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The first Animation Is Film Festival has announced its full slate of films and events, and has finalized its competition jury.
Added to the previously announced selection of films in competition are the North American premiere of “Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom” by Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Akiyuki Shinbo, which will screen on opening night, Friday, Oct. 20; the West Coast premiere of “Mutafukaz” by Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi; the U.S. premiere of “Night Is Short, Walk on Girl,” by Masaaki Yuasa; and the world premiere of “Tropical Virus,” which will screen on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Santiago Caicedo.
Previously announced competition films are “The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey, one of Variety’s 2017 10 Animators to Watch; “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner; “Big Fish and Begonia” by Liang Xua and Zhang Chun; “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” by »
- Terry Flores
The Art Directors Guild has added an animated feature category to its Excellence in Production Design Awards, slated for Jan. 27 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
The award for production design for an animated feature film accompanies the theme for the event’s latest edition, “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination.”
“It is our intention to honor and celebrate great Production Design achievements in the remarkable and evolving art form of animation through this new award. By separating feature animation into its own constituent category, we wish to pay tribute to these creative works in a manner equivalent to all our other feature design categories,” said Thomas A. Walsh, an Adg Event producer along with Thomas Wilkins.
Animated features in hand-drawn, CGI, clay animation/puppet, and motion-capture styles may qualify for the category, but animation must figure in at least 75% of the film’s running time.
Animated films, »
- Terry Flores
During D23, director John Lasseter shared a fun new mockumentary featuring The Incredibles‘ Edna Mode. It seems the petite-but-powerful character has had a very big influence on the fashion industry, even inspiring the likes of Heidi Klum, Kendall Jenner, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe. “Edna hates capes…so we all hate capes,” says Heidi Klum in […]
The post The Incredibles’ Edna Mode Gets A Clever Mockumentary appeared first on Fortress of Solitude. »
- Edward Nigma
It's been 13 long years since The Incredibles first hit movie theaters. The 2004 superhero film introduced the world to the Incredible family, including Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson); his wife, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter); and their three children, Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dashiell (Spencer Fox), and baby Jack-Jack. Thankfully, we can finally say we have new information about the long-awaited sequel. Without further ado, find out who's returning for The Incredibles 2, all the plot details we know so far, and, yes, the release date. The Plot While the first movie focused on Mr. Incredible as the main protagonist, Mrs. Incredible will be the star of the sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Incredible will stay at home with Jack-Jack while Elastigirl ventures out to save the day. The Cast Nelson, Hunter, and Vowell will return to voice their characters from the original film, while newcomer Huck Milner will replace Fox as the voice of Dashiell. »
- Terry Carter
At the end of The Incredibles, having already defeated Jason Lee’s angsty villain, Mr. Incredible and the rest of his super-family suited up to take on a Mole Man-esque villain called The Underminer. According to Pixar’s John Lasseter at the D23 conference, Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 will pick up immediately after that moment with “a big old set piece” featuring the family fighting Underminer before transitioning into the actual plot of the movie. Lasseter also says the movie is “such a special story,” but beyond the opening scene, that’s all we really know about the long-awaited sequel.
[via IGN] »
- Sam Barsanti
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios convened at D23 Expo 2017 today, revealing new details about their upcoming movie slates and introducing key voice talent, including Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner and Sarah Silverman. And in an unforgettable moment, Auli‘i Cravalho, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Kelly MacDonald, Anika Noni Rose, Irene Bedard, Linda Larkin, Paige O’Hara and Jodi Benson came together on stage in a celebration fit for a princess.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, teamed up with the stars and filmmakers from both studios to present new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from a host of upcoming films. “I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think,” said Lasseter, who serves as executive producer on all animated titles. »
- Joseph Medina
Kirsten Howard Don Kaye Sep 1, 2017
A long-awaited Incredibles sequel is on the way, but composer Michael Giacchino had to be persuaded to come back...
The first film's composer, Michael Giacchino, is back on board, but it turns out it wasn't an easy sell. In an interview with Collider, Giacchino - who's become one of the heavy score hitters over in Hollywood in recent years - reveals that he's already seen one incarnation of the forthcoming film, but that he resisted climbing aboard early on.
