5 items from 2011
Mark uncovers the too-often-overlooked gems in the Disney animated movies catalogue...
Not all Disney feature movies get the same level of appreciation, as they're overshadowed by the better known or more rambunctious siblings.
Here are five that, in my view, deserve better...
Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Part of the impressive fifties animated feature line-up, Alice never quite got the love that was reserved for Sleeping Beauty or The Lady And The Tramp. Yet, it's as technically competent, and uniquely styled.
Disney must bear some of the responsibility, however, as, after a somewhat poor box office (by their standards) outing, they demoted Alice to being the launch vehicle for their TV ambitions in a cut-down form. This choice meant that it didn't get recycled at the cinema and moved it down a notch from its 'cinema only' screened peers.
As they've all now been on TV, I think it's about time Alice In Wonderland »
There are some genuinely fascinating looking features on the newly-announced DreamWorks Animation slate. Here’s what the studio will be up to, up to 2014…
It was a year or two back that DreamWorks Animation moved to a model whereby it would make at least two animated movies every year. Furthermore, it also confirmed its intention to release a third film every other year, too (as it did last year), which all points to very busy times ahead for the studio.
And now we've got an idea of just what DreamWorks Animation will be working on. The studio has confirmed its slate through to 2014, and just who will be directing what.
Here's what we've got to look forward to...
Due May 2011
We know about this one already. Due out in a couple of months' time, it sees the return of Jack Black as the voice of Po. »
There's always one other main animation company that's constantly in competition with Pixar no matter what film season, and that's DreamWorks Animation. Today the company announced it's slate of films that they plan to release between now and 2014. They're keeping hip with the ongoing sequels trend in Hollywood with a couple of other new films coming up.DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company's current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.DreamWorks Animation's theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows: Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26, 2011 and Puss In Boots for November 4, 2011 Madagascar 3 for June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians for November 21, 2012 The Croods for March 1, 2013, Turbo for June 7, 2013 and Me and My Shadow for November 8, 2013 Mr. Peabody & Sherman for March »
Photo: DreamWorks Animation
Today DreamWorks Animation issued a press release announcing their theatrical plans through 2014 featuring six original films three sequels based on Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises. Or, at least, that's how they put it. You could also include the Shrek franchise in there as well as Puss in Boots hits theaters on November 4 along with Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26 as the studio's other 2011 release.
I will get to the details on the list of films in a second, but I thought I would first reference Rumblewick, which was announced as going in production last week via a press release that also included the above piece of art. The film is being directed by Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz) with a screenplay by Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents), which is inspired by the children's book, "My Unwilling »
- Brad Brevet
The BFI's tribute season cannot disguise the fact that Uncle Walt's empire has lost its lustre in recent years
It all seems a damnably long time ago now, but shortly before the holidays I attended the BFI Southbank's festive screening of Tim Burton's ever-entrancing The Nightmare Before Christmas. Gifts were distributed, childish faces gleamed with excitement and too much Haribo, and in the moments before the lights went down children's film guru and genial host Justin Johnson announced that in the coming year the BFI would be screening every one of Disney's animated features – what the Mouse House solemnly refers to as its canon – as the 50th, Tangled, approached its release.
There was, I can report, a bona fide ripple of excitement – although how much excitement rippled from actual kids and how much their guardians, lost in nostalgia, is moot. Because whatever role Disney's animations have in the lives of today's young filmgoers, »
- Danny Leigh
5 items from 2011
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