Written by Karlamon :
Greetings Animation Sourcers, and welcome back to another fancy Weekly News, the weekly article that provides the latest animation news. This week I’ll dive into the Golden Globes animation nominations, new trailers for The Boss Baby and Despicable Me 3, and the announcement of Sony Pictures Animation’s Vivo.
Animation at the Golden Globes
While we wait for the 2016 Oscars, lets look into the other big film award ceremony, the 2016 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced all of this year’s nominations, and for the animated movies, they have picked some interesting choices.
The five nominees for Best Animated Feature are:
- - Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika)
- - Moana (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
- - My Life as a Zucchini (Rita Productions/Blue Spirit Productions)
- - Sing (Illumination Entertainment)
- - Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Of course Zootopia, Moana, and Kubo are the obvious candidates since they were the most critically-acclaimed of the year. But as for the other two, they are rather unique picks for something like this. While Sing may not be the most-popular of the year, it’s great to see Illumination gain the opportunity to shine at a major award ceremony.
The other surprise nomination is Claude Barras’s My Life as a Zucchini (French: Ma vie de Courgette), since independent/foreign animated films rarely get recognised at the Golden Globes. The Swiss-French stop-motion flick has charmed audiences, and recently earned major recognition by winning Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards.
But it doesn’t end here for animation. Three of the five Best Original Song nominations were filled with songs from animated features. Those three songs are “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls, “Faith” from Sing, and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. The two other nominations were “City of Stars” from La La Land, and “Gold” from Gold.
We congratulate all these animated movies for their big recognition at the Golden Globes! The winners will be announced at ceremony night on January 8, 2017.
- Source: Cartoon Brew
The Boss Baby - Official Trailer
Ah yes. I remember The Boss Baby was the first subject I talked about in the first Weekly News. Now we’re back to square one. In that article, I talked about the teaser that was released with Trolls, and how I stated the concept is potentially funny, but unappealing too.
Earlier this week, DreamWorks Animation has released brand new trailer that gives us more on what the story is about.
With this trailer, I will admit it’s better than what we got the first time, but thats not saying much. What does peak my interest is how the mission of the corporate baby (Alec Baldwin of Rise of the Guardians) is to investigate how the love towards babies is overshadowed by puppies, which is severely impacting his company BabyCorp. That I gotta say is an interesting idea. But the jokes in the trailer are mostly weak, where a few are chuckle-worthy and others just fall flat.
Now I am aware the story is based on a picture book by Marla Frazee, but it makes me wonder what makes this book a top pick for DreamWorks to adapt into a movie. Is it really the best material they can gather? It’s just I’m finding it hard to see the appeal in this film. I’m not completely writing it off yet, but with what’s been shown, I’m doubting it’s going to a big hit.
If you’re still curious to check out The Boss Baby, 20th Century Fox will release the movie in theatres on March 31, 2017. DreamWorks will follow up with Captain Underpants in June of that same year.
Despicable Me 3 - Official Trailer
In just a matter of years, the Despicable Me series has grown to become one of the biggest animated franchises, and got Illumination Entertainment to the top as a prime competitor of Disney and Pixar. The next movie in the series, Despicable Me 3, brings back our favourite supervillain Gru (Steve Carell), and his new sidekick wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to face off against their greatest foe yet.
Meet Balthazar Bratt, voiced by South Park co-creator Trey Parker. A former child star who still obsesses over anything from the 80s. Rubik’s Cubes, bubblegum, mixtapes, Michael Jackson, you name it. The newly released trailer gives us our first look at Balthazar’s crazy antics.
Contrary to the new Boss Baby trailer, this one had me laughing a lot. I find it pretty insane for them to headline the co-creator of an adult animated series in a family film. But as a South Park fan myself, I think Parker fits the role of Balthazar well, and does serve as another fun antagonist for Despicable Me.
Additionally, it is surprising to see that the minions only appear in one shot. I think after the Minions movie, a lot of us are a bit tired of their overexposure, so it’s refreshing that we get to focus more on Gru again. He’s the heart of the series, and what makes the Despicable Me movies very strong.
Series writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, as well as directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda return to helm Gru’s third mission. We’ll be sure to get more laughs when Universal Pictures will release Despicable Me 3 on June 30, 2017.
Moana songwriter hired for Sony Pictures Animation’s Vivo
Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda is at the top his game. Not only with the Broadway show Hamilton, but he also made it big with the songs in Disney’s mega-hit Moana. His next assignment is on another animated gig, which is Sony Pictures Animation’s newly-announced Vivo.
Miranda will provide 11 original songs for the film, which tells the story about a music-loving monkey who must make a dangerous journey from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida. Quiara Alegría Hudes, who collaborated with Miranda on In the Heights, will helm the script.
Interestingly enough, the project was first convinced at DreamWorks Animation six years ago. But due to their financial struggles, it never came into fruition. Now SPA President Kristine Belson (who used to be a producer at DreamWorks) has revived Vivo at it’s new home, and has fast-tracked it for a December 18, 2020 release. Another former DreamWorks employee Kirk De Micco (who co-directed The Croods and it’s now-canceled sequel) will serve as the director of the movie.
With the massive praise that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work on Moana got, I believe Vivo does show a lot of promise to be a great animated musical, and something that could stand out from all the other SPA films. But for it’s release date, that’s a full two years after SPA’s 2018 animated Spider-Man movie, so I wonder if they’ll provide anything projects to fill the 2019 gap. Nevertheless, I give the best of luck to Lin-Manuel, Quiara, Kirk, and the team at Sony Pictures Animation on this ambitious project.
- Source: Deadline
- Photo credit: REX/Shutterstock
Annnnd we’re done for this week. So who you rooting for at the Golden Globes? Are you more keen on The Boss Baby, or Despicable Me 3? Excited for Vivo? Let me know in the comments below. Next week will be exciting, because not only is Christmas around the corner, but It’s also the public release of Sing! See you next time!
- - Karlamon
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