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7 items from 2014


‘The Jungle Book’ and Racism in Disney’s Animated Features

10 February 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The release of The Jungle Book on Blu-ray today has become, as when Saving Mr. Banks was unveiled a couple months ago, an unplanned forum on a most thorny issue for the Disney uber-fan: was Walt Disney a racist/sexist/anti-Semite, and if so, was he a super-racist/sexist/anti-Semite, or just your average, garden-variety racist/sexist/anti-Semite? Even though the 1967 animated film based loosely on a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling opened months after Disney passed away, this was the last film on which he had any serious impact. And, since Meryl Streep chose to make her speech applauding Emma Thompson for her performance as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks as much about exactly how bad a man Walt Disney was, the issue of his true personal feelings–whatever those may have been–and whether or not they crept into the films he made has become unavoidable as of late. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Director John Kahrs Set to Direct Paramount Animation's Shedd

23 January 2014 7:37 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures has hired Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Kahrs to direct their upcoming animated mystery Shedd.

Plot details are being held under wraps, but the film is based on an original idea by Paramount's Film Group president Adam Goodman. John Kahrs will be directing from a script by Tripper Clancy. The director previously helmed Disney's Paperman, which won him an Oscar.

Paramount has been expanding their internal animated division after its distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation came to an end. Their first project will be the Nickelodeon sequel The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2. That film will hit theaters February 3rd 2015.

John Kahrs previously worked as an animator on Disney's The Incredibles, Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Ratatouille. No production schedule has been released.

Shedd comes to theaters in 2015. The film is directed by John Kahrs. »

- MovieWeb

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John Kahrs to direct 'Shedd'

23 January 2014 4:04 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, Jan 23: Oscar-winning director John Kahrs has been called on board to direct Paramount Pictures' "Shedd".

Tripper Clancy will pen the script of the movie, based on an original idea from Paramount's Film Group president Adam Goodman, who oversees the animation division, reports variety.com.

Kahrs' credits as animator include "The Incredibles", "Bolt", "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Ratatouille".

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- Anita Agarwal

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"Assassin's Creed," "Shedd" Get Directors

22 January 2014 9:46 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House," "Easy Money") is reportedly being sought to direct the upcoming film adaptation of the "Assassin's Creed" video game series at 20th Century Fox.

Michael Fassbender is attached to star in and produce the film which is currently scheduled for 2015 release.

Meanwhile, Oscar winner John Kahrs ("Paperman") is tipped to direct "Shedd" for Paramount Pictures' animation division.

Tripper Clancy is writing the script based on an original idea by Adam Goodman. The storyline is being kept under wraps.

Sources: Twitchfilm & Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Paramount Animation Taps ‘Paperman’s’ John Kahrs to Direct ‘Shedd’ (Exclusive)

22 January 2014 5:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures’ fledgling animation division has tapped Oscar winner John Kahrs to direct “Shedd.”

Tripper Clancy is writing the script, which is based on an original idea from Paramount’s Film Group president Adam Goodman, who oversees the animation division. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.

Kahrs received the Oscar last year for the Disney animated short “Paperman.”

Paramount revved up its internal toon production operation in 2012 as it prepped for the end of its distribution pact with DreamWorks Animation, which has since signed its output deal with Fox. The division’s first title is a sequel to  Nickelodeon’s 2004 toon “SpongeBob SquarePants” with a release set for Feb. 3, 2015.

Kahrs’ credits as animator include “The Incredibles,” “Bolt,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ratatouille.”

Clancy recently sold buddy-comedy pitch “Winter Break” to Bill Block’s Qed International, and his road-trip comedy “Ambassadors” is set up at Fox with Danny Boon attached to direct. »

- Dave McNary

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Paperman Director John Kahrs Builds Shedd

22 January 2014 11:52 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Given the success of other studios’ in-house animation departments, it’s no surprise to see Paramount trying to launch its own version, and planning to bring in with some proven talent. The company has hired Oscar-winning Paperman director John Kahrs to make Shedd.Luring Kahrs away from Disney/Pixar, where he’s worked on the likes of The Incredibles, Bolt and Ratatouille, is a big score for Paramount, especially as we’re sure the Mouse House would want to hang on to someone who has gone on to Oscar victory with one of the loveliest shorts produced by the company.Still, he’s off to pastures new, and will work on a script from Tripper Clancy, which in turn is based on an idea by Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. And what is that idea? Sadly, Paramount is keeping that one in their private idea shed for now, refusing »

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Paperman Helmer John Kahrs to Direct Paramount Animation's Shedd

22 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

John Kahrs, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Walt Disney Pictures' short film "Paperman," is set to direct a mysterious animated feature from Paramount Pictures titled Shedd . Details on Shedd are virtually nill, but it is said to be based on an original idea by Adam Goodman and will feature a script by Tripper Clancy. Founded in 2011, Paramount Animation was born out of the success of Gore Verbinski's Rango and the end of the studio's contract with DreamWorks Animation. SpongeBob SquarePants 2 will be the first Paramount Animation-branded feature when it hits the big screen on February 13, 2015. Also in development is Monster Trucks , currently set for release on May 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com) »

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