Written by Karlamon :
It’s time for the latest animation news! In this week’s Weekly News, we'll look into the animation nominees of the 89th Academy Awards, Illumination Entertainment and their big plans for sequels, and the new premiere date of the long-awaited Samurai Jack revival.
Animation at the 89th Academy Awards
Now that the Golden Globes are out of the way, it’s now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ turn to honour the best of cinema with the 89th Academy Awards. As predicted, La La Land is a favourite among the Academy with 14 nominations, but we’ll be looking into which animated projects got nominated.
The nominees for Best Animated Feature are:
- - Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
- - Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements, and Osnat Shurer
- - My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras and Max Karli
- - The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
- - Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer
The nominees for Best Animated Short Film are:
- - Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
- - Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
- - Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
- - Pearl – Patrick Osborne
- - Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer
Two songs from an animated feature got a nomination spot for Best Original Song. These include “Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls, and “How Far I'll Go" from Moana. The other songs nominated were “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” (both from La La Land), and “The Empty Chair” (from Jim: The James Foley Story).
Meanwhile, Kubo and the Two Strings got an additional unique nomination in the Best Visual Effects category, alongside Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An animated feature has not been nominated in this category since 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Also worth noting is a nominee in the Best Documentary – Feature category titled Life, Animated. Although not about animation itself, this documentary looks into the life of Owen Suskind, a person with autism who learned how to communicate with reality through his fascination with Disney movies.
We congratulate all the nominees for their recognition from the Academy, all of which are listed here in this CNN article. The winners will be announced during ceremony night on February 26.
Illumination Entertainment announces new sequels
2016 proved to be the biggest year for Illumination Entertainment with two highly-successful original animated features. Their summer hit The Secret Life of Pets hauled in $875 million worldwide, and the Golden Globe-nominated Sing is performing solidly with $429 million so far.
Now both movies are successful enough to become franchises! Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment announced this Wednesday they have green-lit three franchise sequels for 2019 and 2020.
The first one of these (and the one I find the most-promising as a sequel) is The Secret Life of Pets 2, which was green-lit shortly after the release of the first movie. Originally set for a 2018 release, it has been pushed back a year to July 3, 2019. Meanwhile in the following year, a Minions sequel titled Minions 2 is set for release on July 3, 2020, while Sing 2 will open on December 25, 2020.
There is no word yet on the cast or if the original directors/writers will return, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed when more details emerge.
- Source: Variety
Samurai Jack is back this March!
It’s finally time to go back to the past again with Samurai Jack. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, the animated series has been a cult-classic among Cartoon Network fans for it’s epic storytelling and stylised visuals. The show was sadly cancelled during the fourth season in 2004, leaving the story unfinished… until now.
During his break from the Hotel Transylvania films, Tartakovsky and his crew got the opportunity to conclude Jack’s time traveling journey in his final confrontation with demon lord Aku. And the good news is that we’re getting the fifth and final season sooner than we thought.
The premiere date of the Samurai Jack revival was revealed in an Adult Swim bumper that was posted on Twitter by a fan. An Adult Swim spokesperson confirmed this date to Entertainment Weekly.
The premiere of the new season of Samurai Jack has finally been revealed. pic.twitter.com/qicRjJOYD4— Nate (@CabooseJr) January 23, 2017
For those who are highly-anticipating Jack’s long-awaited comeback, Adult Swim will premiere the first-of-10 episodes at 11:30PM on March 11th. In the meantime, you can check out this behind-the-scenes video of the fifth season.
- Source: Cartoon Brew
And that is all I got for the news this week. Who are you rooting for at the Oscars? Which Illumination sequel you mostly interested in? Are you excited for Samurai Jack’s comeback? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll return with more great news next week!
- - Karlamon
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