Since 1914 when Winsor McKay introduced the world to his magnificent Gertie the Dinosaur, practically every animation company has followed suit, trying to bring to life the prehistoric pets. We got wind of Pixar’s project, The Good Dinosaur, at D23 in 2011, but received an icy blow last year when it was announced the film, scheduled for theater release May 2014, would be postponed until late 2015.
At Friday’s “Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios” presentation, chief creative officer John Lasseter was the host for a 3+ hour presentation on the current slate of films at Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disneytoon Studios. The Pixar slate was presented first and the crowd (myself included) was completely wowed by the clips shown by the Pixar filmmakers.
It’s been a tough year for Nickelodeon Studios but on Tuesday they announced a third season of its animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, before the 26 episode season 2 has even aired. Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami has stated that the studio has hit the reset button and will be focusing strongly on animation starting with a new series of the hard-hitting reptiles.