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With both films on the horizon for a 2015 release, Sony Animation has released the first promo artwork for Hotel Transylvania 2 and Shaun the Sheep.
The former is of course the sequel to Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2012 original, which took over $350m. for the studio following its debut at Tiff last year.
Tartakovsky is currently hard at work on making Popeye for the studio, so he won’t be returning to the helm for the sequel, and his replacement hasn’t yet been announced. No official confirmation yet on who’ll be returning for the voice cast, but in all likelihood, especially looking at the artwork below, we can look forward to hearing Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and more.
Shaun the Sheep marks the feature debut of the eponymous character, with Aardman Animations producing the big screen adaptation of their popular TV series. Mark Burton (Madagascar) and Richard Starzack »
- Kenji Lloyd
We have the first promo art for two animated projects due in 2015: Hotel Transylvania 2 - Sony Pictures Animation's sequel to Genndy Tartakovsky's 2012 feature returns the hotel owned by Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) where monsters vacation when they need a break from humans. Shaun the Sheep - Aardman Animations---the studio behind Wallace & Gromit and The Pirates! Band of Misfits---will adapt its British stop-motion series Shaun the Sheep for the big screen. See the promo art after the jump. Hotel Transylvania 2 opens September 25, 2015. Shaun the Sheep is set for release overseas on March 20, 2015. Don't know the exact date in the States yet. In the spirit of the holiday season, check out the Shaun the Sheep short "We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas": »
- Brendan Bettinger
Sam Thorne reviews Samurai Jack Classics Vol. 1...
Jack is back! The hit TV show turned hit comic book returns in this collection of classic Samurai Jack stories. Kicking off with Jack’s origin story and continuing through the first of his Cartoon Network Action Pack tales, see Jack's first battle with Aku as the events that propel the entire series unfold! It's sword-swinging, fist-pumping, vengeance-getting action at its best.
As a tie in for Idw's brand new series featuring Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack, Idw are re-releasing several of the follow along comics from the original series in collected paperback. There's always an inherent limitation when making comics for a TV series, that you can't necessarily advance the plot in any way in risk of superseding the show. I had a fear that Samurai Jack Classics Vol. 1 would just be a disjointed collection of tales simply put together to replicate »
Sam Thorne reviews Idw's Samurai Jack #1...
'The legendary samurai known only as 'Jack' is stranded in a strange future ruled by the demonic wizard, Aku. His quest to return back to the past has tested him many times, but now the stakes are higher than ever. Can an ancient relic known as the rope of eons finally take him home?'
So it seems one of the most acclaimed animations of the 21st century finally has a comeback of sorts, after years of Genndy Tartakovsky promising a Samurai Jack movie that seems unlikely to arrive. Before reading Samurai Jack #1 I was perhaps a little sceptical at how the series would translate considering how high the bar was set by the animated series. That being said, I think Samurai Jack #1 delivers.
We start with Jack crossing the desert to find a wise old hermit living in a cave. He seeks help »
“Guess who?! Ha ha ha hah hah! Ha ha ha hah hah! Hahahahah!” Looks like another iconic cartoon character from Hollywood’s Golden Age is finally returning to the silver screen! He joins the ranks of Mickey Mouse in the theatrical short subject “Get a Horse’ that will be paired with Disney’s Frozen, the Loony Tunes Warner Brothers gang recently seen in the “I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat” short preceeding Happy Feet 2, and Popeye the Sailor Man (technically a comic strip star) in his very own CGI feature from director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) in production at Sony Pictures. Why it’s that fine feathered frantic fury, Woody Woodpecker! Animation reporter and historian Jerry Beck reported over at the website Indiewire that animator Bill Kopp (TV’s “Eek the Cat” and “Dan Vs.” amongst many credits) has been signed to bring that red-headed rascal back to theatres »
- Jim Batts
As consistently awful as the prequels were, they did leave one bright light for Star Wars fans: the creation of the two Clone Wars series. First, there was the two-dimensional series from Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky. They were mostly short action vignettes, but there worked on their own level. Then there was the three-dimensional series that began with the awful movie but got surprisingly good afterwards. Now it seems like we're getting something in a similar vein with Star Wars Rebels. »
- David Hoffman
Anthony Stokes on five recent movies that deserve a second look....
