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WN 23: Boss Baby, Ferdinand, Leap!, CinemaCon

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[20th Century Fox]

Greetings fellows! In this week’s Weekly News, we’ll look at how critics are reacting to DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby, the first trailer of Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, a delay in the US release of Leap!, and what Paramount and STX had in store for animation at CinemaCon!

The Boss Baby is a mixed doody

Alec Baldwin is a baby! That seems to be the big selling point of DreamWorks’ new comedy The Boss Baby, which is based on the picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee. Now that the movie has been released, the reactions are pretty much all over the place.

The Boss Baby
[DreamWorks Animation]

Critics have been rather mixed about the feature, stating the sophisticated animation and talented cast gets weighed down by it’s overstretched story and frequent use of juvenile jokes. John Fink of The Film Stage called it “a run-of-the-mill offering from DreamWorks who have prioritized frantic action and one-liners over the rich complexity of its competition.”, while Owen Gliberman of Variety said that the movie “is a visually brisk, occasionally clever low-concept comedy that’s also trying, half-heartedly, to be some sort of Pixarish masterpiece. You may wind up wishing that it had been one or the other.”

Even with the mixed reception, The Boss Baby did surprisingly well on it’s opening weekend, debuting at #1 with $49 million from 3,773 theatres. Whether Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village will take over the top spot, we’ll have to wait and see on that.

Ferdinand | Official Trailer

After the complete train wreck that was Ice Age: Collision Course, surely there has to be something that Blue Sky can make to redeem themselves. Their next movie Ferdinand, based on the classic story by Munro Leaf, hopes to be the case. 20th Century Fox have released the first trailer to give us a glimpse of what Blue Sky and director Carlos Saldanha (the Rio movies) have to offer with this adaptation.

Ferdinand (voiced by WWE wrestler John Cena) is a peaceful bull who prefers to relax and smell flowers rather than fight. But since Ferdinand a bull, the people of the Spanish town he lives in fear him, and he is sent away to Madrid for bullfighting. He, alone with his new friends, must somehow escape and get back home to his family.

I gotta say I’m quiet pleased with what Blue Sky has done so far, and John Cena is surprisingly charming is this. It could be a great movie, but I am worried it might underperform at the box office because it opens on December 15, the same day as Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We all know for a fact everyone is going to see that movie, and it could seriously hurt the release of Ferdinand. But in terms of the movie itself, it’s defiantly a step in the right direction for Blue Sky.

Leap! gets delayed again to Labor Day Weekend

While audiences worldwide have checked out what Ballerina is all about, Americans will have to wait longer for the movie (being released there as Leap!) to come out. What was meant to be an April release has now been pushed back to August 30 for Labor Day Weekend.

Ballerina / Leap!

Leap! would have been in a sticky situation if The Weinstein Company didn’t change the release date, because this April is crowded with animated features like The Boss Baby, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Spark: A Space Tail. Plus there’s also blockbusters like the Beauty and the Beast remake, and Power Rangers, so delaying the release of Leap! is understandable.

Despite the surprise delay, TWC co-chief Harvey Weinstein is still confident on the film by saying “It’s a charming, wonderful movie, the highest-testing animated movie in our company’s history.”

Paramount and STX at CinemaCon


It’s that time again for CinemaCon, the annual event where movie studios get the chance to show off their upcoming projects. For example, Disney announced that the 2018 Wreck-It Ralph sequel will be titled Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, while Sony shared more info on upcoming projects. Two studios however, Paramount Pictures and STX Entertainment, revealed at the event they have big plans to make a splash in animation.

Paramount Animation is still new to the scene. Their only animated feature so far is 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, plus they were unfortunately involved with the live-action disaster Monster Trucks. But with the help of Nickelodeon, they’re planning on their big comeback with brand new animated features that connect with Nick properties.

The Loud House

On January 12, 2018, they will start with a non-Nick movie known as Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet. Then their Nick collaborations will kick off in August 10 of that same year with Amusement Park, which they also plan to make a TV series with it. Along with two untitled projects in the following years, a third SpongeBob movie will be out in August 2, 2019, and a movie based on Nick’s popular series The Loud House has been announced for February 7, 2020.

Paramount Animation’s schedule is now the following:

  • Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes (January 12, 2018)
  • Amusement Park (August 10, 2018)
  • Untitled Nick-Paramount feature (March 22, 2019)
  • The SpongeBob Movie 3 (August 2, 2019)
  • The Loud House Movie (February 7, 2020)
  • Untitled Nick-Paramount feature (July 31, 2020)
  • Sources: Deadline, The Wrap

Also new in animation is STX Entertainment, where they have announced new animated features they will be producing. Their first one is Uglydolls, which like The Lego Movie and Trolls, is based on a toy lineup. Sin City and Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez will helm the movie as his first venture into animation, and it has been set for a May 10, 2019 release.

[STX Entertainment]

Also in STX’s proposed animation lineup is an father-son bull story staring Eddie Murphy (Mulan), currently known as The Eddie Murphy Project. An animated adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is also being planned. Webber himself will be working on this with Elton John and Tim Rice, the duo behind the songs of The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado.

Boy, that sure was a mouthful! Which of these movies you mostly-excited for? Be sure to give your thoughts in the comments, I’ll be back with more news soon.


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April 10, 2017
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I haven't seen much animation films lately, but these look good.

April 04, 2017
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Ferdinard is famous in my country because of the Disney animation from 1938 and the song made by the "Czerwone Gitary" band. Irena Tuwim also translated the mentioned book in my country. So I'm waiting for this movie adaptation :)

April 04, 2017
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Probably not going to see Boss Baby, but Leap! and Ferdinand look interesting. lol

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