Home (2015) Facts and Movie References

Here are some stellar facts about the movie Home. If you’re not familiar with the Dreamworks animation, I wrote a separate article detailing the movie. These facts may contain spoilers.

1. This movie is based on the book “The True Meaning of Smekday.”

2. Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci, voiced by Rihanna, is the first human black protagonist in a feature film by DreamWorks Animation. However Will Smith‘s character in Shark Tale (2004), though a fish, potentially making him the company’s first black protagonist, regardless of species.

3. If you look carefully in the convenient store scene, you can see a box of cheesy dibbles from penguins of Madagascar.

4. Tip, Rihanna‘s character, is from Barbados, just like the singer in real life.

5.The film features a Calico colored cat, the same coloration of the cat featured in the Disney movie Big Hero 6 (2014) which hit theaters 5 months prior.
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Annecy Film Festival Nominees (2015)

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut-out papers, modelling clay, etc.) The competition is classified in various categories; feature Films, short films, films produced for television and advertising, student films and films made for the internet. The features, many of which are co-productions, originate from 14 different countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and the United States. The festival will make history in 2015 with an all women jury.

1. Adama by Simon Rouby (France)

2. April and the Twisted World (Avril et le monde truqué) by Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares (France)

3. Long Way North by Rémi Chayé (Denmark, France)

4. Miss Hokusai by Keiichi Hara (Japan)

5. Mune by Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Philippon (France)

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The Little Prince (2015) New Trailer

The Little Prince is an upcoming French 3D computer animated film based on the 1943 novel, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupert. The film is directed by Mark Osborne that has worked on notable films of More, and Kung Fu Panda.His brother is Kent Osborne an American screenwriter, actor and producer and his work includes Spongebob SquarePants and Adventure Time.  The film is produced byAton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam and written by Irena Brignull. The films stars notable French, Canadian and  American actors like Marion Cotillard, James Franco,Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges. The film will be released in France on July 29, 2015  and has a estimated budget of $80 million. The film will make it’s debut at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The story centers on a pilot who crash-lands in the Sahara desert and comes across a little boy who says he is a prince fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince regales him with stories about his home and the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids. Bridges will be voicing the pilot and Marion Cotillard has the offer to voice the part of a rose. Wild Bunch is overseeing the film sales; US rights have gone to Paramount Vantage, while the film will be distributed by Entertainment One in Canada. Here is the official, The Little Prince website.

When Marnie Was There, US Trailer

1. Story and background of When Marnie was there.
2. GKIDS and Studio Ghibli Article