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Deep (Valve Corporation produced)

’9′ Director Teaming With Valve for Post-Apocalyptic Animated Film, ‘Deep’
Jun 11, 2012 by Sandy Schaefer

Three years ago, animator Shane Acker made his feature-length directorial debut with 9 - a big screen treatment of his Oscar-nominated short. It was a moderate financial success, grossing $48 million worldwide on a $30 million budget, and received mixed-to-positive marks from critics for its expanded version of the simple story featured in Acker’s original work (read out review, for additional insight).

However, what the 9 feature managed to do unequivocally is establish Acker as someone capable of creating mesmerizing CGI imagery – and constructing an alternate/sci-fi world that is unmistakably HIS, rather than the handiwork of producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.

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That’s all context for today’s announcement that Acker is teaming up with the Valve Corporation video game development and digital distribution company on a new computer-animated feature, titled Deep. According to the Chicago Tribune, Deep will employ Valve’s game production technology – used for series like Half-Life and Team Fortress - which will, in turn, allow for “real-time rendering, and editing, simplified character animation and economical lighting.”
Part of the logic behind said move is to prevent expenditures on Deep from rising above the relatively small $18.7 million target budget. As additional financial incentive: creating Deep with Valve’s tech also lends itself naturally to a video game tie-in – and if there’s any one trend which is all the rage in the movie biz nowadays (besides remaking/rebooting old properties), it’s releasing products with built-in multi-platform potential.

A screenshot from the 'Half-Life' series

Deep is an original story being scripted by Jack Barton Mitchell. Similar to 9, it is set in a “post-apocalyptic world, devastated by World War III”, though probably not an alternate-reality Earth, like in 9. The storyline follows the adventures of Sullivan, a nuclear submarine captain who discovers that a race of “super scientific intelligence” (called the Wayfarers) can save the planet from complete destruction – but at what cost, is the question.

As mentioned before: Acker’s involvement with Deep will ensure that it looks incredible, beyond the context of a digitally-animated film with a budget under $20 million. It’s also hard to knock any project that aspires to be genuinely creative from a storytelling perspective (see: our similar reaction to the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending), and Deep tweaks familiar dystopian/sci-fi tropes just enough to warrant attention. In other words: we’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

Since Deep is only in the early stages of pre-production, it’s best to not expect any updates on the film in the near future. All the same, Screen Rant will keep you posted on any information concerning its release date – including, whether or not Valve uses its online network, Steam, as an alternative means to distribute the movie.

Kazorn & The Unicorn (Sony Picture Animation)

Sony Animation In Talks With Kelly Asbury For ‘Kazorn & The Unicorn’

By DOMINIC PATTEN | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 4:58pm PDT
Tags: Kazom & The Unicorn, Kelly Asbury, Sony Pictures Animation

EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Asbury is in negotiations to direct Kazorn & The Unicorn for Sony Pictures Animation. Asbury co-wrote and directed 2011 Gnomeo and Juliet for Disney and co-directed Shrek 2 in 2004. Kazorn & the Unicorn follows the adventures of a young man and a unicorn as he seeks to locate a powerful weapon and prove his worth to his true love. Lloyd Taylor is writing the Unicorn screenplay. Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Russell Hollander are producing. Asbury is already scheduled to work with Sony Animation on Pooch Café, which he is writing. Asbury is also scheduled to direct Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll, a live-action/CGI-animated feature for Elton John and David Furnish’s Rocket Pictures. Asbury is repped by UTA and attorney Nancy Newhouse-Porter
The Jungle Book (DQ Entertainment Ireland Ltd)

DQ Entertainment Ireland Launches Feature Film Unit, Greenlights Animated ‘Jungle Book’ As First Project

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 9:52am PDT
Tags: DQ Entertainment Ireland, Tapaas Chakravarti, The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is the first of three classic titles set to be developed and produce by India-based animation house DQ Entertainment Ireland Ltd, which kicked off its theatrical features business last year with The Prodigies for Warner Bros, Onyx Films and Fidélité Films in France. Its first film under its new feature division, which it announced today, will be based on the Rudyard Kipling tale, a $45 million stereoscopic 3D animated film already in production and targeted for a 2014 release. Animation vets Jun Falkenstein and Kevin Johnson are co-directing a script by Madagascar writer Billy Frolick. Pre- and post-production will be based in LA, with animation to be handled at DQE’s Hyderabad, India, headquarters. DQE chairman and founder Tapaas Chakravarti is producing. Rollman Entertainment CEO Eric Rollman, a former president of Marvel Animation and Saban/Fox Family Productions, and DQE’S VP Intellectual Property Rouhini Jaswal are executive producing. “By leading off our slate with a 3D stereoscopic version of The Jungle Book, a classic and universally beloved story based in India, our home country, we’re making a bold statement to the industry — that DQE is committed to put the creative, technical and financial resources together to produce compelling, high-quality animation for all distribution channels,” Chakravarti said in a release.

Happy Smekday! (Dreamworks)

Jim Parsons and Rihanna to Voice DreamWorks Animation's Happy Smekday!
Source: DreamWorks Animation June 20, 2012

DreamWorks Animation today announced that Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons ("Harvey on Broadway" and "The Big Bang Theory") and international superstar Rihanna (Battleship) will star in the leading roles in Happy Smekday!, a feature film based on the critically acclaimed book "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex. The studio plans to release Happy Smekday! during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) will serve as the film's director. Chris Jenkins (Rio, Surf's Up) and Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2) are serving as producers and DreamWorks Animation's Head of Development Gregg Taylor is overseeing the project. Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart) are currently writing the screenplay.

"Adam's hilarious book is the perfect recipe for a compelling animated feature and we are ecstatic that Jim Parsons and Rihanna will contribute their immense talents to the production," said Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation's Chief Creative Officer. "We're also thrilled that Tim Johnson is back to direct another DreamWorks Animation feature film and show the world just how fun an alien invasion can be!"

"When I read Adam Rex's remarkable book, I knew it would make an amazing film. I can't wait to introduce audiences to the unique world and characters of 'Happy Smekday!'" added Tim Johnson.

