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Chris Meledandri, a pioneering animation entrepreneur and creative force behind Universal’s family movie business, will be the first-ever recipient of a new prize: Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award.
The Illumination Entertainment founder-ceo will be presented with the Award, made by Annecy’s Mifa market and Variety, at this June’s 55th Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival as Mifa celebrates its 30th edition. Annecy will in addition host a sneak preview of the highly-anticipated 3D CG comedy adventure “Minions,” a Universal Pictures-Illumination Ent. production, and one of Universal’s biggest bets of 2015.
Meledandri will also deliver a keynote speech and take part in an onstage Q & A at Annecy, the world’s best-known animation festival which, lodged in an idyllic French Alp valley, unspools June 15-20.
The Mifa-Variety Animation Personality Award recognizes the achievements of one of the toon industry’s global driving forces, whose “Despicable Me, »
- John Hopewell
Planes: Fire & Rescue, much like the Cars sequel, spins us into an entirely new world, and though the Cars franchise sequels haven’t been quite the blockbusters Pixar might have hoped for, this broader sequel theory has made them both far better films than simpler “add-on” efforts might have managed.
Dusty finds himself out of the racing game, and quickly joins with a crew of rescue vehicles who keep an eye on a vast forest in order to contain fires. Naturally, this isn’t something that sounds like a great time to Dusty at first, but he learns that there’s a lot more to life than being in the spotlight.
This all kicks off because Dusty continually pushes himself too far, damaging a part that can’t be replaced. In a fairly obvious maneuver, he ends up crashing, and causing a fire. This leads to the airport being shut down, »
- Marc Eastman
McM have this morning announced that Manchester and Glasgow will be playing host to much-loved ninja Naruto (well the actress who voices the character – not the actual character, that would be beyond the realms of even McM’s massive budgets) later this year!
Maile Flanagan, the voice of iconic anime hero Naruto Uzumaki, is to be a special guest at both July’s McM Manchester Comic Con and September’s McM Scotland Comic Con. As well as meeting fans and signing autographs, Maile will be taking part in on-stage panels at both events.
Since taking on the role of Naruto in 2005, Maile Flanagan has played the hot-blooded über ninja in more than 200 episodes of Naruto and over 275 episodes of sequel series Naruto: Shippuden, as well as appearing in numerous spin-off feature films and games. In addition to voicing one of anime’s most famous protagonists, Maile’s live action »
- Phil Wheat
Shawn Levy - the producer and director of the blockbuster family franchise Night At The Museum, among others – will produce through his Fox-based 21 Laps Entertainment. There is no director or writer yet attached to the project. Fox Animation Production VP Ralph Millero is overseeing Mr. Men Little Miss for the studio. Will Rack and Emily Morris are overseeing for 21 Laps.
Commented Levy: “I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids. Their humor, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can’t wait to help shepherd them to the big screen.”
The Mr. Men Little Miss series of timeless characters originated in books created by Roger Hargreaves in 1971 in the U.K. Each of the 85 characters is named after his or her unique personality traits, »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including: Ant-Man, The Peanuts Movie, Run All Night, Awake in the Woods, Chappie, Big Game, and Entourage.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
The Peanuts Movie
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of »
- Phil Wheat
A brand new trailer for The Peanuts Movie is here. The piece doesn’t include any concrete plot details and the bulk of it is that same high-flying sequence we saw in the previous trailer, but it’s well worth checking out for the charming new opening interaction between Woodstock and Snoopy. Plus, even though we’ve seen Snoopy soaring over Paris before, Flo Rida and Fitz’s “What I Like About You” has such a great feel-good vibe to it that you can’t help but to get swept up in the appeal of the material all over again. Hit the jump to catch the new The Peanuts Movie trailer. The film is due in theaters in 3D on November 6, 2015 and will feature the voices of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Aj Tecce, Noah Johnston, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Mar Mar, Mariel Sheets and Rebecca Bloom. Via Fox Family Entertainment. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Beginning Jan. 16 the first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix users in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France.
New episodes will debut throughout the year.
“The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ finds the feline in the hidden city of San Lorenzo, a mythical land invisible to the outside world thanks to a magical spell the protects its inhabitants, and its wonderous treasure. When Puss in Boots accidentally breaks the spell, the must do more than fight off an endless legion of invaders and marauders – he must become a legend.
“Action, comedy, adventure and heart combine with a dazzling visual style to make ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ both unique and timeless, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Fox’s announcement that a feature-length take on Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts characters was on its way drew groans and grumbling from many fans of the classic comic strip, but the trailers for this new version have somehow managed to tap into the sense of imagination and wonder that made the original so beloved.
That’s certainly the case with the latest preview, which mainly follows bold beagle Snoopy as he takes to the skies under the guise of the Red Baron. The slick CGI animation still harkens back to the distinctive feel of the Peanuts cartoons, but it’s also colorful and creative enough to please modern audiences – a balance that must have been incredibly difficult to strike. If the trailer is any indication, viewers can expect a lot of high-flying adventure from Peanuts, which the synopsis states will find the Red Baron embarking on “his greatest mission, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Wwi flying ace Snoopy is back in action this November, and he's set his sights on the Red Baron in a new trailer for 20th Century Fox's upcoming animated adventure The Peanuts Movie. It will be a fight to the death as these two iconic legends continue a fight that started way back in the funny pages on October 10, 1965.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved The Peanuts Movie gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle, and flying ace, embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.
9 items from 2015
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