Welcome to a new segment here on The Reel Insider, Woody’s Roundup. In this segment, each Saturday I’ll put together all of the animation related news and share it with you along with my thoughts. I’m a huge fan of animation as an art style (not a genre) and I want to share it here more! (If you don’t know, “Woody’s Roundup” is a reference to Toy Story 2)
So, let’s get started on this week! (March 1-7, 2015)
“The Lego Movie 2” Gets a New Title & a New Director
If you know how big a fan of the first Lego Movie that I was, you could guess that I’m really excited for it’s sequel and spin-off. Well, the previously called “The Lego Movie 2” is officially titled “The Lego Movie Sequel”. It sounds like a strange title, but it seems like the kind of name that fits with the writer’s (Phil Lord and Chris Miller) humor. Although, that’s the other news about this sequel. The directors and writers of the first film (Phil Lord and Chris Miller) will not be returning as directors, although they’ll still be writers. Instead, Rob Schrab of TV fame, will be taking the director’s seat. Seems like a good choice to me, especially seeing what Lord and Miller have to say (shown below):
“We are so excited to collaborate with Rob. He is a comedy genius, a visual savant, and we have been stalking him for years. No one works harder than Rob, and his aesthetic, combined with his sense of humor, bring a strong, unique, thoughtful, and passionately nerdy voice to this project. People who know him are slapping their foreheads today and saying, ‘Of course!’”
New “Lego Batman Movie”
Recently, Phil Lord and Chris Miller had an Ask Me Anything Q&A on Reddit and some cool news regarding the Lego Batman Movie was released. They said the following:
“I can tell you that Lego Batman’s inner life as a frustrated artist will be fully explored …”
Interesting to hear some info, especially something so comedic. I really love Will Arnett as Batman and I’m sure he’ll bring some great talent to this film. Can’t wait for this film!
New “Zootopia” Synopsis and Concept Art
Zootopia, Disney Animation Studios next feature film, will not be released until March 4, 2016, but Disney released some new concept art for the film this week. Along with this art (which is shown above), Disney also release a new synopsis for the film, which is here below:
“The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Zootopia,’ a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (‘Tangled,’ ‘Bolt’) and Rich Moore (‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘The Simpsons’) and co-directed by Jared Bush (‘Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero’), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.”
I’m excited to see more from this film, considering we haven’t seen much at all of this film (most of which was from D23 in 2013). I’m really excited to see this film, as well, it’s a pretty cool premise and I loved Wreck-It Ralph (who’s director, Rich Moore, is also directing Zootopia).
New Poster, Mindy Kaling Interview, and Sneak Peek for “Inside Out”
There’s quite a bit of news for Pixar’s next film, Inside Out, which I am very excited about! People Magazine showed off a new poster for the film on their Snapchat this week. Shown on the right, I really like this new poster, it has all of the elements that I loved from the other posters, as well as portraying the characters emotions perfectly.
People Magazine also released an interview they had with Mindy Kaling (voice of Disgust), shown below:
People: Why were you excited to be a part of this movie?
Kaling: It’s a Pixar movie!
People: If you didn’t play Disgust, which emotion would you want to play?
Kaling: I think I could’ve nailed “Outrage.”
People: Which of the voices in your head is the loudest? Which are you encouraging to speak up more?
Kaling: These days I have been feeling so grateful for what I get to work on. Between Inside Out, The Mindy Project and writing my book, I’m so happy. I know actors who are miserable no matter what they are doing and complain constantly about their jobs, and I just don’t identify with that at all. These are such great jobs to have and it doesn’t feel like hard work when the material is so good.
People: Any emotion you think was left out of this movie?
Kaling: Nope, I think the emotions assembled are a great mix and complement each other really well.
Lastly, on Sunday during the world premiere of Disney’s live action Cinderella remake there was apparently a new Inside Out sneak peek. Not much is currently known about what happened in the sneak peek, but from what I’ve heard, it is incredible!
New “The Peanuts Movie” Posters
On Thursday, Yahoo! Movies released some exclusive domestic character posters for “The Peanuts Movie”. Check them out below:
Not too much new is shown, but I do like the style that Blue Sky is going with for this film. It keeps the look and feel of the original cartoons, but combines it with the 3D animation that most films today have. I think it does that pretty well. I hope that this film doesn’t go too mainstream and keeps the old-fashion cartooness (for lack of a better word) of the originals.
Toy Story 4 Will Not Be Part of the Original Trilogy
This news has been out for a little while ago, but it’s just now going crazy around the web, so I’ll go ahead and add it on. Last November, Disney announced that Toy Story was getting a fourth film and that it was to be a romantic comedy. John Lasseter, director of Toy Story 1 and 2, is coming back to direct. Well, according to Pixar president Jim Morris, this film is separate from the trilogy. He said the following:
“The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind. It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie.”
I like that this film is going to be it’s own separate film, Toy Story 3 ended the series great! I’m excited to see this especially considering that the Pixar heads could’t help, but to do this film. Toy Story 4 comes to theaters on June 16, 2017.
New “Inside Out” Trailer To Be Released on Tuesday
As I discussed in the other “Inside Out” section above, there was a sneak peek shown at the Cinderella world premiere. It looks like we’ll get to see this sneak peek (not officially that exact sneak peek, but this is my guess) this upcoming Tuesday. Inside Out’s official Twitter tweeted this out on Friday:
I am personally REALLY excited for this. Normally the second trailer of a Disney or Pixar film (especially for the more recent films) has revealed much more about the film than the first trailer and the teaser. I will be sure to write up a full post with my thoughts when it is released!
That concludes this weeks Woody’s Roundup. Be sure to tune in each Saturday for a collection of next week’s animation news. Feel free to share your thoughts on this news in the comments below and please like this if you enjoyed it!