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About one month ago, we featured a beautiful international trailer for an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a big screen version of the collection of prose and poems known around the world. Now another gorgeous domestic trailer for the film featuring several different kinds of animation has arrived, all connected by an artist (Liam Neeson), his housekeeper (Salma Hayek), and her daughter (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis). This looks like it'll be a nice break from the blockbuster action extravaganzas late this summer, with wonderful animation to stimulate your eyes and your mind. There's also supposed to be some great new music from Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Yo-Yo Ma. Watch below!
Yay Pixar! The animation studio has unveiled a first look at fun some concept art from the new short film Sanjay's Super Team, which is showing in front of The Good Dinosaur in theaters later this November. The short will premiere officially at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, which is why they're drumming up some buzz with some good publicity. This story comes from the LA Times, and profiles Sanjay Patel, an artist at Pixar who graduated to director with his short film that is inspired by his own youth, and The Avengers (perfect timing!). I wish we got to see them as they appear in this (does this count as Pixar's first Marvel short film?), alas this is just him eating cereal. See Sanjay's concept art below.
Back in 2008, there was a live-action feature film adaptation of Will Eisner's celebrated comic The Spirit. Graphic novel writer Frank Miller directed the film in the same style as the big screen adaptation of Sin City, but the film was an absolute mess, and it has been panned by critics and fans alike. But did you know that we almost got a completely different adaptation of The Spirit in the 1980s? Space Jam animation producer Steven Paul Leiva just posted a pencil test trailer for what would have been an animated adaptation of The Spirit from director Brad Bird and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, and it looks awesome. Watch!
Fans of Spider-Man already had their dreams come true when Sony Pictures struck a deal to have Marvel Studios share the wallcrawling superhero so the character can exist in the Marvel cinematic universe and share the screen with The Avengers. But now it looks like they're going to get even more webslinging fun for the big screen as Sony officially announced today that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are working on the first animated big screen Spider-Man movie. Tom Rothman, the new chairman of Sony Pictures, made the major announcement at CinemaCon today with some details.
Last winter, we featured an international teaser trailer for the animated adaptation of the classic 1943 tale The Little Prince. The film hails from France as the most expensive animated feature every produced in the country ($80 million), and the combination of wonderful 3D computer animation and beautiful stop-motion animation makes for quite the magical pairing for this story of a curious, magical prince and his interplanetary adventures. In this version (dubbed with English), the story is framed by an aviator narrator (Jeff Bridges) telling the prince's tale to his neighbor's busy little girl (Mackenzie Foy). Watch!
Briefly: Last fall, Warner Bros. Pictures jostled around the dates for The LEGO Movie Sequel as well as the spin-offs Ninjago and LEGO Batman, but now they've been shaken up yet again. The biggest change is that Ninjago has been pushed back a year to a September 22nd, 2017 release date. Meanwhile, LEGO Batman has been moved up to February 10th 2017, a few months earlier than the previous May release date, and The LEGO Movie Sequel has been bumped up by a week to a May 18th, 2018 release. That means we'll be waiting awhile before we get more LEGO action on the big screen but hopefully it'll be worth it.
"Promise me something - that we'll remain a secret, forever." GKids has released a new trailer for Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, the studio's last feature film for the time being that opened in Japan last year. From Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of Secret World of Arrietty, based on Joan G. Robinson's children's book, When Marnie Was There is a tender, beautiful ghost story of friendship and understanding. The English version of the film (which this is a trailer for) comes with voices from Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O’Hara, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez. I still recommend the Japanese version, but both will be available. I recently saw this film and it's quite charming, but not as fantastic as any of Ghibli's past work. Take a look.
Late last year, DreamWorks Animation decided to move the sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 from a late release this year, to a spring release in 2016. However, it sounds like the animation studio and their new distribution partner 20th Century Fox want to give it some more room to breathe away from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, because THR reports they've bumped it up a couple months to a release on January 29th, 2016. That's a terrible release month, but that means this movie should have no problem performing well at the box office, which is exactly what the struggling DreamWorks Animation needs now.
Over a year ago, we got word that Pixar Animation was officially planning to make The Incredibles 2 after over 10 years of waiting (so far). However, director Brad Bird has been busy with this summer's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, so there hasn't really been any update on the progress of the film. Well, that changed recently when Bird was asked about the sequel while appearing on NPR (via The Playlist) , and his update was short and sweet, "I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens." That likely means he's just now starting to focus on the film full time, but has been thinking about and working on the idea awhile.
There's undoubtedly a whole bunch of Star Wars coming our way, especially now that Disney has control over the Lucasfilm property. The studio has already unleashed an animated series on Disney XD called "Star Wars Rebels" and there's plans for a whole Star Wars world to invade Disney theme parks. But now some fans at Big Bee Studio have put together a trailer for an animated feature that would take the style of Pixar's Cars and Planes and apply it to the vehicles of Star Wars with a little project called X-Wings. I'm not gonna lie, this feels like something that would appeal to the young crowd of Star Wars fans. Watch!
"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life. Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more lend their animation expertise to the film that looks absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Watch!
Last year, director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) brought the ambitious live-action, animated hybrid film The Congress to the big screen, and now he's doing something else innovative with animation for his next project. Folman is currently working on an animated drama that tells the story of Anne Frank with a blend of stop-motion and traditional 2D animation. The filmmaker is using stop-motion backgrounds while the characters themselves are 2D animated. The film has been in production since last winter, and now we have some photos showing off the style of the film along with some behind the scenes shots. Look!
If you're a fan of the 1960s TV series adaptation of Batman, and you've been wanting to see Adam West and Burt Ward back in action as The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder, we've got good news. West and Ward will be back as Batman and Robin, but this time they'll be animated. Consequence of Sound (via SlashFilm) reports that the Mad Monster Party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina had a panel with Adam West and Burt Ward where they two stars of the original series revealed they'll be lending their voices to an animated feature film with the 60s versions of the DC Comics superheroes back in action. Read on!
If the live-action and computer animation hybrid adaptation of The Smurfs just didn't do anything for you, then you might be happy to hear that Sony Pictures Animation has a fully animated reboot on the way. We heard rumblings of this project last year, and at the time, the film was supposed to arrive sometime this year. However, Variety reports Sony has no set a release date for March 31st, 2017, with an eye towards being a popular film when Easter arrives on April 16th that year. This will be entirely animated, much more in tune with the original style of Peyo's artwork, something that was missing from the previous films.