In Happy Smekday! an alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl. The two become unlikely buddies and embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs, in which our alien hero learns what it really means to be human.
La Dreamworks Animation ha scelto la Fox per la distribuzione dei suoi film a partire da marzo 2013.

Da Badtaste:

20th Century Fox distribuirà i film DreamWorks Animation

La DreamWorks Animation ha annunciato di essere entrata in un accordo di distribuzione e marketing quinquennale con la Twentieth Century Fox. L'ultimo film a essere distribuito da Paramount Pictures (e in Italia da Universal Pictures International Italy) sarà Le 5 Leggende.

Il nuovo accordo prevede che dal 2013 al 2017 (con eventuale rinnovo) la Fox si occupi di promuovere e distribuire i titoli della DWA nel territorio nordamericano e in quelli internazionali. La FOX già produce e distribuisce film di animazione, attraverso la Blue Sky: il più recente è stato L'Era Glaciale 4. Secondo l'accordo, Fox otterrà lo stesso compenso che prendeva la Paramount (8%) sulla distribuzione cinematografica e home video mondiale in base agli incassi, oltre che per la distribuzione televisiva internazionale e per alcuni business digitali come video-on-demand e noleggi. DreamWorks Animation potrà distirbuire i propri prodotti nelle televisioni nordamericane senza pagare un compenso a Fox.
Un affare per la Fox!!
“Despicable Me’ Minions Spinoff (Illumination Entertainment)

“Despicable Me’ Minions Spinoff Dated 2014

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 8:35pm PDT
Tags: Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Untitled Minions Project

The Minions will next be seen in Despicable Me 2, which opens July 3, 2013. Today Universal Pictures scheduled Illumination Entertainment‘s Untitled Minions Project In 3D for Friday, December 19, 2014. The spinoff features the Minions characters from the 2010 hit Despicable Me and marks the 5th movie in Illumination’s partnership with Universal. With an all new storyline, Universal says the movie will take full advantage of the oddball Minions in settings with human characters. The 3D-CG comedy adventure will be produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy and will be directed by Pierre Coffin who with Chris Renaud also helmed the original movie and its upcoming sequel. The Minions Project is to be co-directed by Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay and Renaud will serve as executive producer.
Ecco i film Dreamworks dal 2013 al 2016 (saranno ben 4 nel 2015!):

The Croods - 22 marzo 2013
Scritto e diretto da Chris Sanders e Kirk DeMicco. Quando la loro caverna viene distrutta, i membri della famiglia Crood sono costretti a intraprendere una avventura epica nel mondo preistorico in cerca di una nuova casa. Con l'aiuto di un nomade di nome Guy, i Crood imparano a vincere le loro paure e scoprire cosa è necessario fare per sopravvivere... uno all'altro.

Turbo - 19 luglio 2013
Basato su un'idea originale di David Soren, regista del film e sceneggiatore assieme a Robert Siegel e Darren Lemke. La storia di una lumaca con un sogno impossibile: vincere la Indy 500. Quando uno strano incidente le fornisce una velocità straordinaria, Turbo cerca di realizzare questo sogno.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman - 1 novembre 2013
Diretto da Rob Minkoff e scritto da Craig Wright. Basato sul classico cartoon di Jay Ward, Mr. Peabody è la persona più intelligente del mondo, ma è... un cane. Quando il suo "cucciolo" Sherman utilizza la sua macchina del tempo WABAC senza il suo permesso, gli eventi nella Storia iniziano a confondersi con risultati comici.

Me and my Shadow - 14 marzo 2014
Diretto da Alessandro Carloni, scritto da Tom J. Astle e Matt Ember. Il film mescolerà animazione CG e animazione tradizionale. Dan, l'ombra del protagonista, decide di scappare per vivere la sua vita ma finisce per legarsi a Daniel Grubb, un timido ragazzo che non vorrebbe mai vivere una avventura. Quando le vite di entrambi vengono messe in pericolo Dan deve prendere controllo di Daniel, dando il via a una folle avventura nella quale entrambi impareranno il significato della vera amicizia.

Dragon Trainer 2 - 20 giugno 2014
Scritto e diretto da Dean DeBlois. Ispirato ai libri di Cressida Cowell.

Happy Smeakday! - 26 novembre 2014
Basato sul romanzo "The True Meaning of Smeakday", diretto da Tim Johnson e scritto da Tom J. Astle e Matt Ember. Quando l'alieno più fastidiosamente ottimista della galassia si ritrova in fuga dalla sua stessa razza aliena, l'unica cosa che può fare è unire le forze con quelle di una testarda ragazzina. Insieme diventeranno i due fuggitivi più improbabili in grado di salvare il pianeta.

I Pinguini di Madagascar - 27 marzo 2015
Diretto da Simon J. Smith, scritto da Michael Colton e John Aboud.

Trolls - 5 giugno 2015
Ispirato alle figure mitologiche. Diretto da Anand Tucker e scritto da Wallace Wollodarsky e Maya Forbes.

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations - 6 novembre 2015
Basato su un'idea di Tony Leondis, qui regista. Scritto da Tom Wheeler. I fantasmi come non li avete mai visti prima.

Mumbai Musical - 19 dicembre 2015
Diretto da Kevin Lima, scritto da David Sussman, con testi di Stephen Schwartz e musiche da A.R. Rahman. Il primo musical di Bollywood animato della DreamWorks, ispirato alla storia epica Ramayana ma vista dal punto di vista delle scimmie.

Kung Fu Panda 3 - 18 marzo 2016
Diretto da Jennifer Yuh Nelson, scritto da Jonathan Aibel e Glenn Berger.

Dragon Trainer 3 - 18 giugno 2016
Scritto e diretto da Dean DeBlois. Ispirato ai libri di Cressida Cowell.

