7 items from 2016
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Britain's first high-end CG feature animation studio is making three films with Paramount Pictures...
Now this is exciting.
It’s been a few years since Sarah Smith – director of Arthur Christmas – confirmed to us that she was in the infancy of setting up a big new British animation studio. Locksmith Animation launched in 2014, and has been developing projects since then. And now, there’s big progress, as it’s inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to make a series of CG animated movies.
Three films are in the works at the moment, the first of which will go into production in the next year. The unnamed project will be released in 2020, and the aim is to continue with an ongoing slate of films beyond that.
Paramount Pictures has entered a multi-picture deal with Elisabeth Murdoch‘s Locksmith Animation, the companies jointly announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, Paramount and Locksmith will co-develop and co-produce a series of animated projects for the studio and are progressing three current properties which Locksmith has been developing since 2014. These projects plan to head into production within the next twelve months, and they plan to have their first theatrical film in theaters in 2020. Locksmith Animation is the United Kingdom’s first high-end CG feature animation studio, founded by writer/director Sarah Smith (“Arthur Christmas”) and producer Julie Lockhart (“Shaun the Sheep Movie”). It. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
London — Paramount Pictures and Locksmith Animation, which launched in 2014 with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch, have inked a deal to co-develop and co-produce a series of animated projects for the studio.
Under the pact, Paramount and Locksmith are progressing three properties, which Locksmith has been developing since it launched, with plans to head into production within the next 12 months and to release the first theatrical movie in 2020. The deal also contemplates developing other projects together over time to create a pipeline of releases.
Locksmith, which claims to be the U.K.’s first dedicated high-end CG feature animation studio, was founded by writer/director Sarah Smith (“Arthur Christmas”) and producer Julie Lockhart (“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists!”), with backing from Murdoch.
- Leo Barraclough
Ann Marie Fleming’s “Window Horses,” Penny Lane’s “Nuts!” and Sang-ho Yeon’s “Seoul Station” will screen at 2016’s nine-feature competition of the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, commonly regarded as the most important animation event in the world.
In potential highlights, Guillermo del Toro will deliver a masterclass, unveiling unseen footage of “Trollhunters”; Aardman Animation founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton receive the 2016 Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award. The Festival will also for the first time devote a major focus to France’s animation scene.
An Annecy regular, Sang-ho Yeon, a Fantasporto and Sitges winner with “Saibi” and “Dwae-ji-ui wang,” competes with “Seoul Station,” a Studio Dadashow and Finecut South Korea production. Horror and social realism blend in the tale of a homeless who first shows strange symptoms then unleashes chaos and a zombie outbreak. Finecut handles world sales.
Also targeting adult auds and produced by U. »
- Emilio Mayorga
Sony Pictures Animation today announced the addition of three new cast for the lineup of talent in the next Smurf adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village. This all-new animated adventure is hitting theaters March 31, 2017. Joining the already announced Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf will be triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who's forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (Community) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who's long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.
The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, Smurfs: The Lost Village is set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017. The fully-animated return »
Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…
While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.
2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.
A Street Cat Named Bob (dir. »
7 items from 2016
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