WN 11: Leap!, Cars 3, Spider-Man
Greetings, and I welcome you to the first Weekly News of 2017! I’m not sure if I can call it “Weekly News” anymore since I skipped a week for another certain article, but who cares anyway? I’m back on track with new animation news stories, this week with the trailer of Ballerina/Leap!, new promotional videos for Cars 3, and a possible different Spider-Man in Sony’s upcoming animated movie of the superhero.
Ballerina / Leap! - Trailer #1
A French-Canadian animated feature is getting a theatrical release in the United States by The Weinstein Company. And that movie is Ballerina… oh sorry, I mean Leap!, they apparently renamed it that for American audiences.
It is the story of Félicie (Elle Fanning of The Boxtrolls), an orphan girl new to Paris who “borrows” someone’s identity to join the Opera Ballet School. Félicie’s best friend and aspiring inventor Victor (Dane DeHaan of The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will ensure that her dream is realised.
A new trailer has been released to give us an idea what Leap! is all about. For some reason, The Weinstein Company didn’t upload the trailer on their offical YouTube channel, so I have resort to this upload from a channel that just re-uploads trailers.
The movie does look visually pleasing, and it’s great to see a foreign animated project like this being showcased in a wide US release, but the presence of The Weinstein Company does concern me.
As you may know, TWC have been notorious for handling animated releases poorly, rather it’d be the delays and lawsuits caused on Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs. Evil and Escape from Planet Earth, or canceling the theatrical release of Underdogs (Metegol) at the last minute. Plus, you can already see the Weinstein’s fingerprints on the film, like renaming it as Leap! just seems stupid, and the main characters’ voices sound too mature for their age.
Is the release going to succeed or fail? I’m not 100% sure, but we’ll find out when Leap! will be released in US theatres on March 3. I just hope the Weinstein’s don’t screw it up.
Meet the main stars of Cars 3
To hype us up more for Cars 3, Pixar have released a bunch of new promotional videos. Now don’t worry, there’s no shocking car destruction like in the dark teaser trailer. These three videos serve more to showcase the main characters in something that resembles an automobile commercial.
First we have the venetian legend and main star, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson). Honestly looking in pretty good shape this time around.
Up next is Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo of The Angry Birds Movie). She’s the unconventional trainer and racing technician for McQueen.
And finally there’s Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer of Disney’s The Lone Ranger), McQueen’s new rival in the next generation of racers.
Cars 3 will be racing into cinemas this year on June 16.
Sony’s animated Spider-Man is Miles Morales?
Sony Pictures Entertainment has had it’s ups-and-downs with the iconic Marvel superhero Spider-Man, whether it’s the Sam Rami trilogy with Toby Maguire, the Marc Webb reboot with Andrew Garfield, or the new Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation with Tom Holland. Of course theres the anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming releasing this year, but you may be surprised it’s not the only Spider-Man film in the works at Sony.
That other project is an untitled animated Spider-Man movie being made at Sony Pictures Animation, and directed by DreamWorks storyboard artist Bob Persichetti; one that promises to break new visual ground, and be different from any of the previous films. How different? Well, this Spidey probably won’t be the usual Peter Parker, but instead long-rumoured to be his successor Miles Morales.
This was suspected from a recent casting call for an upcoming SPA project codenamed “Cabin Fever” which "chronicles the adventures of two unlikely friends, Terrence and Pete,”. Terrence is described as “a young African-American/Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn; he is new to this suburban school and now feeling out of place, overwhelmed, pressured with new responsibilities, and dealing with puberty; while trying to fit in he must do his best to stay out of trouble; along the way in developing his identity he's losing old friends but now making a new one, Pete."
Speaking of Pete (no, it’s not Peter Parker), he’s said to be “a young, slightly geeky, Asian-American teen; he's smart, sweet, and encouraging; although very unlike any of the friends Terrence had in his old Brooklyn neighborhood, Pete proves to be a good fit for Terrence making good decisions.” These two descriptions seem to be identical to the characters of Miles and his friend Ganke respectively.
If Sony actually does end up putting Miles Morales as the main star, then this animated Spider-Man movie will defiantly stand out from any other. Not just by introducing a different Spider-Man (both character and race-wise) to moviegoers, but also opens the doors for new storytelling that steps away from the Peter Parker stories we’ve witnessed multiple times.
For those keen on this new animated Spider-Man project, it’ll be released just in time for Christmas 2018. Good luck, Sony! This looks very promising.
And that will conclude for this week. What’s your thoughts on Leap!, Cars 3, and the animated Spider-Man movie? Leave a comment and let me know. More news to come next week!