Monday, January 9, 2017

Road Trip Detours: Open Road Shuffles Animation Slate

Sometimes, even the smaller folk do some shifting in animation-land...

Open Road Films is the distributor of ToonBox Entertainment's films, scoring a modest success with The Nut Job some two years ago around this time. The Nut Job 2 was originally set to open in January of last year, but it ended up being pushed to this coming May... Well, it has been pushed again, even though a trailer for this thing is ready.

The new date is August 18, 2017.

The distributor is also handling the feature Blazing Samurai, a family-friendly cats-and-dogs in feudal Japan story inspired by Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks is involved, too!), and that was originally set for August 4th of this year. The same day as Sony Animation's *gag* Emoji Movie. That is now without a concrete release date, but fear not! It isn't in the "to be determined" black hole. Now, it's expected to hit some time in 2018.

ToonBox's other upcoming, completed film Spark is currently set to open on April 14th... Just about a full year after its screening at a festival in Toronto. It has not moved, though I think it should take advantage of the space The Nut Job 2 left vacant. Not like it's going to be a big blockbuster to begin with, might as well move it away from The Boss Baby (opening 3/31) and Smurfs: The Lost Village (opening 4/7), give it a little breathing room. Not saying animated films cannibalize each other, but I think for best possible results, it should get a new date.

Anyways, I hope all works out for Blazing Samurai. One of the companies behind it - Arc Productions  - went bankrupt, but said company got bought by Jam Filled Toronto, so it's still a go as far as I'm concerned.

What say you?

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