Walt Disney Animation Studios announced their new animated short that will play in front of Big Hero 6 this November. The new short film is entitled Feast. It tells the story of “one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.” The film’s title treatment and a first image were released on the Disney Insider blog and on many of Disney’s various social media platforms.
After Warner Bros. Animation’s CG-animated TV series Beware the Batmanwas abruptly pulled from its Cartoon Network time slot mid-season last October (only 11 episodes aired), many wondered what would happen to the rest of the season and to the show. IGN is reporting that the remainder of season one (and the series) will be burned off this summer on CN’s Adult Swim during its Toonami programming block.
The DreamWorks Animation team isn’t messing around! They’ve just released a video on their YouTube channel that shows the first five minutes of their upcoming animated feature How to Train Your Dragon 2. Check it out after the jump…
Since The Hobbit films have a tremendous amount of VFX and CG animation in them, we occasionally discuss them on our site. The latest news to come from the film’s production team is a new title for the third and final chapter in the series. Instead of The Hobbit: There and Back Again as previously announced, it’s now going to be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
I am not a fan of The Smurfs, particularly the hybrid live-action/CG films that Sony Pictures Animation released in 2011 and 2013. When the story came out that Sony was going to make yet another Smurfs film, it sounded like less than thrilling news to me.
But maybe there’s hope for this new film after all. It’s not going to be a live-action/CG hybrid like its predecessors from Sony, but rather a full length CG animated feature.
Image Comic’s award-winning series Chew is getting the animated film treatment. Directed by Jeff Krelitz (Torchwood: Web of Lies, Game Over, Peter Panzerfaust), produced by David Boxenbaum, and written by John Layman, Chew is the first animated project of the newly christened Heavy Metal multimedia company, publishers of the classic Heavy Metal Magazine. The producers are planning for a digital broadcast and home entertainment release for the animated feature.
Deadline is reporting that an animated feature film based on PEEPS marshmallow candies is currently in development. Writer/director Adam Rifkin (Small Soldiers, Underdog, Detroit Rock City) has optioned film and TV rights from the Just Born Inc., the brand owner and manufacturer of the sugary treats.
After countless animated direct-to-video features, Mattel’s perennially best-selling doll Barbie is getting her own live action feature. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures and Mattel along with production company Parkes+MacDonald ImageNation are putting together the team for the new live action comedy.
In addition to the cool short from Bruce Timm, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have produced another animated tribute to Batman honoring the Caped Crusaders 75th anniversary. This new animated short is set in the Batman Beyond world with the semi-retired Bruce Wayne (voiced again by Kevin Conroy) and his young pal Terry (voiced by Will Friedle) taking up the mantle of Batman. The duo is being attacked by robotic Bat-droids that look like all of the different incarnations of the Batman character and the Bat-suit over the years. It’s really a cool tribute. Check it out the short after the jump…