We are thrilled to announce “Frozen Fever,” a new animated short that will premiere in the spring of 2015. The short will feature all of your favorite characters from Frozen along with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez!
This is amazing!! Thanks to our incredible fans around the world, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has soared past $600 million at the global box office and is the highest grossing animated film this year to date! http://goo.gl/o4oTJf
Frozen sketches at D23 by Jin Kim
Visual Development from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Jack fixes her gaze… Holds it… There’s nothing but the two of them. […] And just like that, Jack’s demeanor changes. A light is switched on inside him and the last thing that could be happening is what is actually happening.
Hullabaloo is a 2D hand-drawn animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo. In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.
For more information about Hullabaloo, its creators, and how you can help bring this story to life, visit here! Their goal is to reach $80,000 by October 1st, 2014, so every donation helps and help spread the word!
Have you heard? Dreamworks Animation and Studio Mir, the company behind Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, announced Thursday they will work together to produce up to four new animated television series in the next four years.
This is huge both because a Korean company has never partnered on such a large scale with an American animation group, and because these shows will be created in 2D animation. I’m ecstatic!
It’s great to see that Korean animation is being taken seriously enough to be treated as a creative equal rather than just as a source of cheap production. Studio Mir’s work is undeniably beautiful, and if Mir’s talent can be combined with the storytelling prowess exhibited in How to Train Your Dragon 2, I will be a very happy customer.
An article inthe Korea Herald had the following to say:
“The contract with DreamWorks is meaningful since we will be working as partners,” Studio Mir founder and executive producer Yoo Jae-myung said.
“This has never been done before by a Korean studio.”
A Studio Mir spokesman said details regarding the titles of the cartoons could not be revealed, but that they would be in 2-D.
This is great news for both companies, since each has had some fairly concerning press in the past few weeks, between the financial troubles of Dreamworks Animation (now under direction of new chief financial officer Fazal Merchant) and the on-again/off-again nature of Korra Book Three, now safely on Nick.com.
Speaking of The Legend of Korra, Studio Mir uploaded a lovely picture on Facebook yesterday thanking fans for their support of Book Three.
- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)
Hadn’t heard about this at all. That’s awesome.
James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.
From the film’s IndieGo page:
Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.
To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.
The other day I went to a thrift store and saw this, it was wrapped up so I had no idea what was inside and I’m so glad I got it bc finding this is an animators dream! This is one of my favorite Disney films growing up bc I saw myself in Pocahontas. Now I just need to meet Irene Bedard (the voice of Pocahontas)!
“Astrid is still a strong feminine character. But she is a little less tomboy and a little more glamorous. Her relationship with Hiccup has evolved.” –Pierre-Olivier Vincent, production designer
Concept art by Woonyoung Jung
Distributor GKIDS has set Friday, December 19, as the North American release date for the Irish hand-drawn feature Song of the Sea. The film will open on the 19th at the IFC Theater in New York and the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater in Toronto, before expanding to Los Angeles and other major markets throughout the holidays. (x)