Fonte: Badtaste
CITAZIONE (Beast @ 10/9/2012, 10:24) *
Ecco i film Dreamworks dal 2013 al 2016 (saranno ben 4 nel 2015!):

Fonte: Badtaste

Davvero complimenti alla DreamWorks, tantissimi film originali clapclap.gif clapclap.gif , a parte Dragon Trainer 2-3 che sono curioso di capire come continuerà e Kung fu panda 3 , visto il 2, necessita del sequel per capire come va a finire con i panda ancora "vivi". I pinguni era normale che lo sfruttassero.
Per il resto attendo The Croods da tantissimo tempo, su per giù risale ai tempi dell'annuncio di The Rise of the Guardian, entrambi mi hanno sempre incuriosito tantissimo.
Curiosissimo anche per Mr.Peabody, Me and my shadows (per vedere l'utilizzo di cgi e 2D) , Troll (!!!) di cui non si sapeva nulla e che potrebbe essere davvero interessante, e Mumbay (diritti che la Disney si è lasciata scappare)... tranne per il fatto che abbiano deciso di utilizzare delle scimmie , per il resto mi sembra che abbiano puntato su dei nomi di tutto rispetto, basti vedere il regista e chi c'è dietro ai testi rolleyes.gif
The Great Migration CMI Entertainment

Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale Get Animated For The Great Migration
Source: The Hollywood Reporter September 20, 2012

CMI Entertainment has announced, via The Hollywood Reporter, plans for their first animated feature, The Great Migration. The voice talents include High School Musical stars Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, Logan Henderson and Kendall Schmidt of "Big Time Rush" fame, Ashley Benson ("Pretty Little Liars") and Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen). The entire cast will also perform songs for the films' soundtrack.

The film follows a group of characters (no word on whether or not they're human) who run afoul of a predator that threatens their environment.

Michael Cammarata, Rob Minkoff and the elder Schmidt brother will produce with production beginning in November.
Tobey Maguire to Produce and Possibly Star in CARDBOARD
by Dave Trumbore Posted: September 7th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Cardboard Fox Animation

Actor Tobey Maguire is flexing his child-like imagination with Cardboard, an adaptation of Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel that sees cardboard creations come to life. Maguire is set to executive produce the project through his banner, Material Pictures, alongside TenNapel and the Gotham Group. The Fox Animation acquisition would be animated by WedgeWorks, with Chris Wedge (Ice Age) eyeing the director’s chair. Cardboard follows a down-on-his-luck father who gives his young son a crappy birthday present (a cardboard box), which comes to life once they shape it into a man. Hit the jump for more.

Variety reports that Maguire, who voiced a character in Cats & Dogs, may also star in Cardboard if the project moves forward. The actor, unfortunately, won’t be seen in the upcoming Ang Lee film, Life of Pi, since the director recently cut him from the picture. There’s a much better chance of spotting Maguire in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby when it debuts next summer.

TenNapel also has two other projects in the works based off of his previous novels: Ghostopolis at Disney and Monster Zoo with Paramount.

Here’s the book description for Cardboard (via Amazon):

When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!

E potevano mancare i Peanuts al cinema?

The Peanuts (Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios)

Charles Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ In Feature Deal With Fox Animation And Blue Sky Studios

By MIKE FLEMING | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 10:46am EDT
Tags: Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation, Peanuts


BREAKING: 20th Century Fox Animation and Ice Age makers Blue Sky Studios will turn Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and the whole Peanuts gang into an animated feature film franchise. Fox has closed a deal for rights to turn the strip by the late Charles Schulz into a film that has already been set for release on November 25, 2015. That date commemorates the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Fox Animation has set director Steve Martino, who co-directed the Fox/Blue Sky hit Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! and Fox Animation’s latest blockbuster, Ice Age: Continental Drift. The screenplay is by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano. Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, who are Schulz’s son and grandson, will produce with Uliano.

Deal came after two years of rights negotiations with the Schulz family, culminating in a agreement announced by Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison. So much of the family film game is built around branded properties, and few family brands are as well known globally as Peanuts.

The Schulz strip was read daily by 355 million people in 75 countries and spawned such Emmy-winning specials as It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Also playing a key role in the deal was Neil Cole, CEO and president of Iconix Brand Group which, in a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, formed Peanuts Worldwide in 2010, the home to the global Peanuts property. Fox Animation director of development Ralph Millero worked closely with Morrison and with the Schulz estate in securing the rights to the property.

Said Fox Animation’s Morrison: “We are thrilled to partner with the Schulz family and Iconix and honored to bring the Peanuts characters to the big screen. This all started with our love and respect for the work of Charles Schulz. We thank the Schulz family and Iconix for letting Fox and Blue Sky bring his vision to new generations of film goers.”

Craig Schulz, President, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, said, “We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father.”

Said Iconix Brand Group CEO Cole: “This is a momentous step for the Peanuts brand. The beloved characters, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang resonate with multiple generations all over the world. This film will give us a new medium in which to engage consumers globally and showcase the power of the Peanuts brand.

CAA brokered the deal along with the Ziffren law firm.
CITAZIONE (Scissorhands @ 9/10/2012, 21:31) *
E potevano mancare i Peanuts al cinema?

certo che no Roftl.gif Roftl.gif Immagino sia in CGI huh.gif ...
CITAZIONE (Claudio @ 10/10/2012, 14:05) *
certo che no Roftl.gif Roftl.gif Immagino sia in CGI huh.gif ...

essì miseriaccia... già tremo!
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony Animation)

Sony Books Date For ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 4:20pm PST
Tags: Hotel Transylvania, Sony Pictures

Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania launched huge at the end of last month and finished its opening frame No. 1 with $43 million, breaking the all-time September opening-weekend record and becoming the unit’s top-grossing debut ever. Its domestic cume has reached $137.5 million so far and it’s on the shortlist for the animated feature Oscar. It’s no surprise that the studio wants another one and has set a September 25, 2015 release date for it. So far the competition that week is Fox’s animated ghost pic B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, starring Seth Rogen.
The Nut Job (ToonBox Entertainment / Redrover Co, Ltd)

Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser Lend Voices To Animated ‘The Nut Job’

By MIKE FLEMING JR. | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 4:04pm EST
Tags: Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, Peter Lepeniotis, The Nut Job, Will Arnett


EXCLUSIVE: The animated feature The Nut Job has drawn a voice cast that will be led by Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, and Jeff Dunham. The feature, which Peter Lepeniotis will direct based on his 2005 short film Surly Squirrel, is a co-production between Canada-based ToonBox Entertainment and Korea-based Redrover Co, Ltd. Redrover is financing with plans to release next year.

