Slated for release in 2013 Planes is a direct to home market spinoff of Cars about a single propeller cropduster who dreams of racing against some of the fastest flyers in the skies. The movie was made at DisneyToon Studios which is supposedly out of the sequel game, but still produces spinoffs of Disney and Pixar features.
Are you excited to see what’s going on above Lightning McQueen and Mater? Or have you had enough talking vehicle movies?
Two snow days in a row have sapped my energy for a longer post. I may get it finished later this week. In the meantime, here’s a short one with a video.
Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon got a lot of attention when their debut feature film The Secret of Kells received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Not content to bask in their first movie’s success, the studio is working on a couple of other features, including Song of the Sea, which appears to be furthest along in production, judging by the footage seen above.
The video is identified as a “conceptual trailer,” which I’m guessing means that its only meant to suggest the main ideas of the film and isn’t necessarily footage we’ll be seeing in the final film. The trailer has apparently been kicking around for a year or so, but I only just found out about it (thanks to Charles Kenny of The Animation Anomaly). The comments on Cartoon Saloon’s site suggest that we’re unlikely to see this film in theaters before 2013. For fans of The Secret of Kells, the trailer offers a tempting glimpse of a movie in a similar style focused on the legends of selkies (seals with the power to shed their skins and become human). For those of you haven’t checked out Kells yet, consider this a reminder.
As you may already know, Pixar’s upcoming film Brave has undergone a big change. Originally titled “The Bear and the Bow,” Brave has garnered attention for being Pixar’s first film to visit the world of knights and princesses that was once Disney’s turf, for being the first Pixar film with a female main character, and for its director, Brenda Champan. Chapman has an impressive animation resume, including story work on films such as The Little Mermaid, Beuaty and the Beast, The Lion King, Chicken Run, and Cars and a turn in the director’s chair on DreamWorks’ Prince of Egypt. In fact, I was just admiring her lovely storyboarding when I was reading Tale As Old As Time. But what was really drawing attention to Brenda Champman’s role as director of Brave was that she was the first woman to direct a Pixar film. Or she would have been, had she not been replaced as director by story artist Mark Andrews, a move that reportedly became official sometime in the last two weeks.
I just finished and very much enjoyed Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. I’m excited for the movie, but there’s still a part of me that wishes it had been animated. With a few rare exceptions, I think animation is the ideal format for translating comics into film or television, especially when the original artwork is as distinctive and iconic as O’Malley’s. So I’m overjoyed to see that an animated Scott Pilgrim short is going to be airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. Entitled Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation, the short cartoon will air in two parts at 12:00 and 12:30 AM on Thursday, August 12. If you don’t have cable, don’t panic! The short will be made available on the Adult Swim website and Facebook page as well as the Scott Pilgrim movie Facebook page. I’ll be very surprised if the short doesn’t end up as a bonus feature on the DVD release, since it’s designed to help promote the movie and even features some of the movie cast doing voice work. But if you want to see it now or don’t want to risk missing it, you’ve got plenty of options.
The trailer for DreamWorks’ fourth Shrek film is up. Shrek Forever After (Get it? Four-ever After?) is said to be the last film in the series. Judging from the trailer, it looks like Shrek’s latest adventure could have been called “It’s An Ogreful Life”:
Perhaps you already know, but there is a trailer for Toy Story 3. Not the teaser with the toys building the logo that’s been kicking around since Up came out, an honest-to-goodness footage from the movie trailer.
It seems that all the rumors are true. A teenaged Andy is about to leave for college and the toys end up at the daycare from hell. (An odd turn of events, considering that very early drafts of the original Toy Story portrayed just such a place as the ideal home for toys where they would be played with and loved forever.) There’s clearly plenty of comedy, but Randy Newman’s melancholy vocals and Woody looking out at an Andy’s room that has seen much change make it clear that there is a lot of sadness at the heart of this tale.
So what do you think? Are you excited or disappointed? Will Pixar’s big gamble mean another hit for the studio? Or is this the equivalent of having Christopher Robin sell Pooh and Tigger for money to buy an XBox?