Although we act as though we are the supreme authority and last word on movies, it's important to remember that critics are humans. The notion of watching a movie objectively without any opinion or agenda creeping in is not true. Even if indifferent to a movie, when we sit down to watch, generally speaking we have an idea what to expect. Moviegoers often walk into a film having already made up their mind about whether they're going to love it or not. Critics are no different. I've seen movies receive praise purely because of the filmmakers behind it. Of course, there's also the flipside where a critic walks into a movie ready to tar and feather. Over the past year, there have been several movies not given the praise they deserve - be it because of their lead, attachment to a franchise, »
- Flickering Myth
Fans of Cartoon Network‘s cult-classic series Samurai Jack get a blast from the past this October, as Idw Publishing has announced that it’s teaming with Cartoon Network to give everyone’s favourite time-displaced samurai the comic book treatment. The press release reads as follows:
Back From The Past, Samurai Jack! The epic quest to return home continues with all-new comic books from Idw!
San Diego, CA (July 26, 2013) – Battling against the forces of evil and the oddities of the future, Samurai Jack’s stoic journey is not over yet, in fact, it’s just beginning! The long wait is almost over as the fan-favorite series is set to make its Idw debut this October! Through a partnership with Cartoon Network Enterprises, Idw will create and distribute a series of comic books being released monthly.
A cult-classic and fan-favorite of the highest order, the popular and acclaimed animated series from »
- Josh Wright
Cult comic book series Eternal Descent by British guitarist and comic creator Llexi Leon expands its multi-media world to include video games. London-based Pla Studios has produced Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes which unfolds from the perspective of Sirian.
A nomadic warrior fights back endless hordes of demonic creatures as they rampage through the city streets; armed with a supernaturally charged electric guitar he must traverse the depths of the underworld and eliminate the Pit Lords within.
Original performances and appearances include The heroic tag team of Joe Satriani, Misha Mansoor (Periphery) and Andrew W.K. contribute original performances to the soundtrack as well Wayne Static and Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) serve as the gatekeepers to the realms on Sirian’s journey to Hell.
Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes is now available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Updates with new characters and additional content will happen »
The greatest Samurai of all time is staging his return.
Samurai Jack is coming back… though sadly not in animated form. However, he will be appearing in comic book series from Idw Publishing. The comic, entitled Samurai Jack, will feature variant covers from creator, Genndy Tartakovsky. Andy Suriano, who was the character designer on the original Cartoon Network series, will join writer Jim Zub to develop the comic series.
The monthly series will debut this October from Idw Publishing and will start off with a 5-issue arc, entitled “Rope of Eons.” I was actually it would be a spin-off of the “Jump Good” episodes – a personal favorite.
If you don’t know about Samurai Jack and his epic time traveling war with the ancient demon wizard, Aku, you should definitely pick up the series on DVD.
When cartoons switched over to the newer, Flash-animation style, Samurai Jack was the series »
- Bags Hooper
Even though it has been nine years since the series ended, many people still fondly remember Samurai Jack from creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls) as one of the best shows ever on the Cartoon Network, and fans now have a good reason to rejoice! A new comic published by Idw Publishing will be continuing the adventures of Jack the displaced samurai warrior and his archrival Aku the shape-shifting monster. It will be written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and illustrated by Andy Suriano (character designer for the original Samurai Jack series). Zub said, "As a Jack and Genndy fan, I'm thrilled to be writing new stories that continue where the TV series left off. I'm channeling my inner samurai to deliver a fun action-packed ride each...
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This is a pretty epic art project. Macedonia-based artist Тхе Мичо has created cartoon style art for 300 of the characters from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice book series. He actually made every single character. I'm not going to post them all here, but if you want to see them head on over to his Facebook page. It's a pretty incredible feat.
The characters' likenesses are based off of the descriptions in the books rather than what we've all seen in the HBO TV series. Of course, you're going to see similarities though. I've included The Hound, Tyrion, Ned, Dany, Jon Snow, Jamie, Jaquen, Brienne, Melisandre, Arya, and a few other characters.
Source: Cbm (http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/notyetamovie/news/?a=80576) »
- Joey Paur
According to Box Office Mojo, Sony Pictures has pushed back its animated Popeye movie (which sees the iconic sailor man make his triumphant return to the big screen, complete with 3D). Originally set for a September 26th, 2014 release date, the adaptation will now hit theaters in an already crowded 2015. No specific date has been announced yet, but 2015 has plenty of competition in the form of The Avengers 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Star Wars: Episode VII, Finding Dory, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, and many more big films. Popeye will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (who most recently helmed Hotel Transylvania for Sony Animation). Screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs) were hired to pen the script last year. Are you looking forward to this movie? Follow @PaulRomCBM »
There's been a few release date changes that have popped up recently for some films you may have been looking forward to...and some you may have totally forgotten about anyway. Come inside to check out which films got moved, and when you'll be able to see them in theaters now.
