting, giving $135 million to, and releasing a film like this, Paramount took one hell of a risk and it may not have doubled that budget but Paramount was reportedly very proud of it. The fact that it was able to do as well as it did was astounding, and it made me hope we would get more films like it.

So now, Paramount Animation will be providing original, fresh projects for the distributor alongside Nickelodeon-based content. Projects based on The Legend of Korra and other shows are supposedly lined up, so that's another end. They also have the Tintin sequel on the docket as well, which according to what I've heard, should arrive no earlier than 2017. But now they're going to have another end that'll bring in the bucks…

They are now bringing Spanish animated features to the states and around the world!

The films in question are from the director of a film called Tad, the Lost Explorer, which apparently made a major splash in its home country two years ago. Paramount intends to distribute its sequel along with a film called Capture the Flag. That film takes place during the space race of the 60s (perfect timing, because of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing), it's about a group of friends and a lizard who team up to stop a billionaire who wants to destroy all evidence of the moon landing while also obtaining an energy source called "helium 3".

The sequel to Tad is set for a summer 2015 release, Capture the Flag is set for 2016. This is not surprising since Paramount also plans to release the French animated film The Little Prince in the states sometime next year. Though it is said to be distributed by their independent film branch Paramount Vantage, the film was featured at the Licensing Expo, so it implies to me that they want it to be a wide release. Will these Spanish films be wide releases as well?

(On a side note: When will see Paramount Animation's logo?)


  1. I really want a Wicked animated musical....

  2. Interesting that Rango was declared a success by Paramount, given that it didnt even double its budget.