Fully Animated ‘Smurfs’ Reboot Coming in 2017

Smurfs concept art

Mark your calendars, because Sony Pictures Animation has set a 2017 date for its next trip to Smurf Village.

That might not sound like something to look forward to after the grating awfulness of the last couple of Smurfs movies, but this one’s different. Instead of a CG / live-action hybrid, it’s an entirely animated reboot that sticks more closely to the source material. More on the Smurfs release date after the jump.  Read More »

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Believe it or not, Inspector Gadget is over 30 years old at this point — he first came into being as an animated show from the mid-’80s. But older doesn’t always mean wiser, and that goes double in the case of this bionic detective. In the first trailer for Netflix’s new Inspector Gadget series, he proves to be as embarrassingly incompetent as ever.

Lucky for him, no one around him has changed much either. His much more capable niece Penny is still happy to help, as is her dog Brain, and Quimby (for some reason) continues to rely on him. Watch the new Inspector Gadget trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Leave it to the Internet to find controversy in the most unlikely place. Specifically, the faces of Disney characters. A few blogs have noticed that in the past several years, specifically in Disney and Pixar’s computer animated films, animators have used the exact same face shape for every single female character. That’s opposed to the male characters who have wildly varied facial constructions. What’s up with that? Check out the animated female Disney characters below. Read More »

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Disney’s Feast took home the Best Animated Short trophy at the Oscars this year, but for my money the real gem of that category was The Dam Keeper. Directed by Pixar alums Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, it told the poignant story of a bullied child. (Who happens to be a pig, because this is an animated movie.)

The filmmakers managed to cram quite a bit into 18 minutes, but now they’ll have a chance to explore the world a little bit further. They’ve revealed plans to develop a feature animation of The Dam Keeper, as well as two graphic novels. More on the planned Dam Keeper feature after the jump. Read More »

Genndy Tartakovsky Exits Sony’s ‘Popeye’

Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Six months ago we got a first look at Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Popeye, in the form of a promising test reel. Sadly, it now seems that may be the only look we’ll ever get at it.

The filmmaker reveals that he’s no longer working on the animated feature, and for that matter, studio Sony might not be anymore either. But fear not — he’s got another, even more ambitious-sounding project on his to-do list. Get the Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye update after the jump.  Read More »

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