Bilal: A New Breed of Hero brings Emirati storytelling to animation

Animation, as have all movies and TV shows in the past few decades, has had to evolve its mindset in order to include more diverse voices and more diverse stories. Campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite have tackled more live-action fare, but with this year’s Coco (the incredibly successful Mexico-set Day of the Dead Disney film) and last year’s Moana (a pan-Polynesian island adventure), animation is starting to pick up on what the rest of the industry is moving towards. No film is more interesting in that regard than the upcoming Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, the first-ever animated feature from the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading “Bilal: A New Breed of Hero brings Emirati storytelling to animation”

Animated CAT IN THE HAT Movie Will Launch Dr. Seuss Series

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It has been announced that Warner Animation Group, the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. are teaming up to produce multiple feature films based on the iconic characters and stories created by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.

A fully animated version of the children’s classic ‘The Cat in the Hat’ will be the first project developed under this partnership. The beloved character was previously adapted to the big screen with the 2003 live-action movie starring Mike Myers; although it was considered a disappointment.

“Our Pictures Group is home to some of the world’s most popular film franchises, and we’re honoured to add Dr. Seuss titles to that roster,” said Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “With Warner Animation Group, we’ve really revitalized our feature animation activities, and this partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises will continue our move into world-class, wide-appeal animated fare.”

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“Wreck-It Ralph 2 Gets an Official Synopsis & New Image”

Ralph and Vanellope journey to the world wide web in a new image and synopsis from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Disney’s animation department found a new hit in 2012 with the release of Wreck-It Ralph. While it may not fit the typical idea of a video game movie, Wreck-It Ralph dived deep into the history of gaming to tell a wild story. Starring John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, and Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix), the heartfelt film was a critical hit, making it no surprise when sequel talks began.

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Marvel Reportedly Cancelling all Disney XD Animated Shows

Marvel’s Disney XD shows have a big fan base encompassing old and young viewers alike. Guardians Of The GalaxySpider-Man, and the various Avengers shows are currently pulling in decent numbers, and above all, they’re a joy to watch.

It’s terrifically sad, then, to hear reports this week from the animation community that Marvel are about to announce the cancellation of all three shows.

Full Story @ Den of Geek US

Renegade Animation celebrates 25 years, plans original content

Originally based in a Burbank garage converted into an art studio, Renegade Animation, now based in Glendale, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, a feat its founders said is due to “tenacity.”

In 1992, cartoon animator Darell Van Citters and producer Ashley Postlewaite drafted a six-month business plan overnight to open an independent animation studio that recruited local talent.

Full Story: Los Angeles Times