Written by veteran Disney animation scribe Lorne Cameron (Brother Bear, Over The Hedge), The Nut Job is an action-packed comedy set in the late 1950s in fictional Oakton. Pic follows the travails of the mischievous squirrel Surly and his rat pal Buddy as they plan a nut store heist that gets out of hand.

Thom Chapman and Graham Moloy are producing and Daniel Woo, Hong Kim, Mike Karz, and Tom Yoon are executive producers, in association with Gulfstream, headed by Karz and Bill Bindley. Gulfstream will make the distribution deal.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the cast that’s being assembled for our first feature,” said Chapman, ToonBox vice president. “They have brought the film to a whole new level. Each voice is perfect for their respective roles, and they truly make the characters come alive.”

Lepeniotis has worked with Pixar Animation Studios and ILM and as an animator on such films as Fantasia 2000 and Toy Story 2. His first project with ToonBox was the animated TV series Bolt’s & Blip. Heigl, Fraser and Dunham are represented by CAA, Arnett and Gadon by WME and Lang by Innovative. Gadon’s also repped by Creative Drive Artists in Canada.
Turkeys (ReelFx produced/ Relativity distributed)

Relativity & Reel FX Team Up For Animated ‘Turkeys’

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 5:49pm PDT
Tags: Reel FX, Relativity Media, Turkeys

Relativity Media and Reel FX will jointly finance and produce the animated comedy for a 2014 release. Turkeys features two birds from opposite sides of the tracks that join forces and travel through time to get their species off people’s plates. Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson will provide the voices of the two lead turkeys. Turkeys will be directed by Horton Hears A Who!’s Jimmy Hayward. David I. Stern and John Strauss wrote the screenplay with a rewrite by Craig Mazin. Scott Mosier, Mazin, Strauss and Stern will produce. Relativity will distribute the film worldwide. Reel FX is a Dallas and Santa Monica-based fully integrated movie studio that develops and produces both animated films and live action movies.
CITAZIONE (Scissorhands @ 26/11/2012, 19:13) *
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony Animation)

[i]Sony Books Date For ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

era inevitabile laugh.gif Potevano non sfruttare questo inaspettato successo?
Day of the Dead diventa Book of life e verrà distribuito dalla Fox
Fox Animation Picks Up Guillermo del Toro’s Day of the Dead Movie BOOK OF LIFE for Release in October 2014
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: December 12th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

We learned in February that Guillermo del Toro signed on to produce an animated movie about the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead directed by Jorge R. Guiterrez. THR reports that Fox Animation has acquired the picture, now titled Book of Life, and plans to release it on October 10, 2014. Fox and the filmmakers aren’t ready to release the full logline just yet, but we heard back in February that Book of Life tells “a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop.”

Fox Animation has a decade-long partnership with Blue Sky Studios (the guys behind the Ice Age series) that will continue with Epic, Rio 2, and the Peanuts movie everyone wants. But their upcoming slate adds a few more in-house productions like Book of Life, Walking with Dinosaurs, and Welcome to the Jungle. Del Toro has his own partnership with Dreamworks Animation, so I’m surprised they didn’t grab Book of Life. I am happy to see the project find any studio home, since a quick search on Google images pretty much guarantees an animated Day of the Dead film will pop on screen.
In casa Dreamworks Animation arrivano le ripercussioni per il flop delle 5 Leggende.
Il numero di film in uscita nel 2013 è ridotto a due, con il rinvio di Mr. Peabody and Sherman a marzo 2014; evidentemente non si fidano più del periodo novembre-dicembre (anche il Gatto non aveva brillato).
Contemporaneamente, Me & My Shadow, previsto proprio per inizio 2014, è stato rimosso dal calendario uscite ed è tornato in fase di sviluppo.
L'aspetto più triste è che questo cambio di scaletta comporterà molto presto vari licenziamenti.
CITAZIONE (Beast @ 6/2/2013, 9:55) *
In casa Dreamworks Animation arrivano le ripercussioni per il flop delle 5 Leggende.
Il numero di film in uscita nel 2013 è ridotto a due, con il rinvio di Mr. Peabody and Sherman a marzo 2014; evidentemente non si fidano più del periodo novembre-dicembre (anche il Gatto non aveva brillato).
Contemporaneamente, Me & My Shadow, previsto proprio per inizio 2014, è stato rimosso dal calendario uscite ed è tornato in fase di sviluppo.
L'aspetto più triste è che questo cambio di scaletta comporterà molto presto vari licenziamenti.

Per me è evidente che la causa sia il flop di Rise of the Guardian sad.gif E immaggino che Me & My Shadow sia stato annullato perchè o troppo maturo, o giusto per trovare il tempo di renderlo più commedia e mettere più battute per renderlo tutto risate ... sad.gif
Mr Peebody & Sherman (3/7/14)
Me and My Shadow
Annunciato il prossimo film LAIKA: The Boxtrolls aka Here be Monsters (10/17/2014)

Focus Features Seals Pact For LAIKA Pic ‘The Boxtrolls’

By MIKE FLEMING JR | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 12:17pm EST
Tags: Big Deals Film, Focus Features, LAIKA, The Boxtrolls


BREAKING: Moments after setting a deal with Random House Studio for Longbourne, Focus Features has locked its third animated movie project with ParaNorman and Coraline partner LAIKA. This one is called The Boxtrolls, which is in production, and Focus will release it October 17th, 2014. Focus has worldwide distribution rights and Universal Pictures International will release the movie overseas (with eOne Distribution handling Canada).

The Boxtrollsis a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. It’s directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

The Here Be Monsters deal was brokered by Hotchkiss And Associates.

