Written by Karlamon :
Welcome everyone to this week’s Weekly News, your source for the latest animation news every Sunday! I have plenty to talk about, so we’ll look into the big animation winner of the Golden Globes, new promotional videos for Tangled: Before Ever After and Cars 3, the new president of DreamWorks Animation, and new details of My Little Pony: The Movie.
Zootopia wins the Golden Globe
January 8 was the night the 2017 Golden Globes took place, which honours the best in Hollywood. The musical phenomena La La Land set a Golden Globe record for the most wins in an event, earning seven awards. But then there’s the Best Motion Picture, Animated award, which Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig of the Despicable Me movies presented.
The big winner of the Best Motion Picture, Animated award ended up being Zootopia, beating out the four other nominees which were Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, and Sing. With the rate it’s going, it’s possible Zootopia could also win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
We highly congratulate the team at Walt Disney Animation Studios, along with directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore for their amazing film being honoured the award! Also a shoutout to the others who earned a nomination is also worth mentioning.
If you’re interested, you can view the complete list of the winners and nominations in this TIME article.
Trailer | Tangled: Before Ever After
Anticipation is high for Tangled: The Series. The television spinoff of Disney’s 2010 animated hit Tangled brings back Rapunzel and Flynn “Eugene” Rider on exciting small-screen adventures, complete with gorgeous 2D animation.
A big show like this has to start big. How so? With a made-for-TV movie titled Tangled: Before Ever After! Disney Channel has released the new trailer.
In a similar fashion to The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, Tangled: Before Ever After serves as the feature-length pilot for the upcoming TV series. It will take place after Rapunzel’s hair is cut off (it has now grown back based on the trailer) and before Rapunzel and Eugene’s ever after in the 2012 animated short called… well… Tangled Ever After. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi also return to voice Rapunzel and Eugene respectively.
Tangled: Before Ever After looks set to be a fun start to a promising TV series. Disney Channel will premiere the movie sometime in March, and the episodes will start airing shortly after.
Cars 3 “Lightning Strikes” Extended Look
Last week, I reported on the three character videos that are used to promote Cars 3. This week however, yet another promotional video released, but this time an extended version of the teaser trailer.
It starts off with the same footage from the teaser of Lightning McQueen in his devastating crash, and then carries on from there. Presumably this is after the tragic event, where McQueen seems to be getting out of touch. With the help of trainer Cruz Ramirez, McQueen must take on the tech-heavy Jackson Storm to prove he’s still a top racer.
This is one strong and intense preview, and in my view could be the best Cars movie the series. Cars 3 will be theatrically released on June 16.
Chris deFaria is the new president of DreamWorks Animation
A lot has been changing at DreamWorks Animation lately. Whether it’s the cancelation of The Croods 2, the extra delay of How to Train Your Dragon 3, or the announcement of Everest. The latest one involved co-president Mireille Soria stepping down in December, leaving Bonnie Arnold as the sole president.
But now the time has come for a new person to be appointed as president to work with Arnold. DWA and Universal are pleased to announce Warner Bros. veteran Chris deFaria as the new president of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group.
A very experienced individual in both animation and live-action filmmaking, deFaria oversaw visual effects in Warner features for 20 years. His noteworthy recent efforts include executive producer of Gravity and Mad Max: Fury Road, and part of the team that oversaw Warner Animation Group, the studio that made The Lego Movie and Storks. Also worth noting is that he was once a child actor, voicing Peppermint Patty in five Peanuts TV specials in the late 60s and early 70s.
deFaria is set to follow the footsteps of Jeffrey Katzenberg, overseeing all business aspects of DWA’s feature animation, which includes slate strategy, development, production, innovation and technology, and business affairs. As part of his new position, he’ll work closely with Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, and will regally report to Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley.
“Chris deFaria is ideally suited for this role,” said Langley. “He has excellent creative instincts, a strong business sense, deep relationships and most importantly, a proven ability to harness technology to push the boundaries of animation and innovative, hybrid filmmaking. We are grateful to have Chris Meledandri as senior advisor so that we can benefit from his unparalleled expertise while he continues to build the Illumination brand.”
Commenting on his new position, deFaria stated that “Having the opportunity to shape the future of DreamWorks Animation and build on its storied legacy is an unbelievable honor. I can’t wait to get started with Donna and Chris, as well as Bonnie and the incredibly talented artists at DWA, on bringing more iconic stories and characters to audiences around the globe. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and while I will miss the many great people at Warner Bros. and the terrific projects with which I was involved, I couldn’t be more excited about everything that lies ahead.”
- Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bonus story: New logo and cast member for My Little Pony: The Movie
We have two new bits of detail for My Little Pony: The Movie, the movie based on the popular TV series that bronies and pegasisters have been highly anticipated for. The first bit of news is a new logo revealed by the producers, which features the “Mane Six” and Spike with upgraded designs.
The second announcement of this week is that Zoe Saldana will be joining the cast. You may know Saldana in movies like James Cameron’s Avatar, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jorge Gutierrez’s The Book of Life. As of now, the character she’ll be voicing is currently unknown.
My Little Pony: The Movie will be released in theatres this year on October 6 by Lionsgate.
- Source: Variety
And that wraps up another round of Weekly News. Tell me your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll be back with more news next week!
- - Karlamon
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