So, as much as I have always loved comics, cartoons and everything related to the world of being a nerd, generally, I have never attended or paid much attention to the many, varying comic conventions that are so popular these days. Maybe because I haven’t lived in SOCAL that long, but I now realize how incredibly out of the loop I am. In researching what, in relation to animation, this year’s Comic-Con has to offer, I have been bowled over by all the cool exhibits, guests and products available to the 130,000 fans that managed to get tickets to this exclusive event. I went online to try to pick up a ticket for Sunday because I am off work, but apparently I need to locate the Doctor about traveling back in time, since they are all long sold-out.
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.
While it’s not necessarily considered an animated feature, New Line Cinema and MGM’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug probably has more animation in it than most films do. The monster hit film and second in Peter Jackson’s ambitious (and very long) The Hobbit trilogy is coming to Blu-ray on April 8th and is going to be available in lots of different packaging.
For the weekend of December 13-15, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the big winner at the U.S. box office, pulling in an estimated $73.7 million. While the weekend take was impressive for Smaug, Box Office Mojo reports that the films earnings were still 13 percent lower than the first film in Peter Jackson’s latest Middle Earth trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
To inifinity and beyond!
In this episode Marc and Matt interview the “Live-Action Toy Story Project” group led by Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta (as well as part of thier crew, Kimberley Ruano and Amy Shufelt).
Amongst things discussed: Peter Pan, Teddy bears with swords, Kevin Smith, and fresh guacamole. So grab Buzz and Woody, sit back, and enjoy!