First up is one we've long suspected would be pushed back, but nothing official had happened until now. Warner Bros. has decided to push 300: Rise of an Empire back from it's original August date, all the way to March 7, 2014. That's a full seven months later than it's previous slot, but considering we've seen next to nothing on a film that was supposed to be a Summer blockbuster, it's probably a wise move.
Along with this WB also moved their Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner, All You Need is Kill, from March 7, 2014 (now filled by 300) into the Summer movie season »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
One step forward, three steps back with these new release dates: Warner Bros. will push All You Need Is Kill, led by Tom Cruise, from March 7 to June 6, 2014. 300: Rise of an Empire will take its place on March 7, 2014, seven months after the planned August 2, 2013 release date. The original 300 was released on March 9, 2007. The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving up from August 16 to July 26, 2013. Sony Animation is delaying Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye movie to a date to be named later in 2015. Hit the jump for more on each project. [All dates via Box Office Mojo and Deadline.] Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton co-star in Doug Liman's adaptation of the manga All You Need Is Kill. Here's the official synopsis: The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Visionary animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been a creative force behind such popular series as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Last fall, Tartakovsky also made a successful foray into animated feature films with the box office-and-family-friendly horror hit, Hotel Transylvania. With his pedigree of small-screen series and recent experience with a full-length animated production, it seems the time is ripe for a conclusion to one of Tartakovsky's most unique and iconic creations. Hit the jump to find out where it stands. Hollywood! Adapt this: Samurai Jack. What It's About: Running for a total of 52 episodes over four seasons from 2001 to 2004, Samurai Jack was an animated action adventure series that ran on Cartoon Network. It followed the exploits of the titular samurai who wandered a dystopian future ruled by the powerful shape-shifting demon, Aku. Voiced by Phil Lamarr, Jack is introduced to viewers as the young son »
- Dave Trumbore
From Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania tells the story of Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), the owner of the monster hotel, who invites some of the world’s most famous monsters – including Frankenstein (Kevin James), Frankenstein’s wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Wayne’s wife Wanda (Molly Shannon), ghost Griffin (David Spade), and Murray the mummy (Cee Lo Green) – to stay for the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). When a human, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), finds his way to the hotel, however, Dracula isn’t in for the easy weekend he was expecting, as Mavis starts to realise that she’s old enough to experience the real world with the possibility of romance.
More for children than adults with its constant toilet humour, Hotel Transylvania is an average animation that holds a lot of meaning at its core. Primarily focusing on a father-daughter relationship, »
- Charlie Derry
I really don't put much stock in the International Animated Film Society's 2013 Annie Awards, which is why I didn't rush to report on their results on Saturday. One year Disney and Pixar boycott the event, feeling there was an unfair advantage paid to larger contributing sponsors, DreamWorks being the primary example. So with such a nasty stench over the event what good does it do to pay it much mind? That said, I'll be brief in mentioning Wreck-It Ralph topped Saturday night's winners with five awards, including Best Animated Picture. The awards have something like a 75% streak when it comes to helping predict the eventual Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and as the days have gone on, it's looking more and more like Ralph will be this year's winner (see my predictions here). Pixar's Brave, Laika's ParaNorman and DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians each took home two awards in lesser, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Dexter’s Lab fame (remember that?) and starring virtually the entire cast of Grown Ups, the film is a cute, highly entertaining look at life through the eyes of the monsters who are supposedly our worst nightmares but instead live in fear of us. After all, we’re the one’s brandishing fire and shouting about burning things at the stake.
After watching the film for the first time this weekend it occurred to me that I probably won’t be able to show it to my niece. Not because she’s not sophisticated enough to get it but because when Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) gets mad he’s actually pretty scary looking. This got me thinking. »
- Matt Aspin
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Running Time: 88 minutes
Extras: Mini movie ‘Goodnight Mr. Foot’, ‘Problem (Monsta Remix) by Becky G Featuring Will.I.Am – Music video and behind the scenes, Deleted scenes, Filmmakers commentary and DVD link to games.
Now if you are expecting something intellectually stimulating for your children to watch, Hotel Transylvania is definitely not something you should go for. But if you are looking for a Sunday afternoon movie, or something to keep the kids quiet, you definitely need this in your collection.
The story focuses on Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), who operates a high-end resort (for some very strange characters) away from the human world. However, things start to go a little wrong when a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) discovers the resort and falls for »
- Lucy Cave
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