Monday, December 26, 2016

Already Gearing Up: 'The Star' Logo and Website Revealed

Sony Animation's The Star isn't out till the next holiday season, but on Christmas Day, they already got the ball rolling...

The Star looks and sounds like a sort of modern-day Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey / The Small One, an animated take on the familiar Nativity story with the protagonist being the donkey. Originally, this film was going to be about a lamb, and was actually called The Lamb. Timothy Reckart, director of the acclaimed short Head over Heels, will helm the picture.

We have a new logo for the movie...

The recently-launched website reveals that Sony Animation is partnering up with Walden Media (best known for Holes and the Narnia films) to do this film, and will also bill it as a picture from their Christian film label Affirm Films. Cast announcements are supposed to come soon, says Patheos. A new plot synopsis has been released as well...

"In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas."

Sounds kind of like a combination of the usual animated critter romp and something more interesting. This sits cheek-and-jowl with two other Sony Animation films next year, both of which couldn't be anymore different: Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Emoji Movie. This film certainly excites me more than those two, but will it be a surprisingly good retelling of this story? Or will it be a forgettable matinee? Who knows.

What say you?

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