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Can you believe Lilo & Stitch is 15 years old? Walt Disney Feature Animation's instant classic surfed into theaters on June 21, 2002 and went on to earn $273.1 million at the global box office. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the family film featured the voice talents of Zoe Caldwell, Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three animated features produced primarily at Disney-mgm Studios in Walt Disney World near Orlando, after 1998's Mulan and before 2003's Brother Bear. The movie was so successful that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on »
Annecy, France – – Barcelona-based Grangel Studio will assume the character design on transmedia project “Dino Games,” set to be pitched Friday at an Annecy Mifa market Transmedia showcase, DinoGames director Carlos Fernández de Vigo (“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas”) announced at Annecy.
Founded by brothers Carlos and Jordi Grangel, this multimedia studio has worked on character design for movies such as Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Mark Osborne and John Stevenson’s “Kung Fu Panda” and Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s “Madagascar.”
Carlos Grangel took an Annie Prize for outstanding character sesign in an animated feature production for Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook’ “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” He has received other nominations for Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s “Corpse Bride” and Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenso and Rob Letterman’ “Shark Tale.”
“DinoGames” includes a 3D animated TV series, »
- Emilio Mayorga
Given how successful the franchise has been up to this point, it’s a bit surprising that it’s taken so damn long for How To Train Your Dragon 3 to get off the ground. Granted, animated films often do have long productions, but still, the last film flew into theatres in 2014 and the threequel isn’t set to arrive until 2019. That’s a five year gap, which is a long time for any series – animated or not.
Still, interest in the franchise remains high, and fans are eager for any and all tidbits they can get their hands on as the long wait continues. Thankfully, star Jay Baruchel recently offered an update while speaking on the JoBlo Movie Show podcast, revealing that he’s already begun work on it.
I’ve already done a number of recording sessions for that one. Once every 2-4 months I will work for »
- Mark Cassidy
Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017
Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?
If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.
Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.
The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different. »
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