Upon the release of Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — and the overwhelmingly positive reactions it received from both the press and in box-office numbers — the awards season narrative shifted from another Disney/Pixar lock in the Best Animated Feature race to the very real possibility of a different studio winning major accolades for the first time since 2012 (when Paramount’s Rango won the Oscar).
Netflix wasn’t kidding when it confirmed it was going in on original animated titles. After successes like Volton: Legendary Defender and Castlevania, the company has inked a deal for one unique series by Tim Miller and David Fincher geared for adults.
Variety interviewed Bird at a “tea party” for the 2019 BAFTAs this weekend, where the filmmaker revealed he’s working on an original live-action musical. The director was hesitant to reveal too much about the project, other than it’s one he’s wanted to make for a “long time” and will feature around 20 minutes of animation in total. He went on to confirm that Michael Giacchino – who’s scored all of Bird’s movies save for Iron Giant – is composing the film’s music.
There will be 15 shorts included in the feature length presentation. The films are described as thought-provoking, poignant, and funny in all cultures; this year’s films are aimed to remind audiences of universally shared ideals and diverse challenges humans face on a daily basis.
I use cartoons to distort reality, to see life in a new way. I want to use my artwork to tell stories and explore different perspectives of how people see life. Everybody has a different lens that affects how they look at a situation. I want people to try to understand other people’s stories.
By Rodney Lambright II, animator and producer at Wisconsin Public Television More @ The Cap Times
The GRAMMY Museum® and Warner Bros. have teamed up to present “The Get Animated Invasion,” an interactive exhibit that celebrates the music that generations have come to know and love from Warner Bros. iconic animation shorts and films.
Warner Bros. has a long history of invading pop culture though music, from popularizing classical compositions to creating mainstream hits that stand the test of time; the latest of which is the animated feature Smallfoot, featuring an all-star voice cast and original music including a new song from Niall Horan. The pop-up exhibit will take over the GRAMMY Museum’s second floor, Aug. 19-Sept. 9, 2018, making this Get Animated’s second pop-up exhibit following their inaugural invasion in New York last fall.