The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs, since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change — and cheese.
Alla Illumination confermano il remake CGI de Il Grinch

Illumination’s Chris Meledandri To Re-Animate ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:51pm PST
Tags: Chris Meledandri, Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Illumination

Chris Meledandri‘s Illumination Entertainment is working on a new animated version of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas for Universal Pictures. Pete Candeland is set to direct with Meledandri producing. A writer has not yet been named. The Grinch‘s most recent screen appearance was Universal’s 2000 live-action version with Jim Carrey but Chuck Jones’ animated version from 1966 remains one of the most popular Seuss adaptations. The new version of The Grinch is Meledandri’s third Dr. Seuss project, and Illumination has developed a good relationship with Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel’s widow Audrey Geisel who will again serve as executive producer. Meledandri previously made Horton Hears A Who through Fox and Blue Sky Studios and The Lorax via Illumination for Universal.
The Boxtrolls (LAIKA) (10/17/2014)
How the Grinch Stole the Christmas (Illumination)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return aka Dorothy of Oz
Zio Paperone
Visto che è stato segnalato Hotel Transylvania 2, Scissboard in passato ti avevo segnatlato dello spin-off dei Pinguini di Madagascar che uscirà il 27 Marzo 2015
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Mumbai Musical (Working Title) Fox 3/18/16 12/18/15
Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox 12/23/15 3/18/16
Relativity's Turkeys is Now Free Birds
Source: Relativity Media
March 27, 2013

Relativity Media's animated, Thanksgiving-themed family comedy Turkeys has undergone a title change and will now be released as Free Birds. It is still being targeted to hit theaters on November 1.

Directed by Jimmy Hayward, Free Birds is an animated comedy that follows two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the menu for good.

Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney and Keith David provide voices.



Open Road Acquires U.S. Rights On ‘The Nut Job’

04.11.13 | 09:00AM PT
Animated comedy set for Jan. 17 release

Dave McNary
Film Reporter

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the 3D animated comedy “The Nut Job” and set a Jan. 17, 2014 as the release date.

The project is a collaboration between ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures. Producers are Graham Moloy and WK Jung; exec producers are Mike Karz and Bill Bindley of Gulfstream Pictures, Jay Ahn, Daniel Woo, Hong Kim and Tom Yoon.

Characters in the toon are voiced by Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham. Peter Lepeniotis directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lorne Cameron.

Story centers on a mischievous squirrel (voiced by Arnett) and his rat friend who plan a nut store heist and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated adventure.

The film is based on Lepeniotis’ 2005 short film “Surly Squirrel.”
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Shaun The Sheep Aardman

Studiocanal, Aardman Animations Team For ‘Shaun The Sheep’ Feature
By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:42 UKTags: Aardman Animations, Shaun The Sheep, StudioCanal
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The stop-motion animated TV series Shaun The Sheep first aired on the BBC’s CBBC in 2007 and has been sold in over 170 countries. France’s Studiocanal will finance the feature version of the popular kids show from Aardman Animations. Studiocanal will also distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and handle international sales.

The family film, written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, will see the titular character and his flock venture into the big city to rescue their farmer.

This is the first collaboration between Studiocanal and Aardman and will be one of Studiocanal’s lead pre-sales titles in Cannes where I understand the company will dedicate a day to Shaun.
Già sapevo di Shaun e non vedo l'ora che esca smile.gif !
Ratchet & Clank (2015) (Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment)

“Ratchet & Clank” Get an Animated Movie in 2015
by Dan Casey on APRIL 23, 2013

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of playing Insomniac Games and Sony Computer Entertainment’s Ratchet & Clank series has probably thought to themselves, “Hey, this kind of feels like a movie! Why isn’t this a movie yet?” Well, today your inner monologues were answered, as Variety revealed that Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment are teaming up to bring the delightful dynamic duo to the big screen, with a target release of 2015.

First introduced in 2002, the games themselves play out like an alternate reality Pixar film. Ratchet, the last of the lombax (the Mohican equivalent of marmoset-lemur-chimera creatures), and his trusty stainless steel sidekick Clank, a dapper but diminuitive robot, attempt to defend the Solana Galaxy from nefarious alien villains like Chairman Drek, fallen superhero Ace Hardlight, and Ultron-by-way-of-Kang equivalent Professor Nefarious. Can’t you just picture it coming together already?
Given that the film is based on a script by Insomniac Games senior writer TJ Fixman, fans worried about maintaining the game’s signature style and off-kilter humor should rest easy, especially after watching the official announcement trailer. Directed by Jericca Cleland, the film also promises to keep much of the original voice talent intact with James A. Taylor (Ratchet), David Kaye (Clank), and Jim Ward (Qwark) already attached to the project. Your move, Wreck-It-Ralph 2.
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Angry Birds (7/1/2016) (Rovio Entertainment produced/Sony distributed)

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Sony Pictures has won the worldwide distribution rights on the upcoming “Angry Birds” animated movie and has set a July 1, 2016 release.

The 3D film is being developed, produced, and financed by Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the original app. “Despicable Me” producer John Cohen will produce with David Maisel exec producing.

First appearing as a mobile app in 2009, “Angry Birds” has since expanded its business to entertainment, publishing, and licensing and is still the number one most downloaded app of all time.

“Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate,” Sony’s Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Sony’s Co-Chairman Amy Pascal said in a joint statement. ” There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table.”

As for Rovio, the pic will mark the companies first feature though they have helped produce the weekly animated series, which premiered in March. The series was launched through its Angry Birds apps as well as on select video-on-demand channel providers, Smart TVs, connected devices, and on select TV networks around the world.

Ballerina (Gaumont/Quad)

‘Ballerina’: Quad, Gaumont Dance Pas de Deux (EXCLUSIVE)

Gaumont is set to reteam with Quad, the shingle behind “The Intouchables,” on “Ballerina,” a $30 million English-language 3D family toon.

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Now in pre-production, the 1884-set animated fare, helmed by Canadian duo Eric Warin and Eric Summer, tells the tale of Felice, an 11-year-old orphan girl from Brittany who dreams of becoming a ballerina at the Paris Opera. Together with Corentin, a little boy she meets at the orphanage, Felice flees to Paris to chase her dream.

Ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”) has been tapped to supervise the choreography. Motion capture will be used to record Millepied’s performance. Bruno Coulais (“Farewell My Queen”) wrote the original score.

Nicolas Duval, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou are producing. Gaumont is co-producing, and reps “Ballerina” for international markets and will distribute in Gaul. Meanwhile, eOne has nabbed all distribution rights for Canada.

Gaumont is in talks to close the U.K., all of Eastern Europe, South Korea and Benelux.

Although Gaumont has been involved in animated films before, “Ballerina” is the first bigger-budget mainstream animated feature that the shingle has boarded. The French company is positioning it as a family movie that targets the same demo as Hollywood animated tentpoles — a premise that’s highly attractive to indie distributors looking to tap into the audiences’ appetite for event toon features.

“The script, the settings and the main characters deliver inspirational Disney values, such as never abandoning your dream, finding your destiny, the importance of friendship and family,” said Cecile Gaget, head of Gaumont Intl. Gaget added that Paris plays a key part in “Ballerina.”

Toon will be delivered in mid-2016 for an expected release in December 2016.

Larrikins (Dreamworks Animation)

DreamWorks Animation Goes to The Outback with Larrikins
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Award-winning composer, comedian, actor and writer Tim Minchin is joining DreamWorks Animation, lending his signature creative energy to a new musical project set in the Australian outback. Currently titled Larrikins, which is Australian slang for mischievous youth, this all-animal comedy is an original idea written by Harry Cripps ("Supernova") and produced by Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians, National Treasure).

"Our whole team is incredibly excited about this project," said Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke. "We've been looking to work with the immensely talented Tim Minchin on something for a while, and there is no doubt that this project is a perfect fit. He and Harry Cripps will be a fantastic team."

Minchin, who will likely take on a larger creative role in addition to writing the music/lyrics for the film, co-wrote "Matilda the Musical" which was awarded a 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and is currently nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score.

Says Minchin, "I was lucky enough to grow-up in Western Australia and know that the Australian outback is vast and spell-binding and heart-stoppingly beautiful, and the characters that inhabit it are unique and hilarious and tough and cheeky. I am hugely excited to be working with Harry and the DreamWorks Animation team in their mission to capture some of this unique aesthetic and quirky, iconoclastic culture on film. It's going to be bloody good fun."

Larrikins tells the story of an uptight bilby (a desert-dwelling marsupial), who has lived a sheltered life in the safety of his family burrow. When he ventures out and becomes privy to a dangerous secret, he finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the mystical and untamed Australian outback. The film will be managed by DreamWorks Animation Head of Development Gregg Taylor and Development Executive Amie Karp.

È la dreamworks si butta sui musical smile.gif che soddisfazione... Erano anni che aspettavo questo momento... A causa di shrek per un decennio la Disney ha cercato di emulare maldestramente lo stile dreamworksiano , senza riscuotere molto successo ( tengo a specificare che nell'ultimo decennio i film Disney sono stati sempre una o due o anche tre spanne sopra qualunque drimuorcs qualitativamente, ma purtroppo al botteghino non hanno riscosso) ... Ora grazie a rapunzel e la drimuorcs che finalmente cerca di imitare lo stile Disney ... Di nuovo!! Corso e ricorsi storici... Spero che la Disney abbia imparato a non sottovalutarsi più in futuro e che la drimuorcs sta sempre sotto XD XD

Noah Baumbach Has Been Secretly Directing DreamWorks Animation’s FLAWED DOGS
by Adam Chitwood Posted 2 days ago

While filmmaker Noah Baumbach first rose to prominence with 2005’s The Squid and the Whale, the director has been taking a rather stealthy approach to his projects as of late. He filmed this year’s excellent Frances Ha on the cheap and in secret, only confirming its existence when it had completed production, and we know next to nothing about his currently in-production effort While We’re Young. Well now you can add yet another secret project to Baumbach’s resume, as he has apparently been covertly directing DreamWorks Animation’s Flawed Dogs in his spare time. Hit the jump for more.

An adaptation of Berkeley Breathed’s illustrated novel Flawed Dogs has been in development at DreamWorks Animation for nearly three years now, but it appears that movement on the project is further along than we previously thought. Bleeding Cool reports that Baumbach is directing the pic and has been working in secret on the project for some time. The story centers around a dachshund who must reclaim his place in the family after being wrongly exiled by a jealous show dog. It’ll be interesting to see how well Breathed’s distinctive imagery is translated to the screen, but I’m eager to see an animated film completely from the mind of Baumbach.

The release of Flawed Dogs is likely still some time away, as DWA has its schedule pretty much set through 2016; that gives Baumbach ample time to juggle his live-action projects with his duties on the animated feature. This isn’t the Greenberg director’s first time working with DreamWorks Animation, as he previously co-wrote Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Of course he also co-wrote Wes Anderson’s brilliant stop-motion animated feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
W.I.S.H. Police (Reel Fx)
Reel FX Sets Animated Film ‘W.I.S.H. Police’

By MIKE FLEMING JR | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT
Tags: Big Deals Film, Cyrus Voris & Ethan Reiff, Reel FX Animation Studios, WISH Police


EXCLUSIVE: Reel FX Animation Studios has set Kung Fu Panda scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff to script W.I.S.H. Police, an animated film that is based on an original short story by Daniel Nayeri. The film will be directed by Headless Productions’ Victor Maldonado, Adrian Garcia and Alfredo Torres. It’s a police procedural revolving around the Imaginary Crimes Unit, a worldwide creature force tasked with monitoring and apprehending Wicked Ideas Suddenly Human (W.I.S.H.). Those are the malevolent wishes that people utter in moments of anger, and evil criminals work to make reality. When a young boy gets jealous of his sister and wishes her out of his life, the W.I.S.H. Police are called in for a tough one. After all, the brat made his wish on a star, while he blew out his birthday cake and held a four-leaf clover in his hand. Yikes. Reel FX hatched Free Birds with Relativity, which releases the film November 1, followed by The Book Of Life with Fox, which will be released October 3, 2014. An adaptation of the Beasts Of Burden comic series is next. The scribes are repped by UTA and Field Entertainment. The directors are repped by UTA and Anonymous.
Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (Animal Logic produced, Fox distributed)

VFX House Animal Logic Will Lead Animation on BBC's 'Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'
12:35 AM PST 1/28/2011 by Pip Bulbeck
Following up last year's 'Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole,' Animal Logic will also work on 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.'

