Wes Anderson’s New Stop Motion Film

Wes Anderson, famous for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox has decided to create a new film. Much like his film, Fantastic Mr. Fox he will be starting production of a new stop motion film. But instead of Foxes, he’s decided to create a stop motion film surrounded by dogs. Pre production has already begun but more details of the film should be leaked later within next year. I’m interested in seeing what his portrayal of dogs will be like considering throughout his movies like Moonrise Kingdom, a dog gets shot with an arrow. With his past films I expect this movie to be filled with vivid color, humor, hipster like music and adventure.

GKIDS and Studio Ghibli

GKIDS (Guerrilla Kids International Distribution Syndicate) is an American distributor based in New York City of animated and youth-aimed cinema. GKIDS organizes the New York International Children’s Film Festival and is an Academy Award qualifying event. Just recently GKIDS has just acquired North American rights for Studio Ghiblis, When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). The film opened in Japan last July with positive reviews. GKIDS will release an English-language version in the United States this spring and will qualify the film for 2015 award consideration. 
Omiode_no_Marnie_posterThe movie, When Marnie Was There is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi ( The Secret World Of Arrietty) and based on the British Children’s novel by Joan G. Robinson. The film follows a young girl who finds a mysterious girl while adventuring to an abandoned house. The screenplay was written by Yonehayashi with Keiko Niwa who is known for From Up on the Poppy Hill and Secret World of Arriety. Masashi Ando designed the characters and directed the animation.

GKIDS has released previous Ghibli films including From Up on Poppy Hill and The Tale of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya that has been nominated for Academy Award this year. GKIDS has also released a 2014 documentary about the studio, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. GKIDS handles all of the North American theatrical distribution rigs for the Studio Ghibli library.

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Thank you, Buzzfeed!

Last week I was informed of a recent article that was published on Buzzfeed. Being a long time fan of the American internet media news company i was notified from friends that on a recent rewind Buzzfeed article titled, 13 Movie Easter Eggs that Cleverly Reference Other Films by Brian Galindo accumulated a classic and win certification. Being a huge movie fan I decided to check out the article and was amazed to see what i found. The article was posted for only an hour and had already accumulated over 200,000 views. While reading the article i looked at number 12 on the list and noticed my very own animation blog. It’s a small link but in that short amount of time i also noticed a huge viewership to my animation blog. I wanted to say thank you for the small contribution from Buzzfeed and to inform people not to give up on writing something you enjoy, because one day it might be on the front page of a media website.

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Finding Dory (2016) Setting Revealed

The primary setting of Andrew Stanton‘s 2016 Pixar sequel, Finding Dory, has been revealed. While the film undoubtedly will take place in the ocean, a new interview with Pixar President Jim Morris revealed that the bulk of the movie – which follows Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) on a quest to remember her past and find her parents – takes place in another aquatic location. From what we’ve learned from yesterdays interview, the movie will take places at the “Marine Biology Institute of California” as a rehabilitation complex for marine and aquarium life. Dory will learn that she was born and raised there but will be released in the ocean still young.

By setting the story at the Marine Biology Institute, the door is opened for a ton of new characters, some of which we already know of. There are Dory’s parents Charlie and Jenny, voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, as well as a funny beluga whale, Bailey, voiced by Ty Burrell. We’d also heard Idris Elba and Dominic West.  The movie will be released June 17,2016 and more information will be released in the upcoming months.

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

With many setbacks, The Good Dinosaur has been scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015. The Good Dinosaur is an  American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It will be the Studio’s sixteenth feature film and will be directed by Peter Sohn. Peter Sohn has directed Ponyo(2009) and Partly Cloudy(2009). Bob Peterson came up with the idea for the story, but was removed from the film in 2013. Peter Sohn was then announced as new director on October 21 ,2014.
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Disney and TCM team up

It’s been recently announced that Turner Classic Movies is joining with two divisions of the Walt Disney Company on an agreement to promote change to the Great Movie Ride. The Great Movie Ride has been a long running attraction at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios section of Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is great news for both companies, Turner Broadcasting and Disney that have been rivals over the years.

Adco-superJumboIn return, TCM will receive “Presented by” credits at the attraction on posters, banners, display windows, and marquees that will help display the TCM logo. In return, Walt Disney Studios will provide TCM with vintage movies, cartoons, documentaries and episodes of TV series like “Disneyland” and “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.” Even though the block will be offered by TCM only four to five times a year this is still great news for both companies to promote each other.  I’m a huge fan of both TCM and Disney and am really looking forward to the changes.

2016 Disney Films: Zootopia and Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios has recently announced that Zootopia will be released March 6,2016 and Moana will be released November 26, 2016. Zootopia will be directed by Byron Howard who has worked on films such as Tangled, Bolt and Lilo & Stitch. Zootopia will be the 55th animated feature for Disney and will be produced by Clark Spencer who has also produced Lilo& Stitch and Wreck-it Ralph. The comedic adventure follows a fast talking fox named Nick Wilde who goes on a run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The animal city of Zootopia is divded by multiple neighborhoods  which top cop and self righteous rabbit, Lt. Judy Hops travels through to investigate Nick Wilde’s case. Unexpectedly, the fox and the rabbit must team up and discover that natural enemies can in fact, become best friends.
Moana is an upcoming hand-drawn/ computer animated film and will be the 56th film for Disney. The film is described as a “mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of island in the South Pacific.” Moana is the spirited teenager who sets sail to complete her ancestors quest where she teams up with demi-god Maui. She also encounters sea creatures, and different worlds based off of ancient folklore.  The film will be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. This will be there first fully computer animated film and Disney’s first Polynesian princess.