"I have seen a version of [Incredibles 2]. It’s gonna be really fun. My first response when Brad said he was gonna do Incredibles 2 was ‘No, no, no, no, let’s not do it. »
Don Kaye Jul 17, 2017
At Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California over the weekend, Pixar and Disney Animation head John Lasseter surprised the packed convention hall by revealing that he was stepping down as the co-director of Toy Story 4.
Lasseter did not give a reason why he was not going to co-direct his first feature since Cars 2 in 2011, but instead focused on introducing his co-director Josh Cooley, who will now receive sole directing credit on the fourth Toy Story entry. No other plot or cast details were revealed for the 2019 release.
Cooley began his career at Pixar in 2004 as an intern and later worked as a storyboard artist on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2. He also was a screenwriter on Inside Out, and wrote and directed two shorts, including Riley’s First Date?
Brad Bird, director of “The Incredibles,” appeared at the D23 Expo in Anaheim to show animation tests for the upcoming sequel to “The Incredibles,” due out summer 2018. Bird was joined by the cast of the film, including Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, and Holly Hunter. Bird presented tests for all the members of the Parr family, demonstrating how they would look in the upcoming film, 14 years after the release of the first movie. “The cool thing about doing this again is that technology has gotten so much better. We can make them look closer to what we wanted »
- Jeremy Fuster
Almost 14 years ago, writer-director Brad Bird brought Pixar's first family to life in The Incredibles. Now, the highly anticipated sequel will bring Bird and the Parrs back together in The Incredibles 2. The cast and creative team were on hand for the D23 panel today in Anaheim, California, and while Pixar didn't release any trailers or footage for the upcoming film, they did put together a fun teaser celebrating the fashion of Edna Mode. We also learned a bit more about the film's plot. Pixar recruited couture celebrities like Zac Posen, Kendall Jenner, and Andre … »
- Haleigh Foutch
Ever since its release in 2004, fans have been clamoring for a sequel to “The Incredibles.” The Pixar film about a superhero family was a huge hit for the animation studio, and has become many fans’ favorite from their catalog. Well, after Brad Bird’s brief foray into live-action directing, he’s back to helm “The Incredibles 2” and while we’ll have to wait for a trailer, this tribute to Edna Mode will do just fine.
Continue reading Get Ready For ‘The Incredibles 2’ With This Tribute To Edna Mode at The Playlist. »
- Charles Dean
Hollywood seems dead set on reviving or sequelizing pretty much every property under the sun, but for the longest time it seemed like there would be one beloved film that would go on unacknowledged and left to sit alone on its shelf, and that was Pixar’s 2004 film, The Incredibles. While a sequel seemed like a good proposition, it didn’t help that its creator, filmmaker Brad Bird went on to the world of live-action with movies like Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland. With the more big budget fare on the horizon, it seemed like fans would have to be okay moving forward without another movie.
But what exactly would an Incredibles 2 entail? Plus, given how long it’s been since the first one (13 years), what would be the timeline? Would it take place in real time, kind of like how the Toy Story series did, or would »
- Joseph Medina
With this month’s one-two punch of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” it’s clear why Michael Giacchino has become Hollywood’s go-to composer. He once again delivers both the loud and quiet musical passages with force and grace, making him the master of superhero and animated movies.
“You need the quiet time in order for the louder times to mean something,” Giacchino said. “This is good for the audience, too. It pulls them in.”
Indeed, ever since Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” the 49-year-old composer has moved freely between animation, sci-fi, and superhero movies, winning the Oscar for Pixar’s “Up.” Along the way, Giacchino has also conquered the Disney (“Zootopia”), Marvel (“Doctor Strange”), and “Star Wars” (“Rogue One”) universes, working four times with J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”), Bird (“The Incredibles”), and “Apes” director Matt Reeves.
With “Homecoming” and “War,” however, Giacchino experimented outside the »
- Bill Desowitz
One week from today, fans will be flocking to the Anaheim Convention Center for Disney's annual D23 Expo, which is expected to showcase a number of highly-anticipated Disney movie. And it certainly looks like one of those will be The Incredibles 2. While we still have just under a year before this long-awaited animated sequel hits theaters, an eagle-eyed fan spotted what the first artwork from The Incredibles 2 on the official D23 app. The artwork does feature the official Incredibles 2 logo, that was first revealed at D23 back in 2015.