SYDNEY -- After making Australia’s first 3D animated feature last year, Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole, vfx and production house Animal Logic is to lead the animation and visual effects work on BBC Worldwide’s AUS$65 million ($64 million) 3D feature Walking With Dinosaurs.

Sausage Party (Nitrogen Studios Canada Inc, Sony distributed)

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to Throw a Sausage Party
Source: Sony Pictures, Annapurna Pictures
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Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures will partner on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party, written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, to be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3) & Greg Tiernan, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and by Megan Ellison. Annapurna Pictures and Point Grey Pictures are producing.

After Point Grey and Annapurna packaged the film and presented it to the studio, Sony agreed to co-finance it with Annapurna. The film will be produced by Megan Ellison, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Conrad Vernon. The executive producers are Jonah Hill, James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir. Nitrogen Studios Canada Inc., in Vancouver, will handle all CG animation, design, production and post-production. Sony Pictures will release the film worldwide and the studio is eyeing a release date in 2015.

Sausage Party is a raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, "We're thrilled to be back in business with Seth and Evan. This project has all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect from them. Matching their unique comic sensibility with an animated film is a fun and inspired idea. We are confident Seth, Evan, Conrad and Greg will deliver one of the most memorable animated movies of all time."

Rogen and Goldberg most recently wrote and directed the $100 million hit Sony Pictures comedy This is the End and are currently working on upcoming films The Interview (also for Sony Pictures) and The Neighbors.

Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio along with Minghella. David Distenfeld will oversee the project for Annapurna.


'Minions' Movie Pushed Back From Christmas 2014 to Summer 2015
10:52 AM PDT 9/20/2013 by Pamela McClintock
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The move leaves Universal without an animation tentpole next year but allows the studio to open the movie in the same corridor that "Despicable Me 2" debuted.

Universal is pushing back the release of Illumination Entertainment's untitled Minions spinoff movie from Dec. 19, 2014, to July 10, 2015.

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The delay means the studio won't have an animated film next year, and comes only days after Disney and Pixar announced they were pushing The Good Dinosaur from 2014 to 2015, likewise leaving Pixar without a film release during a calendar year for the first time since 2005.
Considering this summer's animation glut, it's no surprise that Hollywood studios are shuffling their release schedules, even if it means longer periods between films.
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Studio insiders say Universal was so happy with the July 2013 release date for Illumination's Despicable Me 2 that it decided to open Minions in roughly the same corridor. Despicable 2, debuting on July 2, has grossed a staggering $840.5 million to date.
Universal had already staked out July 3, 2015, for an untitled Illumination movie; that project is being pushed back to Feb. 12, 2016.
Universal is likely relinquishing the July 3, 2015, date -- opting instead to open Minions on July 10 -- because of the crowded playing field, including the Terminator reboot and Independence Day 2. Both of those tentpoles are likely to get some amount of family traffic.
The Addams Family (MGM)
‘Addams Family’ Reborn As Animated Movie At MGM (EXCLUSIVE)


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Just in time for Halloween — the durable Addams Family is heading for another incarnation, this time as an MGM animated movie.

MGM is in final negotiations with BermanBraun’s Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun to produce an animated film based on the comedically macabre clan, based on the cartoons created by Charles Addams.

Pamela Pettler, whose credits include “Corpse Bride” and “Monster House,” has been signed to write the screenplay. The film will be exec produced by Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi.

The Addams Family originated in 150 single panel cartoons by Addams, about half of which were published in The New Yorker between 1938 and Addams’ death in 1988. The characters became famous through ABC’s sitcom, which ran for two seasons between 1964 and 1966 and led to several other TV series, two Paramount live-action films and most recently a Broadway musical.

Chris Meledandri’s Illumination had been developing a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion “The Addams Family” movie, but disclosed earlier this year that it had ditched the project.

MGM and BermanBraun announced in June that they had signed a first-look film deal as part of an overall pact to develop content across broadcast and cable.

BermanBraun’s roster of shows include NBC’s series “Camp,” HGTV’s “Garage Sale Wars” and Showtime’s “Polyamory.” The banner is also developing Ben Stiller’s “Rentaghost” at Fox and an adaptation of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.”

BermanBraun also announced last week that it was teaming with AOL to overhaul the Moviefone service as a broader destination for entertainment news and content.

Ottimo!! Un altro film da aggiungere alla lista di film da guardare per Halloween smile.gif
Robodog (Marza Animation Planet Inc.)

Chris Colfer and Ron Perlman Will Lend Their Voices to RoboDog
Source: Marza Animation Planet
January 28, 2014 Tweet21
Golden Globe winners Chris Colfer ("Glee") and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) will lend their voices to Marza Animation Planet Inc.'s first original 3D CG animated film, RoboDog, to be directed by the Oscar-nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Gnomeo & Juliet), it was announced today by Marza's CEO, Masanao Maeda. Also revealed was a first look at the film's animated canine heroes, which you can check out at the bottom of this page.

Written by Robert Reece (The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning) and William Schneider, RoboDog is produced by Paul Wang (Astro Boy) and will be edited by studio veteran Tom Finan (Mr. Peabody & Sherman).

RoboDog is said to be a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn't be more different. KC (Kinetic Canine) (Colfer) is a bright, energetic but overzealous robotic dog, while Marshall (Perlman) is an old, curmudgeonly "real" dog, set in his ways and has little patience for anything new. This canine odd couple embarks on the adventure of a lifetime where each will learn the true nature of friendship, and not to judge a book by its cover.

"We are absolutely ecstatic that Chris has chosen 'RoboDog' as his first foray into animation. Coupled with Ron's extraordinary voiceover work, the duo's talent will make for great chemistry onscreen. Timeless Films is by far the perfect fit for the project due to their expertise in both producing and selling animated films overseas," said Maeda.

