Jiminy Cricket, “Pinocchio” (1940)
This little cricket went from a minor character in the original 1881 novel by Carlo Collodi to a star player in the 1940 Disney film. He serves as the
James Wan, who is directing Aquaman, which releases in December, revealed that the first trailer for his aquatic superhero movie will also debut at San Diego Comic Con. DC tends to try to release more than one trailer at San Diego Comic Con every year, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see a Shazam! trailer release as well. DC has made a tradition of making a huge splash at San Diego Comic Con every year, with a number of huge announcements, in addition to the trailers. Considering that Marvel Studios will be absent from the Comic Con this year, there will certainly be a gap that DC
Di Salvo, a Disney veteran who served as head of animation on “Frozen” and was animation supervisor on “Tangled” and “Bolt,” presented “Playmobil” via a recorded video and said the film will be character-driven, trigger emotions and imagination, while the designs will “embrace the simplicity and uniqueness of ‘Playmobil.'”
Unveiled during the session, the plot revolves around twenty-year old Marla who is forced to abandon her carefully structured life to embark on an epic journey to find her young brother Charlie who has disappeared into the vast and wondrous animated world of Playmobil. Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland wrote the script. A portion of the film is in live-action.
“The film is an emotional, adventure-filled journey in the veins of ‘Finding Nemo,
In each episode of Bogus Beauty, hosts Chrissy Mahlmeister and Selorm Kploanyi tackle a specific idea propagated by a Disney film. For example, can you actually pull someone up into the air using your hair, as Rapunzel does in the Disney flick Tangled? In the first installment of Bogus Beauty, Mahlmeister and Kploanyi find that feat to be harder than it looks.
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The Shanghai-based company was originally started in 2012 during Jeffrey Katzenberg’s tenure at DreamWorks. At the time the animation studio was called Oriental DreamWorks, and they were successful early on with the release of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” one of the highest grossing films of its day and first official U.S.-China animated co-production. Recently, a consortium spearheaded by Li Ruigang’s Cmc Capital Partners took complete ownership of the animation studio. Currently, Pearl is headed by CEO Frank Zhu and chief creative officer Peilin Chou (pictured above).
And it was Chou’s idea to name the company Pearl, invoking the focus on persevering through struggles to create “a beautiful precious pearl.”
The company is in production on two films: “Abominable,
The footage, released by Walt Disney Animation Studios on Monday, finds John C. Reilly’s titular hero and his friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) leaving Litwak’s Family Fun Center and Arcade in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush.
The trailer is highlighted by Vanellope meeting all the Disney Princesses including Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”).
She’s quizzed as to whether or not she’s a princess with the key question being,
In the new trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet, Vanellope along with her best friend Ralph, venture into the world of the internet through an ethernet cable in the Litwak's Video Arcade. There's many good scenes in the new footage, but the best has to be when Vanellope finds herself
The elevator pitch? Sugar Rush, Vanellope’s homeworld, is beginning to crash, and in order to save the video game from total oblivion, Silverman’s wide-eyed protagonist joins Ralph as they journey through the world wide web in search of a MacGuffin replacement part to restore Sugar Rush to its former glory.
To do so, they must call upon the help of local citizens – or netizens, as they’re known in Wreck-It Ralph 2 – to plot a course for “BuzzzTube,” a hit trend-making site powered by Yesss, Taraji P. Henson’s newcomer who is about to beckon Ralph and Vanellope into uncharted territory. Buckle up, folks, it
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”
When Wreck-it Ralph opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned
Disney has released a handful of new pictures to celebrate the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph 2, aka Ralph Breaks the Internet, which hits theaters on November 21st. New character Yesss, who is voiced by Taraji P. Henson, is featured in one of the new photos as she shows Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope around their new surroundings in the internet. Alan Tudyk voices another new character, the know-it-all search engine,
Screenwriter Rob Edwards, whose credits include two Oscar-nominated Disney animations in Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog, will write MiBots for Spanish animation studio Wise Blue Studios.
UK sales outfit Evolutionary Films are handling the project in Cannes this week and are reporting offers for a number of territories.
Maxi Valero wrote the original story, which will form the basis for Edwards’ screenplay. The film will follow a young scientist who befriends a group of zany, futuristic, and adorable robots and teams up with them to fight evil.
Just to give you an idea of the scale that Disney is going for with this movie, the budget for Avengers: Infinity War is said to have been close to $300 million. Most big blockbuster films don't get this kind of budget!
If you look at some of the budgets for some other big films there's John Carter with a budget of $263 million, Tangled had a $260 million budget, Spider-Man 3 cost $258 million, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cost $250 million, and Captain America: Civil War cost $250 million.
Mulan is gearing up to start shooting in New Zealand and will apparently start production in August.
A Twitter user by the name of AP posted the Disney Vs. Pixar bracket last week, which has now been shared nearly 45,000 times as of this writing and has a conversation (or argument) of almost 100,000 comments. The blank bracket puts some Disney classics, with the oldest being The Little Mermaid, up against some of Pixar's most beloved tales. One of the main arguments is that the bracket does not contain any of Disney's pre-Little Mermaid classics,
Following a trailer debut on This is Us, Fogelman’s hit show, Amazon Studios has released the preview online. The story follows multiple generations and feels a bit like a more conventional version of Cloud Atlas with a heart-on-its-sleeve, wide-reaching scope. Still, Fogelman has proved that he can take on schmaltz with a certain charm, so hopefully that’s the case here. See the preview below.
Life Itself opens on September 21.
Kicking off principal photography last month, Shazam!
Osmond will take the helm on the project which On Animations’ Aton Soumache described as a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Hook, and said “it was ideal for present-day animation. The strip is truly an unlimited source for astonishing adventures”.
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The $70 Million dollar budget film centres on a young boy who journeys through the land of dreams. The project will be produced by Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam, plus Alexis Vonarb and Emmanuel Jacomet, between Paris and Montreal, where the company has offices.
The comic series, Little Nemo in Slumberland ran in the New York Herald from October 15, 1905, until July 23, 1911. The full-page weekly strip
Osmond will direct “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” which is budgeted in the $70 million range and centers on a young boy who journeys through the land of dreams. As with On Animation’s other projects, such as “The Little Prince” and “The Playmobil Movie” (currently in production), “Little Nemo in Slumberland” is based on a high-profile franchise and will aim at reaching family audiences globally. “The Little Prince” won Cesar and BAFTA awards, was released in more than 120 countries and grossed $120 million worldwide.
On Animation is the production company of Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam. The pair, plus Alexis Vonarb and Emmanuel Jacomet, will produce “Little Nemo” between Paris and Montreal, where the company has offices.
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