Friday, April 28, 2017

Sony Bits: 'Animated Spider-Man' Moves, 'Angry Birds 2' Dated, 'Star' Characters...


Following the big slate announcements from Fox and Disney, Sony made... A tiny update to theirs...

That being said, one of the new moves is a smart one. Animated Spider-Man, which will be a unique take on the webhead featuring Miles Morales, was once set for December 21, 2018... Now it's opening a week earlier, and this is good because Warner Bros. recently moved their DCEU Aquaman to 12/21. Now, Spidey can have a weekend to breathe before the rush. It's not opening against a Star Wars movie, or Avatar 2.

Next... A date has been added for Rovio's Angry Birds Movie sequel: September 20, 2019. That's a week before DreamWorks' Everest, but no worries, the thing should cost around $75 million or so, and make its money back worldwide. The first movie only did fair business here anyways. Yes yes, I know, it isn't a Sony Pictures Animation film, but I figured I'd mention it anyways...

Speaking of lower-budget pictures, Sony Animation's The Star - a Faith-based collaboration with Cinesite Animation, Walden Media, Jim Henson Company, and a few others - is not that far away. Based on the Nativity scene, The Star is due out in November. Images of the characters, two of which were leaked during a Sony presentation a little while back, are now here along with some characters we haven't seen yet, as well as Mary and Joseph.



... and the animals...




Not bad. There's that quasi-painterly quality, and I'm sure the film itself will look fine on such a low budget. It's a smart move because I can't quite see this picture being a blockbuster or anything. Initially I assumed this thing would do pretty well, but more and more I realize that Sony Animation isn't positioning every feature of theirs to be a huge film. Certainly not the Illumination-like studio I thought they were, they don't overspend for a reason.

You'll have your Hotel Transylvania-types on one side, and films like these on the other. I reckon they won't be too upset with how Smurfs: The Lost Village ends up doing. Anyways, The Star is one of the more interesting projects on their slate, given that wide-release Faith-based animated movies aren't all that common these days. Whether it's a respectful new take on the first Christmas or not remains to be seen, but the character designs are nice so if anything, the lower budget could translate to a different kind of look.

What say you?

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