"We are thrilled to be working with Marza and the production team on this wonderfully original film and look forward to presenting it to all of our international distribution partners in Berlin," said Ralph Kamp, Chairman and CEO of Timeless Films.

"Chris and Ron are the perfect actors to play KC and Marshall as their voices exemplify the qualities of each character. Chris has an appealing, youthful voice which fits right in with our lead character, KC, who is above all a charismatic entertainer. Ron's voice demands authority, but also has a soft, vulnerable side which works very well for Marshall who comes across as a grouch, but is really a sensitive dog dealing with his past," said Anderson.

"The kid in me is barely being contained right now. I'm so happy to get the chance to work on my first animated film with this wonderful team," said Colfer.

Currently in pre-production with voiceover work set to start on February 1st, UK-based Timeless Films is handling international rights to the project, and will present it to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.

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Sly Cooper (Rainmaker Entertainment)

First Trailer for Animated SLY COOPER Film
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The latest entry into the world of video game adaptations for the big screen may come as a bit of a surprise. Animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment and indie production company Blockade Entertainment are teaming up to create a 3D CG-animated feature based on PlayStation’s popular franchise, Sly Cooper. Written and directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT), the film follows the title character – a raccoon descended from a long line of thieves – along with his friends Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo as they race to assemble pieces of a Cooper family heirloom. The first teaser trailer gives a great look at the new interpretations of the main characters as well as establishing the tone of the film, but fans will be left wondering if Inspector Carmelita Fox is going to make an apeparance. The film is expected to arrive on screens in 2016.
Hit the jump for the Sly Cooper trailer and synopsis.

Yellowbird (TeamTo)

Seth Green, Dakota Fanning 3D Animated Movie ‘Yellowbird’ Acquired by Wrekin Hill
MOVIES | By Jeff Sneider on February 10, 2014 @ 1:31 pm Follow @theinsneider
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Christian De Vita directed from a script that Antoine Barraud and Guilhem Lesaffre wrote with Cory Edwards (“Hoodwinked”)

In a seven-figure deal, Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Christian De Vita’s 3D animated feature “Yellowbird” from TeamTO and Haut & Court, the company announced Monday.

Based on fantastic artwork by Benjamin Renner (“Ernest and Celestine”), “Yellowbird” features the voices of Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, Jim Rash and Christine Baranski.

Antoine Barraud and Guilhem Lesaffre wrote the currently-in-production movie with Cory Edwards (“Hoodwinked”), and Wrekin Hill will release the film in theaters this fall.

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Charting a path from Europe to Africa, “Yellowbird” is the epic story of a young teenage bird so scared to venture out into the world that he nearly misses the fun of discovering who he really is.

“We believe that ‘Yellowbird’ will capture the imagination of children, teens and adults alike. It is a beautifully written story about the power of self-discovery and community that will surely take audiences on anincredible emotional journey with its characters,” said Wrekin Hill president/CEO Chris Ball. “With films like ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Nut Job’ showing strength at the U.S. box office, it is clear that there is a real hunger for satisfying family entertainment.”

”’Yellowbird’ is both a fable and a touching human comedy about self-realization. We are thrilled to work with Wrekin Hill as our American distributor,” added TeamTO producer Corinne Kouper.

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The deal for “Yellowbird” was negotiated by Rene Cogan and Alex Mandell for Wrekin Hill with Simon Crowe for UK-based SC Films International on behalf of the filmmakers.

Wrekin Hill has a multi-year U.S. home entertainment distribution deal with Lionsgate, and a three-year multi-platform output deal with Canadian distributor eOne. The company’s most recent acquisitions include Bille August’s “Night Train to Lisbon” starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent and Charlotte Rampling; and Gabriele Salvatores’ upcoming “Deadly Code” starring John Malkovich.
Hot Stuff the Little Devil (DreamWorks Animation )

[i]DreamWorks Animation Targets Harvey Comics' Hot Stuff the Little Devil
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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DreamWorks Animation has plans to bring the Harvey Comics character Hot Stuff the Little Devil to the big screen with The Hollywood Reporter suggesting that the project may mark the first-ever live-action/CGI hybrid film from the studio. "Bob's Burgers" scribes (and siblings) Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux are attached to provide the screenplay.

Hot Stuff was created by Warren Kremer (who also created vintage funnybook characters like Richie Rich, Little Audrey and Casper the Friendly Ghost) and made his first appearance in 1957's "Hot Stuff" #1. A young, pitch-fork-wielding devil, Hot Stuff often uses his demonic powers to perform good deeds, much to the chagrin of the older devils.

There's no timeframe yet on when to expect a Hot Stuff film in theaters, but check back for details on the project as they become available.

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The Smurfs 3 (Sony Pictures Animation)

Third Smurfs Movies to be Entirely Animated
Source: Variety
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It sounds like The Smurfs will be on their own for the third movie and won't be able to rely on humans. In an article at Variety on Sony Pictures, the trade says that the studio is fast-tracking The Smurfs 3 and that it will be entirely animated, compared to its predecessors which were live-action/animated hybrids.

The first film, which was released on July 29, 2011, cost about $110 million to make and earned $563.7 million worldwide. The $105 million second installment, released on July 31, 2013, took quite a dip in earnings, making $347.5 million worldwide.

The third film is scheduled for a August 14, 2015 release.

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Can You Imagine? (Sony Pictures Animation)

Sony Announces Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Can You Imagine?’ and ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′
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Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Genndy Tartakovsky will direct Hotel Transylvania 2, scheduled for September 2015. Tartakovsky will co-write the pic with Robert Smigel (TV Funhouse, Saturday Night Live).

Sony also says that while Genndy is “busy working an all-new CG take on the comic strip hero, Popeye,” he is developing an original idea, which currently has the working title Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? (Click on artwork above for bigger version.) It is being described as “a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.”

Says Tartakovsky, “It’s good to be back at the Hotel Transylvania, and I’m very excited to work on Popeye, a character that I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’m also looking forward to developing an entirely new and original animated feature here at Sony Pictures Animation. This is an exciting time for me and for the studio.”
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