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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.
There's a lot of Star Wars fan films out there, so it takes some pretty impressive work in order for people to turn their heads and actually check one out every now and then. Well, it looks like animator Paul Johnson's anime short TIE Fighter is one of those films. Johnson has spent the last four years making this short film that takes a look at a space battle from the point-of-view of the Galactic Empire, making some of the pilots in the iconic ships actual characters as opposed to just faceless soldiers. As someone who's not really a fan of anime (I don't dislike it, just not my thing), this is still an impressive piece of work.
Every year at the Academy Awards, there are always a number of delightful surprises in the Shorts sections – between both animation and live-action. While I do love Patrick Osborne's Feast, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short, the other four nominees are just as worthy. One of those other nominees is a short called The Dam Keeper, made by two former Pixar employees (Robert Kondo & Daisuke Tsutsumi) who started their own studio called Tonko House. While their animated short didn't win, it is still worth watching, and the good news is that the characters have been given a chance to continue beyond the short. Tonko has licensed rights to make two graphic novels at First Second, and expand the story into a feature.
Last fall brought some test footage from Sony Pictures Animation's adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye. "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky has been attached to this film since 2012, and it's been expected in theaters sometime in 2016. But now it sounds like the film might be in trouble as Tartakovsky has delivered some bad news. It sounds like the Tartakovsky isn't working on the film anymore, as he spoke with Moviefone on the status of the project and revealed that due to some changes at the studio itself, they may not be interested in the kind of Popeye he wanted to make.
Even though co-directors Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck recently revealed they have no idea what to do for a sequel to their hit animated musical Frozen, that's not stopping Disney from officially announcing Frozen 2. Hot on the heels of news of the release for Star Wars: Episode VIII and the title of the first Star Wars spin-off, Disney also made development of the sequel official when Disney CEO Bob Iger, John Lasseter and the film's co-star Josh Gad announced the news at a shareholders meeting today. However, at this point, there's no word on a release date, story or anything like that; Disney is creating early hype. Read on!
We've still got a couple years before Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 16th, 2017, but since animated movies require a lot of hard work over a long period of time, Pixar Animation is moving right along on crafting the feature film. When the project was announced last fall, the original film's director and Pixar COO John Lasseter was revealed to direct, but now the animation powerhouse has announced that Inside Out head of story Josh Cooley will join Lasseter as co-director on the sequel. Cooley started from the bottom as an intern in the story department on Cars, and look where he's at now. That's pretty amazing.
Since The Wolf Pack from The Hangover franchise isn't meant for children at all, parents will want to take their kids to see what is being dubbed "The Drac Pack" in the teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, the animated sequel from Sony Pictures Animation. Adam Sandler is back as Dracula, and in this teaser, he's teaching his half-human, half-vampire grandson how to fly by dropping him from a pretty big height. I wasn't in love with the first film in this series, but this teaser trailer is pretty amusing, especially when Frank (Kevin James) catches on fire. No sign of Mel Brooks as Drac's father Vlad yet though. Watch!
"I loved you in Fairy Dream Adventure Part 7." This summer brings Pixar Animation's latest feature film, Inside Out, and now the full theatrical trailer for the adventure inside the mind has been unveiled. Finally we get a sense of the story we're dealing with here as a little accident finds Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) trying to fix a problem with Riley's emotions and memories as she adjusts to life in San Francisco. Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) are left trying to keep things in order, but it's not easy. This looks absolutely wonderful, imaginative with Pixar at its best. Watch!
It's rare we get to feature some stunning hand-drawn animation, so anytime we get the opportunity it's always an exciting moment. Thanks to a tip from our friends at FSR, there's a brand new trailer out for Bill Plympton's animated film Cheatin'. It was actually finished back in 2013, but has been taking its sweet time to get released and is finally hitting theaters/VOD starting in April. The film, which runs 76 minutes in total, is about a couple named Jake and Ella who meet in a "fateful bumper car collision", end up married as the most romantic couple ever until another woman gets in the way and causes some "cheatin'". This looks like an emotional take on a story we've all seen before, but the animation is what makes it so special. Enjoy.
If you're one of those Frozen fans who is excited to see a sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios, you may want to sit down. While there have been rumblings of Frozen 2 from Idina Menzel, one of the film's stars, co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck currently have no idea what to do about a sequel. Speaking with BuzzFeed, the duo have confirmed that there is not yet a sequel in the works. There's no script, no development and not even an idea. Addressing the rampant rumors, Buck said, "It’s been in the press that we are doing it, and we would ask each other, 'Are we?'" Well, that doesn't sound very promising.
We've still got about eight months to wait until we see The Peanuts Movie hit the big screen, but that's not stopping 20th Century Fox from teasing the first big screen outing for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang with some new character posters. What's interesting, is it seems like Fox has noticed that audiences aren't quite as familiar with the Peanuts moniker as they are with Snoopy and Charlie Brown since their names have been made much bigger than the actual title of the film itself on these posters. It certainly seems like the marketing will play up the well-known characters more than the comic strip title.
The wild and wacky journeys of Finn and Jake are heading to the big screen. Deadline has word that Cartoon Network's hit animated series Adventure Time is being developed by the channel's sister company Warner Bros. Pictures for a feature film adaptation. The LEGO Movie co-director and producer Chris McKay and Roy Lee are producing the film, so it's bound to be great. For those who don't know, the series follows a 12-year old boy named Finn and his talking dog best friend Jake who go on endless quests to protect their beloved Land of Ooo, usually from the Ice King who is searching for his Princess Bubblegum.