This artwork was first spotted by Twitter user Jace Diehl, who found the artwork on the D23 app entry for an Incredibles 2 autograph signing with director Brad Bird and producers Nicole Paradis Grindle and John Walker. This artwork appears to be what the director and producers will be signing for fans, and it's possible that this artwork could also be »
The soundtrack will be released on July 7th and is available for pre-order here.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is the third chapter to the 2011 & 2014 movies Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. From acclaimed writer-director Matt Reeves and screenwriter Mark Bomback, War for the Planet of the Apes features Caesar and his apes being forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts andbegins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an »
- Michelle Hannett
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
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Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces
What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).
Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*
Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master »
- Ryan Gallagher
At this stage in the franchise, it’s pretty easy to be cynical about Transformers. Michael Bay has directed all four existing films, and has also directed the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the series. So despite the fact that Paramount seemed set on doing things differently going forward (as evidenced by the writers room), Bay’s continued involvement only seems to enforce the fact that they’re falling back on what’s worked for them, even if it isn’t all that good.
Perhaps the real winds of change will be evident in the next effort: the currently untitled Bumblebee spinoff. This film will have Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight at the helm (already quite a change from the explosion-happy Bay), and will star Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role as a tomboy who can fix cars (I know, shocker). This seems to be steps in the right direction, but after seeing the same old metal-scraping action in all the Transformers: The Last Knight trailer, it’s hard not to feel a little discouraged.
Related - Transformers: The Last Knight IMAX Footage Description
But for those ready to call it quits on the Autobots, the latest comments from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura may help to assuage those thoughts. Speaking with Collider, di Bonaventura said:
“I know we’re doing a spinoff first in the Bumblebee movie, and that is a very distinctive departure from what you’ve been seeing so far… The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. G1.”
I’m admittedly not much a Transformers guy — that was before my time — so while it’s cool they’ll be going back to the first generation of toys back in 1985, what really grabs me is the objective to have less robots, and be something of a departure from the main series.
Di Bonaventura continued:
“There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can’t compete with Michael — you’re gonna lose. And also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let’s keep them interested. They’re gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of its location and in terms of its storytelling.”
Di Bonaventura then dropped the biggest bombshell quote on the outlet:
“In fact it reminds me a little bit of Iron Giant years ago when I did that movie at Warner Bros. It just reminds me a little bit of that where it was very contained and yet it didn’t feel small.”
For those who somehow don’t know, The Iron Giant was a stellar animated film from the 1990s directed by The Incredibles helmer Brad Bird. The movie was sort of a traditional “boy and his dog” type of story, except with a giant metal man from outer space. That film had a lot of heart, and was a surprisingly mature animated take for its time. The big takeaway here is the emphasis the producer seems to be putting on a lower key story — something that doesn’t require 2,000 visual effects shots.
In essence, we may be getting something closer to the first half of the first Transformers film, before Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots were introduced. We’d be on board with something like that, but we hope that Paramount doesn’t get cold feet on this concept and try to thrown in some ridiculous third act mayhem. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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Lrm We all kind of knew this. This just confirms it. https://t.co/1iJQjdf8pC about 20 minutes ago »
- Joseph Medina
After the photo-real wonders of its Oscar-winning “Piper,” Pixar tackled a more abstract animation challenge in its latest short about schoolyard bullying. In “Lou,” which plays in front of “Cars 3,” a pile of lost and found items in a box coalesce into an anthropomorphic character who harasses a bully when he steals from other kids.
Baseballs become Lou’s eyes, a book becomes his mouth, a baseball mitt and slinky become his hand and arm, and a hoodie becomes his body. However, Lou manages to hold together since the objects constantly shift around. The result is a wacky chase around the schoolyard and a surprisingly emotional comeuppance.
“We’re cramming so much stuff into the film that people don’t get a break until [a revelation]
- Bill Desowitz
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