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I Like To Do Drawrings: Animated Film News

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | December 5, 2012 | Comments ()


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Today is a slow trade news day. Oddly enough, I found enough animation movie news to make a post. I hope you like moving drawings!

If you are debating whether to ditch Netflix in favor of Amazon Prime because you are too poor for both, maybe this will help with your decision. Disney has signed a deal with Netflix to allow exclusive streaming of their movies. It will start out shitty, with only direct-to-video movies streaming beginning in 2013. We will have to wait until 2016 to get theatrical releases into the mix, but those releases will be from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature. So this is actually not helpful at all.

Meanwhile, Disney competitor Dreamworks is providing looks at three of their upcoming animated releases. We have Mr. Peabody and Sherman, based on the "Rocky and Bullwinkle"-housed series of the same name. The highly intelligent dog and his boy will try to save the world when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel. Release date is Spring 2014 and voices are provided by Ty Burrell, Mel Brooks, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, and more.

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Dreamworks also has Turbo, which is about a snail who feels the need. The need for speed. When Theo the snail (Ryan Reynolds) is in a freak accident, he gets to live his dream of being a slimy speed demon. Theo and his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) find themselves in an underground snail racing ring where they meet characters voiced by Snoop Dog/Lion and Samuel L. Jackson. WhatisthisIdon'tevenknow.

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The Croods, featuring the voices of Emma Stone, Nic Cage, Ryan Reynolds AGAIN, Cloris Leachman, and more, will arrive in theaters in March of 2013. The Croods are a prehistoric family that find themselves struggling with the introduction of an outsider (Reynolds) and the destruction of the cave they used as their home.
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Then again, some of this might not matter because Dreamworks' latest movie Rise of the Guardians has flopped. Dreamworks stands to lose $50 million. The idea that a built-in audience for animated films is a given seems a bit questionable. Is the market over-saturated with too many half-assed animated flicks or is Guardians some sort of oddball mess because of the premise? Since I haven't seen it I can't really answer that question. If this flop makes studios think twice about shoving out a sub-par script, slapping some 3D gags on it, and then spending more time on the toy tie-ins than the movie quality, I can't really see a downside.
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Finally, here is a roundtable discussion concerning the evolution of animated films and more with Mark Andrews (Brave), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Chris Butler (ParaNorman), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania).



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  • F. Robert

    Being 20 years old and having grown up on Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack, the fact that Genndy Tartakovsky made Hotel Transylvania depresses me to no end.

  • Tinkerville

    Thanks for posting that roundtable. I'm an animation junkie who had no idea they added that as a discussion category this year.

    So often it seems like Dreamworks is hit or miss. How to Train Your Dragon was one of the best films I'd seen in years, animated or otherwise, when it came out. But then they get scared and resort to the cheap toilet humor and pop culture jokes.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I adored How To Train Your Dragon and checked out the live show about a month ago. The dragons were pretty amazing and it was pretty cool to see how the cast interacted with them, but Dreamworks definitely got twitchy about keeping the kids' attention for 2 hours because there were a LOT more fart jokes, and a handful of "viking dance parties". Eesh.

  • zyzzyva

    I'm keeping an open mind on "The Croods," since it is written and directed by Chris Sanders, the man responsible for "Lilo & Stitch" and "How to Train Your Dragon," two of my favorite animated films in recent history.

  • You had me at underground snail racing ring.

    The first rule of Slime Club is you don't discuss Slime Club.

  • googergieger

    I started watching The Count of Monte Cristo anime. It is basically like all the other ones but like in future. Space travel and aliens and stuff. I like it.

    I guess it isn't really here nor there, but I just enjoy anime a lot more than anything done by us.

  • True_Blue

    About Netflix v. Amazon Prime--come on, Arrested Development will be on Netflix. End of discussion.

  • Rise of the Guardians was a pretty sweet Children's film that didn't stoop to the usual Pop Culture references and Toilet Humor movies like Shrek have made hallmarks out of. It wasn't a film that allowed for the trademark "DreamWorks Sassy Face", and for that I give it a LOT of credit.

    That said, with the exception of Mr. Sherman and Peabody, and MAYBE Turbo (damn you Paul Giamatti!), the rest looks like shit.

    Ok, so I'm basically saying I hate The Croods, just by looking at them. Challenge me to think differently!

  • pcloadletter

    The Croods is a horrible title and the characters look goofy in that poster, but unlike @birdgal, I really enjoyed the trailer before Wreck-It-Ralph. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • birdgal

    I saw a preview for the Croods before Wreck-it-Ralph and for some reason the way they looked really bothered me--glad to see I'm not alone.

  • KatSings

    That Disney news made me so excited...until I kept reading. DAMMIT!

  • Me too! 2016 is a long way off.

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