14 items from 2014
Good morning everyone, Manuel here bringing some news on the animation front.Hot off the heels of the announcement that Disney Animation and Pixar Studios were getting their own presidents (Andrew Millstein and Jim Morris, respectively), it seemed appropriate to check in on both studios:
2014 marked the first year since 2005 when we didn’t get a new Pixar release. And while there’s been talk of the seemingly unstoppable studio faltering (with talks of yet another project changing directorial hands) they’re revving up the marketing push for 2015’s Inside Out, the latest from Up’s Pete Docter. The film, which follows five emotions in the mind of a young girl definitely has a plot description worthy of classic Pixar films. The voice cast alone should get you excited as we'll get Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, Phyllis Smith as Sadness and more importantly: Amy Poehler as Joy! »
- Manuel Betancourt
Zootopia is set to be released on November 3rd, 2016. The movie is being directed by Byron Howard (Tangled), and it follows a fast-talking fox who dreams of making it big. The two main characters in the film are Nick Wilde, who is a fox, and Lt. Judy Hopps, a rabbit. They begin as natural enemies, but eventually become friends, and possibly more by the end of the story. You can read more about the film here.
Moana will be released on November 23rd, 2016. This movie is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The story for this one is set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, and this is the plot summary:
“Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, »
- Joey Paur
In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, »
- Gary Collinson
With Big Hero 6 opening to big numbers in the Us over the weekend, the current winning strike of Walt Disney Animation Studios has continued. It's unlikely that Big Hero 6 will do Frozen numbers, but it's still set to be a big hit. And, to be fair, it's going to be a while before any animated film does Frozen numbers again.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, however, won't have a new film in cinemas in 2015, its first year without a new release since 2006. The studio has announced the dates for its next two features after Big Hero 6, and both of them are set to land in 2016.
Disney Animation Studios is on a roll with Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and now Big Hero 6, but they'll be sitting out 2015. The good news is that they have two films on tap for 2016: Zootopia and Moana. As we previously reported, Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016, and now Disney has announced that Moana is set for November 23, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more about both films. Zootopia will currently share its weekend with Tim Burton's Peregrine's Home for Peculiars while Moana has the Thanksgiving weekend all to itself, although it will still have to deal with the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be in its second week of release. It's been over a year since we heard anything about Zootopia, which will be directed by Tangled co-direct Byron Howard. Here's the brief official synopsis: In the animal city of Zootopia, »
- Matt Goldberg
Disney Animation just ruled the weekend thanks to Baymax and Big Hero 6, and now it is looking forward to 2016, setting dates for two animated films. On March 4, 2016, the studio will launch Zootopia, which takes place in a world full of anthropomorphic animals and is about a rabbit cop and a fox accused of a crime. At the D23 Expo in 2013, Disney revealed that Zootopia has neighborhoods like Tundratown, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta, and Burrowborough, and is hope to The Wall Street Gerbil. "One of the key concepts is if you squint at any frame of film you might think »
- Esther Zuckerman
What better way to celebrate the success of Big Hero 6 than to peg down the release dates for a pair of all-new IPs, right? Well, that’s exactly what Disney Animation Studios has done today, after the company dated two of its upcoming animated adventures, Zootopia and a maritime adventure known as Moana.
The former — which follows a quick witted fox in the titular animal city — will now release on March 4th, 2016, while the latter will set sail on November 23rd, 2016. Both animations will also be released in 3D.
While we’re still a ways away from seeing each film on the silver screen, we understand that Zootopia will be directed by Byron Howard (Tangled), with Jared Bush on script duties. Essentially, Disney’s first animation for 2016 will orbit around Nick Wilde (that aforementioned fast-talking fox) as he goes on the run after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. »
- Michael Briers
Moana was given a November 23, 2016 release date, which doesn't have any direct competition at this time, but it will come just five days before Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18, 2016.
Moana was first announced last month, which follows the title character, a teenager who goes on a quest to fulfill her ancestors' destiny. She teams up with her hero, a demi-god named Maui to explore the South Pacific. Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are attached to direct.
Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016, where it will go up against 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Disney first announced the project back in August 2013, which is set in the animal city Zootopia and »
On the heels of the successful opening on Big Hero 6, Disney Animation Studios announced 2016 release dates for two of its upcoming animated films, Zootopia and Moana. Zootopia, which follows a fast-talking fox who dreams of making it big will hit theaters on March 4, 2016 in 3D while Moana, centering on a Polynesian teen, will open on Nov. 23, 2016 in 3D. Tangled helmer Byron Howard is directing Zootopia film from a script by Jared Bush. The film is opening against Fox’s Ya adaptation Peregrine's Home for Peculiars. Directed by the filmmaking team of Ron Clements and
- Rebecca Ford
With Big Hero 6 going great guns at the American box office, it’s almost surprising to learn that Disney – or at least, Disney Feature Animation – is taking 2015 off (though the company is making room for two movies from sister studio Pixar). Still, 2016 promises not one but two films from the Mouse House’s team with the already announced Moana and now Zootopia.Admittedly, both films have technically been unveiled – news of Little Mermaid duo Ron Clements and John Musker working on Moana arrived late last month and Zootopia’s existence was announced back at last year’s D23 event. But now we know when they’ll be arriving, at least in the Us (UK dates for Disney ‘toons often tend to be set later: we won’t get Big Hero 6 until January 30).Zootopia, which comes from Tangled director Byron Howard, is described as a buddy-comedy-meets-conspiracy-thriller set in a world entirely populated by animals. »
Once Walt Disney Animation Studios is done with its now completed Big Hero 6 - which we don't get in the UK until January 2015 - its next project is Zootopia. Zootopia is being directed by Byron Howard, co-helmer of Bolt and Tangled, and it's about a fox who goes on the run when he's framed for a crime that he didn't commit. On his tail is the top detective in Zootopia, a rabbit by the name of Lt Judy Hopps.
Zootopia is currently targeted for release in March 2016, and it'll be the 55th in the official line of Disney animated films. Number 56? Glad you asked. That one's just been formally announced.
It goes by the name of Moana, who is set to be Disney's next Princess, albeit a slightly different one. »
With the release of Big Hero 6 right around the corner, Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed plans for Moana, the studio’s upcoming maritime adventure that is due to release in the latter stages of 2016.
We’re thrilled to announce Moana, our 56th animated feature film coming to theatres late 2016! pic.twitter.com/S8x1KkJwYh
— Disney Animation ●—● (@DisneyAnimation) October 20, 2014
While details are still scarce on the ground, Disney has confirmed that the CG-animated flick will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker — the revered filmmaking duo behind classics such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Frog and the Princess. In tandem with today’s news, the creative pair offered a brief snippet of Moana and the film’s unique selling point.
- Michael Briers
While there has been much talk recently about additional "Frozen" sequels, there's been hardly any talk of a sequel to Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," the animated film that came in between princess blockbusters "Tangled" and "Frozen." Apparently someone has been talking about it, though. In an interview with Collider, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier's" super composer Henry Jackman let slip that he believes Disney is working on a follow-up to their video game-inspired hit "Wreck-It Ralph." I'm gonna wreck it!
When Collider asked if Jackman had heard anything about a sequel to the film, which starred John C. Reilly as the titular bad guy and star of a "Donkey Kong"-style game who goes on a quest to become a hero, Jackman surprisingly said that, yes, he had heard about something going on (although he's pretty fuzzy about the particulars).
"I did, to be honest with you. I can't tell you more, »
- Drew Taylor
Disney's take on Rapunzel is our critic's family favourite – even if the children have outgrown it
There comes a time in every man's life when he needs to grow up, settle down and leave childish pursuits behind. I reached this stage belatedly, in my mid-30s, and have since securely set up shop. Behold this shining example of middle-aged manhood, this imposing bulwark of macho respectability. I now sit on a couch, invariably wearing sweatpants, watching films about cartoon frogs and Disney princesses.
I'm blaming parenthood; that's the easiest excuse. Parenthood has a lot to answer for. It warps your taste and alters your viewing habits and forces you into close textual analysis of films with titles such as Barbie and the Diamond Castle, or Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, to the point where you actually start to be engrossed by them. »
- Xan Brooks
14 items from 2014
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