GKIDS (producer and distributor of animated features for adults and family audiences), Annecy International Animation Film Festival (the world’s leading animation Festival and Market) and Variety magazine have announced the launch of Animation Is Film – and annual animation film festival in Los Angeles.
The first edition will run October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood (Mann’s Chinese Theater) with a showcase of 20 programs including feature films in competition, special presentations, retrospectives and short film programs.
One of my fondest and earliest movie going memories is seeing the movie Race For Your Life Charlie Brown. I’m kind of a purist when it comes to animation, I prefer hand drawn to computer animation. I know it’s not popular to say but I find modern films from the likes of Pixar, Dreamworks, etc. to be technically brilliant, but also cold and too “perfect,” or “clean.” I brought out my pitchfork when I heard that they were going to bastardize yet another treasured thing from my childhood. My faith in movie making has been restored! The Peanuts Movie is everything that I hoped it would be.
Paul Grimault’s THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD, written by Grimault and legendary poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, will be released by Rialto Pictures in a new restoration from Studiocanal, following its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival in October. Theatrical release is slated for Friday, November 21, when it will open at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, followed by a Los Angeles (Laemmle Theatres , December 19) and national rollout.
Moana, ‘a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest, is scheduled to be the late winter, 2016, release from the Walt Disney animation Studios.
Rod Clements and John Musker – of Aladdian and The Princess and the Frog – are directing the project about Moana, a born navigator who sets sail in search of a legendary island.
Making its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival June 10, 2014, is “Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short will open in theatres in front of WDAS’ new action-packed, big-screen adventure "Big Hero 6" on Nov. 7, 2014. Check out the first look key art following the jump.
Maybe it’s because I went into The Nut Job with high hopes and low expectations, but for me, the squirrely 3D animated comedy did a pretty good job of expanding Peter Lepeniotis’ hilarious short, Surly Squirrel into a feature-length film.
Attendees at Star Wars celebration Europe 2013 got the first look at the logo (above) and a couple of pieces of concept art for the new Lucasfilm animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Disney channel as a one-hour special, then be followed by a series on Disney XD Channels around the world.
Follow the jump for that concept art and the official press release.
A few months back, we posted a piece about a Kickstarter project by Zenescope Entertainment, seeking funding to produce a pilot for an animated series based on their comics series Grimm Fairy Tales. It might not be Veronica Mars, but Zenescope and Kickstarter did raise the funds for their pilot and have produced it.
The official press release and the first three minutes of the Grimm Fairy Tales pilot follow the jump. The pilot features by voice work by Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Dredd), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Alcatraz), Laraine Newman (WALL*E, Fairly Oddparents, SNL), and Chris Hardwicke (Talking Dead, The Nerdist). It is definitely not a kiddies’ show. Just sayin’…
They both love The Simpsons but that’s just an obvious pick. So Aaron Fink champions The Venture Brothers and David Freedman desperately wants to re-animate Drawn Together. What are your favorite animation “Hidden Gems”?
THE VENTURE BROS
Created and Produced by Christopher McCulloch.
Starring Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak and Michael Sinterniklaas.
Created and Produced by Matthew Silverstein, and Dave Jeser.
Starring Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Abbey McBride, Jack Plotnick, Tara Strong, and Cree Summer.
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to their home in the Big Apple. But they must first go to Monte Carlo to track down the pesky penguins. Together with their friends, they navigate Europe as a travelling circus.
Starring Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chris Rock and David Schwimmer.
Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon.
Written by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach.
Produced by Mark Swift and Mireille Soria.
Genre: Animated Comedy. Check out all our reviews at www.justseenit.com
Discover the origin of the Green Lantern Corps in the all-new DC Universe animated original movie now available from Warner Home Video. The origins of the ultimate intergalactic police force are revealed across six interlocking tales of the legendary Green Lantern Corps in the all-new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Building up to the release of the highly anticipated live action film, Green Lantern, in theatres June 17, Emerald Knightsarrived on Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Thanks to the fine folks at Warner Home Video, we have all the info you need on this anticipated release.