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Laika an American stop-motion animation studio specializing in feature films, commercial content for all mediums, music videos and short films have recently announced their new film for 2016. Laika known for their two Oscar nominations for Coraline, ParaNorman and most likely BoxTrolls for 2015 has announced their underway with their fourth installment with Focus Features. This will be the first movie in the the new three picture partnership between Laika and Focus. Their new film, Kubo and the two strings will be filmed in the company’s signature 3D stop motion and CG technique. The new film is described as a “sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.” The film is set for release on August 19, 2016.
The screenplay was written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman writer-director Chris Butler. CEO Travis Knight will be producing the film with Arianne Sutner who is known for working on the movie ParaNorman. The movie will feature a star-studded voice cast including, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Brenda Vaccaro. Art Parkinson, best known for his role on Game of Thrones playing Rickon Star will voice the title character Kubo.
The Sundance Film Festival has announced the film and installation selections for their upcoming edition, which will take place in Park City, Utah between January 22 and February 1, 2015. Among the sixty short film selections there are 13 animated projects. These 13 animated projects include:
1. Bath House / Sweden (Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Screenwriter: Jerker Virdborg)
Six characters meet in a public bathhouse: the pedant bathhouse manager, a couple with a strange way of communicating and a gang with shady intentions. Something goes wrong.
Norman Bridwell was an American author and cartoonist. He is best known for, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Norman Bridwell passed away December 12, 2014 at the age of 86. The first Clifford book was published in 1963, but not without a struggle. Bridwell’s manuscript was turned down by nine publishers before Scholastic accepted it, the company said.
Clifford is a 25-foot-tall dog owned by 8-year-old Emily Elizabeth. Clifford was originally to be named Tiny, Scholastic said, but Bridwell’s wife, Norma, suggested the dog be named after her childhood imaginary friend. Emily Elizabeth was named for the couple’s daughter. And Clifford’s fictional home, Birdwell Island, not only has a name similar to that of the Bridwell family, but resembles their own Martha’s Vineyard home.
“The magic of the character and stories Norman created with Clifford is that children can see themselves in this big dog who tries very hard to be good, but is somewhat clumsy and always bumping into things and making mistakes,” Robinson said in a statement. “What comforts the reader is that Clifford is always forgiven by Emily Elizabeth, who loves him unconditionally.” “At Scholastic, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our loyal and talented friend whose drawings and stories have inspired all of us and generations of children and their parents,” Robinson said.
DreamWorks Animation has pushed the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 from December 23, 2015 to March 18, 2016. The move means that Po and pals won’t compete head-to-head with the Disney juggernaut Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is slated for a December 18th release.
“Kung Fu Panda is one of DWA’s most treasured properties, and we want to make sure it is positioned where it has the best chance to reach the broadest audience,” Fox president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson told Deadline. “In reviewing the competitive landscape, which we do on an ongoing basis, we feel that the spring availability does just that — gives KFP the maximum amount of air to breathe in order to have a long, successful run.”
Last month DreamWorks delayed Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations from its June 2015 release to an as-yet-unannounced date. Currently, the studio’s lone 2015 release is Home on March 27.
Mune also known as the Guardian of the Moon is a fantasy film about a universe in which the sun and moon are protected by guardians. The movie is based off an original story idea by Benoit Philippon ( Director/Screenwriter of the live action, Lullaby of Pi). Benoir Philippon also co directed with Gobelins grad Alexandre Heboyan, a former Dreamworks animator of Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. The film will be released by French animation studio, Mikros Image and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures France. The film is scheduled to be released in France, April 22, 2015 and in Italy, February 6, 2015.
According to sources, the film was backed creatively by Glen Keane. It’s unclear if he had any direct involvement in the film. The film has already been picked up for distribution in Italy (Notorious Pictures), South Korea (Smile Entertainment, Middle East (Gulf Films), China (Domo Media), India (Zoom Entertainment), Russia (Volga Films), and Poland (Monolith Films), among other territories. An American distribution has not been named but with increase popularity and awareness of the film expected to draw attention in the upcoming months there might be hope.