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Best Animated Feature predictions: ‘Isle of Dogs’ hoping to steal Oscar bone from ‘Incredibles 2’

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In the 17 years that the Best Animated Feature category has existed at the Academy Awards, Pixar films have claimed the Oscar nine times. Will Pixar’s latest animated movie “Incredibles 2” become their 10th champion, or might Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs” steal its Oscar bone?

According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, which are derived from the predictions made by expert journalists, staff editors and users like you, “Incredibles 2” has a heroic lead to win Best Animated Feature with 16/5 odds. “Isle of Dogs” sits in second place with 37/10 odds, followed by “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (5/1 odds), “Mirai” (11/2 odds), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (8/1 odds), “Smallfoot” (28/1 odds) and “Early Man” (35/1 odds).

SEEWill Brad Bird fly as the first animated feature director to win an Oscar three times with ‘Incredibles 2’?

Isle of Dogs” focuses on a group of canines who’ve been banished to Trash Island after
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Independent Animation Makes Big Play for Oscar Gold

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Independent Animation Makes Big Play for Oscar Gold
Since big-budget CG features have been so influential, it’s sometimes hard to hear the outside voices that vie for attention during awards season. GKids regularly reminds us that hand-drawn animation continues to attract Oscar nominations — for such Irish films as “The Secret of Kells”; French offerings, including “Ernest and Celestine,” and great titles from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli.

This year, GKids is highlighting two Japanese 2D films, the sweet-tempered family tale “Mirai” and the surreal “Lu Over the Wall.” And Sony Pictures Classics is touting the Hungarian indie film “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” which definitely illustrates the idea that animation isn’t just for kids.

Of course, cultural sensibilities always factor into the equation. Illumination Entertainment may be headquartered in California, but its main animation crew is based at Mac Guff in France. That presented an interesting challenge when Illumination was making “The Grinch,” since the Seuss book plays liberally with the English language.
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Some Familiar Faces Miss Oscar Race as Toons Face Off

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As the year winds down, it’s clear that 2018 was an atypical time for animated features vying for Oscars and other awards. Not all big-name studios fielded contenders: Pixar/Disney had the billion-dollar baby “Incredibles 2,” while Disney Animation’s holiday entry — “Ralph Breaks the Internet” — is poised to repeat the box office and critical success of its 2012 Oscar nominee “Wreck-It Ralph.” Sony cruised to strong B.O. with “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” and in December, Columbia/Sony will launch “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” But familiar competitors, including DreamWorks Animation, Laika and Blue Sky Studios sat the game out.

Universal’s Illumination Entertainment had no Minions scurrying around, though it will unveil a 3D-animated take on Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic with “The Grinch.” Warner Animation Group built on the studio’s storied animation rep with the musical-comedy “Smallfoot” — a man-meets-bigfoot tale. Finally, Fox Searchlight is showcasing Wes Anderson’s
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Guillermo del Toro Turns To Animation For ‘Pinocchio’ Film At Netflix

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Following on from the success he has had with his last film, The Shape Of Water, Guillermo del Toro is jumping on the Netflix train for his very first stop-motion animation film – a version of the classic tale of Pinocchio.

The Oscar-winner will also write and produce the film, which is said to be stop motion musical.

Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. This marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with Guillermo del Toro, who created their Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ Trollhunters, the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, 3Below, is set to debut on December 21, 2018, followed by Wizards in 2019. He is also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.

Related: The Shape Of Water review

Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro,
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Guillermo del Toro to Write and Direct Stop Motion Animated Pinocchio Musical for Netflix

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Following his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro will write, direct, and produce a stop motion animated Pinocchio musical for Netflix (the same streaming service that is home to del Toro's Trollhunters animated series), with The Jim Henson Company also on board the ambitious production.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. — Academy Award winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with his lifelong passion project, Pinocchio, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical. Pinocchio will be del Toro’s first feature film since The Shape of Water, which garnered four Academy Awards last year, including for Best Director and Best Picture.

Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. This marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with Guillermo del Toro, who created their Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ Trollhunters,
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Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio Is Finally Happening at Netflix

Netflix is working with Guillermo del Toro on his long-awaited Pinocchio project. Del Toro is on board to write, direct, and produce the film, which will be a musical stop-motion project and is set to begin production this fall. The Academy Award winning director has talked about making Pinocchio for over a decade, and is happy to finally start working on it. Netflix and del Toro have been working together for the last few years on his Trollhunters animated series as well as an upcoming show entitled Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio takes place in Italy during the rise of fascism under Mussolini. The project will more than likely be a far cry from Disney's animated classic and a lot different from the live-action version that is currently in development, especially from what the director said about his take on the story in a new statement.
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Guillermo del Toro to direct Pinocchio for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro is finally set to make his long-gestating passion project Pinocchio, with Netflix announcing that it is teaming with the Oscar-winning filmmaker on the stop-motion animated musical.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember. After the incredible experience we have had on Trollhunters, I am grateful that the talented team at Netflix is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce audiences everywhere to my version of this strange puppet-turned-real-boy.
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Pinocchio Movie From Guillermo del Toro Confirmed for 2021

Tony Sokol Nov 6, 2018

Guillermo del Toro strings together his first animated feature project as Pinocchio comes to Netflix, and that's no lie.

"Woe to those who lead slothful lives," Carlo Collodi wrote in his 1880s children's stories The Adventures of Pinocchio. "Sloth is a dreadful illness and must be cured at once, in childhood." Guillermo del Toro has always used childhood as an inoculation against any kinds of laziness. His last film, The Shape of Water, won four Academy Awards last year, including Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. His next movie marks his animated feature film debut. Del Toro will direct, write and produce a stop-motion musical adaptation of Pinocchio for Netflix. He's wanted to do this all his life, and that's no lie.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a
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Guillermo del Toro to direct 'Pinocchio' project for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro to direct 'Pinocchio' project for Netflix
Stop-motion animated film will be his first feature since The Shape Of Water.

Guillermo del Toro will direct, write and produce a stop-motion animated version of Pinocchio for Netflix.

The project will be his first feature since winning Best Director and Best Picture for The Shape Of Water at this year’s Academy Awards, and his first animated film. He will co-direct with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox).

Pinocchio will be set in Italy during the 1930s, and is aiming to begin production this autumn.

It will be co-produced by The Jim Henson Company (currently working on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
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Guillermo del Toro is Set To Direct a Pinocchio Film For Netflix with The Jim Henson Company

Guillermo del Toro has had a strong creative relationship with Netflix with the animated projects that he’s developed with them over the years like Trollhunters. Now the filmmakers next major film project has been set up through them!

Del Toro will make his animated feature film directing debut with an adaptation of Pinocchio. It will be a stop-motion animated musical version of the classic children’s tale about a wooden puppet who wants to be a real live boy.

The filmmaker will also write and produce the film and this is the description of the film that was released by Variety:

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country.

Del Toro previously set his films The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth
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Guillermo del Toro’s Next Film Is ‘Pinocchio’: Director’s Passion Project Lands at Netflix and Reveals New Details

Guillermo del Toro’s Next Film Is ‘Pinocchio’: Director’s Passion Project Lands at Netflix and Reveals New Details
What is Guillermo del Toro’s next film? We now have an answer.

Pinocchio” has long been one of the director’s unrealized passion projects, but that’s about to change thanks to Netflix. The streaming giant has officially greenlit the del Toro’s adaptation of the classic children’s story about a puppet who dreams to be a real live boy. The “Shape of Water” helmer is set to direct, write, and produce the movie, which is a stop-motion musical set in Italy during the 1930s.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro said in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary
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Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

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Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single
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Guillermo del Toro Sets ‘Pinocchio’ Passion Project With Netflix

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Guillermo del Toro Sets ‘Pinocchio’ Passion Project With Netflix
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has set up his lifelong passion project, a new adaptation of “Pinocchio” at Netflix, the company announced on Monday.

Del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut on the project which he will also write and produce as a stop-motion musical. “Pinocchio” will be del Toro’s first feature film since “The Shape of Water,” which won four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Del Toro has set his retelling of “Pinocchio” in Italy during the 1930s.

This marks an expansion of Netflix’s existing relationship with Guillermo del Toro, who created their Emmy award-winning television series DreamWorks’ “Trollhunters,” the first installment of the DreamWorks’ “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy. The next chapter, “3Below,” is set to debut on December 21, 2018, followed by “Wizards” in 2019. He is also the creator of the upcoming Netflix series, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.”

