Let’s get ready to…well, you know the drill. But there’s not anything routine about Paramount Animation, the still-fairly untested animation division of Paramount Pictures behind films like Wonder Park and Sherlock Gnomes. But Paramount Animation is starting to kick things into gear in 2020, partnering up with WWE Studios for a new film called Rumble.
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Toy Story 4 surprised us all earlier this summer by somehow providing an even more satisfying (possible) conclusion to the Pixar Animation franchise. The movie gave Woody (Tom Hanks) a proper send-off after following him for four adventures that significantly changed him along the way. But it almost gave Woody’s companion Bo Peep (Annie Potts) a much worse ending than what we saw, and it makes us wonder how it would have changed the rest of the film’s conclusion. Read More »
If there’s one Pixar Animation movie that doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves, it’s Ratatouille. While on the surface the movie is about cooking, it’s moreso about passion and realizing that everything you love is some kind of art. That includes building a LEGO set, and one brilliant master builder has created an incredible Ratatouille LEGO set of the final restaurant that Linguini and his little chef Remy start together. It’s not an official Ratatouille LEGO set, but it can be with your support. Read More »
At the beginning of the summer, we reported on Sony Pictures Animation expanding their scope to include international stories and alternative animated projects geared towards adults. One of those projects included a revival of the Adult Swim series The Boondocks, but unlike the original run of the series, the revival won’t be heading to cable. Instead, The Boondocks revival will be part of the upcoming HBO Max streaming service, and we’ve got details below on what the show’s return initially entails. Read More »
Big Mouth is coming back for a third season next month, and the first trailer for the all-new episodes has just arrived. When you see the hormone-fueled nastiness that’s in store for this season, you’ll be glad that the show has already been renewed for three more seasons after this. Nick (Nick Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), Jessi (Jessi Klein), Missy (Jenny Slate) and Jay (Jason Mantzoukas) are changing even more as they grow up, and that means new feelings, new hormone monsters, and much more.
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At the beginning of the year, we found out there was a Funko movie in development at Warner Bros. Animation. The collectible toy company has turned tons of characters from movies, TV shows, video games and more into collectible figures in their extensive POP line of vinyl figures, but they have a wide variety of stylized figures besides that. Now we’ll see if the toy company is popular enough to get butts into theaters for a Funko movie from a couple Pixar and Disney filmmakers. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Disney+ is currently available in the Netherlands as part of a sneak preview of the company’s new streaming service, and some of those early subscribers noticed that both X-Men: The Animated Series and Spider-Man: The Animated Series are available to stream. Their inclusion in the Disney+ library is news to us, but as someone who spent a considerable portion of my childhood watching these shows, I’m psyched to see them so easily available again.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Sound the Rogue One Klaxon: Lucasfilm Animation has a new logo.
The company, which was first established back in 2003, seems to be changing its logo for the first time in over a decade, when it used its old logo on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars theatrical feature film. Check out the new look below, which includes a helmet Lucasfilm Animation fans will likely recognize. Read More »
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Earlier this year, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced a nearly $2.5 billion theme park expansion, which included a new Disneyland Paris land that will bring the world of Arendelle to life from the global hit Frozen. Now, a new piece of concept art shows what the Frozen theme park expansion will look like, revealing the enchanting lake, Elsa’s ice palace, an expansive village, and a far-off mountain. Check it out below. Read More »
(Revisiting the Renaissance is a bi-weekly series in which Josh Spiegel looks back at the history and making of the 13 films of the Disney Renaissance, released between 1986 and 1999. In today’s column, he discusses the 1997 film Hercules.)
One of the best qualities of Disney feature animation is that it can be timeless. Some of the studio’s most charming masterpieces don’t feel like cinematic time capsules; they can be experienced at any age without the audience feeling lost. But one of the biggest successes of the Disney Renaissance was a film that somehow managed to be both timeless and very much of its time: the 1992 animated comedy Aladdin. For its directors, the two men who had played a major part in ushering in the era of the Renaissance, they could follow up this success with a new film that either tried to once again blend the timeless with a modern sensibility. Or they could avoid modernity all together with their next film.
Hercules, the 1997 film directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, takes little time in emphasizing that it would be following the same route Aladdin did, to slightly diminishing returns.
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