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Demonstrating the attractiveness of Latino animation for big movie distributors, Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired all North American rights to the Edward James Olmos executive-produced toon feature “El Americano, the Movie 3D.”
Sold by FilmSharks Intl. and written by Richard Pursel (“Sponge Bob,” “Ren & Stimpy”) and veteran animator Phil Roman, it is voiced by Lisa Kudrow and directed by Mexico’s Ricardo Arnaiz, one of the leading names in Latin American animation. Pic also stars Olmos, Cheech Marin, Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”) and Kate del Castillo.
“El Americano” will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment across all media.
In a separate deal, Netflix has taken U.S. Svod rights to the film, which is co-directed by Mike Kunkel, an animator on Disney’s “Tarzan.” In 2016, Sony Pictures Television acquired the film for Latin America in a multi-territory deal.
The story follows Cuco, a young Mexican parrot, who embarks »
- John Hopewell
The children’s icon got its start via a black bear named Winnie (apparently the former mascot of the Winnipeg regiment of the Canadian army, hence the name, according to the New York Public Library) living at the London Zoo during World War I. Milne’s coincidentally named son, Christopher Robin, visited the animal often and named his own stuffed bear after the real Winnie — and, oddly enough, a swan named Pooh.
Milne, who served in the front lines of Wwi »
Burbank, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 — Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s Ballers, Central Intelligence) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, Moana sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.
Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of »
- ComicMix Staff
The epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure Moana, coming to theaters nationwide Jan. 27, 2017. Additionally, the original theatrical version of the film will release digitally Feb. 21 and on Blu-ray March 7. Fans are invited to warm up those vocal cords and set sail with an all-new sing-along version of Moana launching in more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27 and exclusively at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre on January 20.
Moana audiences were swept away by the film's original songs and score from a dynamic team that includes Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning Hamilton, Tony-winning In the Heights), Mark Mancina (Tarzan, Broadway's The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa'i (founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka). The sing-along version of Moana includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so »
New songs, covers of old songs, chart-topping singers, Broadway tunesmiths: musically speaking, this year’s crop of animated movies has a little of everything. Both “Trolls” and “Sing” feature lavishly produced covers of classic songs. “Sing” features no fewer than 65 tunes, of which just 20 are the original master recordings; the other 45 not only needed to be cleared but arranged, performed, and animated.
It was a two-year process, says executive music producer Harvey Mason Jr., a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer whose resume includes everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce. “It was the craziest job ever,” he says. “We did some of the songs eight or nine different times in different ways.”
Because “Sing” is about a vocal competition, the settings ranged from auditions to a singing, dancing finale. Characters include a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a Sinatra-esque mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a soulful gorilla (Taron Egerton), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly), and »
- Jon Burlingame
Two years ago, the team behind Frozen did an Ama on Reddit, and a comment they made blew the collective minds of Disney fans everywhere. While the theory is old, it has just resurfaced and Twitter is not Ok. Basically, the directors casually mentioned that Elsa and Anna's parents did not die on a boat and that their story is much different than what we assume when watching Frozen. Here's the full comment: This is the beginning of 1999's Tarzan, another Disney film which Frozen codirector Chris Buck (the "Chris" mentioned above) codirected. If this is true, it would mean that Elsa, Anna, and Tarzan come from the same set of parents. The reason this connection is getting brought up now is because of Buck's interview with MTV News in 2015. When asked about the conspiracy theory, Buck said this: "When you're working on a feature, you have a lot of »
- Maggie Pehanick
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