Also
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Guillermo Del Toro Sets His Stop Motion Animated ‘Pinocchio’ Film At Netflix

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Guillermo Del Toro Sets His Stop Motion Animated ‘Pinocchio’ Film At Netflix
In his first feature deal to direct since The Shape of Water won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, Guillermo del Toro has made a deal with Netflix to co-direct his stop-motion animated passion project Pinocchio. Del Toro has pined to make a darker version of the wooden boy tale for the past decade. He has written the script with Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall and Adventure Time), and will co-direct with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration for the Pinocchio character from Gris Grimly’s original designs drawn from Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Production will begin this fall on a version of the classic story that is less romanticized than the 1940 Disney animated classic. Del Toro’s film will be a musical set in Italy during the turbulent 1930s. This collision of innocence in
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Exclusive Interview – Sound Editor Jacob Ribicoff talks The Vietnam War, Ken Burns, and music editing

Red Stewart chats with Jacob Ribicoff

Jacob Ribicoff is an American sound designer and sound editor who has been working in the film and television industries since the late-80s. He is best known for his work on movies like School of Rock and Manchester by the Sea, as well as most of acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burn’s documentaries.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

I’ll just jump into it – your resume is beyond amazing. Based on the press release that was sent to me, I thought you were just involved in the documentary field, but no you’ve done so many movies I love. You did School of Rock, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Manchester by the Sea, and of course The Vietnam War miniseries. Is there a particular difference for you between doing a fictional movie versus
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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Matilda

Roald Dahl was a literary genius who knew how to create the most fantastical worlds for children. From the delightful adventures of Fantastic Mr. Fox to the incredible characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl had a way of spinning words into imaginary tales that continue to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Over the years, a number of Dahl’s works have been adapted for the big screen, and while many have brought his famous books to life in wonderful ways, there’s one in particular that certainly stands out as an enduring kids' classic. That, of course, is the 1996 movie Matilda. Released over twenty years ago, this tale about a neglected young genius who channels her frustrations through telekinesis continues to capture the imaginations of audiences to this day. Directed by funnyman Danny DeVito and starring Mara Wilson, Matilda gave hope to every young child who loved to read,
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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Will Be Set In Post-WWII France
Wes Anderson films are truly a genre all their own. His filmography is full of wildly eclectic, and yes, whimsical films that range from stop-motion animated films like “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Isle of Dogs” to eccentric family dramas like “The Royal Tenenbaums.” While they all share a similar style and tone, Anderson’s films are definitely very different. And it looks like his next film is going to fit that mold, as well.
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Blu-ray Review – Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle of Dogs, 2018.

Directed by Wes Anderson

Featuring the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDorman, Live Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and F. Murray Abraham.

Synopsis:

Wes Anderson is a modern day auteur who keeps cranking out movies for a loyal audience. He may never have a box office home run, but he’ll keep hitting doubles and triples. His latest effort is Isle of Dogs, which is available now on Blu-ray. The bonus features are scant, but he and Criterion are BFFs, so something more substantial is probably on the horizon.

I’d love to see Wes Anderson do more stop-motion animated films, since it’s a format well-suited to the world-building he does with every movie. Isle of Dogs is his second such film, after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it builds on
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‘Yellow Submarine’: A Dazzling Revival Everyone Should See (Especially the New Leaders of Pixar)

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‘Yellow Submarine’: A Dazzling Revival Everyone Should See (Especially the New Leaders of Pixar)
Just about every animated classic, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Spirited Away,” from “Toy Story” to “Persepolis,” from “Fritz the Cat” to “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” hits a ruling visual style and sticks to it. But there was a moment 50 years ago when one movie cartoon got high, floating above the rules and over the cracked psychedelic rainbow.

Has there ever been an animated feature as deliriously infectious, as blissed out on its eye-candy surrealism, or as sheerly madly gorgeous as “Yellow Submarine”?

The Beatles’ celebrated cartoon feature, directed by the Canadian animator George Dunning (who had overseen the Beatles’ weekly cartoon series for ABC-tv), came out in 1968, and it’s remarkable to consider that in all the years since, no mainstream animated feature has come close to matching — or even trying to match — its majestically trippy pop-art dazzle. If “Yellow Submarine” is a movie you grew up with,
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2019 Oscars: Best Animated Feature Predictions

There’s a wider range of indie movies joining the usual studio suspects in this year’s animation race. Disney/Pixar returns with “Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird’s superb advance on the original Oscar-winning 2004 superhero feature, while Disney Animation offers its own sequel to an Oscar-nominated original, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” (November 21), and Universal/Illumination will try to make its return to awards contention with another Dr. Seuss adaptation, “The Grinch” (November 9).

Longer shots include Aardman’s stop-motion “Early Man” (Lionsgate) and two Sony Animation entries, sequel “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” from director Genndy Tartakovsky, and the Phil Lord & Chris Miller-produced “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (December 14), a likely holiday hit with a wild stylistic look directed by animators-turned-directors Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman and Peter Ramsey (“Rise of the Guardians”). Are Lord and Miller now considered worthy of Oscar contention, with experienced animators in the directors’ chairs?
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