Frozen 2 is Official, Kung Fu Panda 3 News, And More (Woody’s Roundup #2)

Welcome to the second episode of Woody’s Roundup, a segment here on The Reel Insider. 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! So, let’s get started on this week! (March 8-14, 2015)

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New “Inside Out” Trailer

I’m not going to go into this trailer, considering I made a whole post on it. Let’s just say I’m really excited! (Click here to check out the full post)

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An “Inside Out” Themed Short Will Appear on It’s Blu-Ray

Variety released a post explaining 10 Animators people should Watch. One of these 10 is Pixar animator, Josh Cooley. In his section of the post, it was explained that Cooley is the current head os story on the next Pixar film, Inside Out. It also mentions that he directed a recent Inside Out themed short that will be on Inside Out’s Blu-Ray. I’m excited to see this short, especially considering the last film-themed shorts that have been on past Pixar Blu-Rays.

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“Toy Story 4” to be Co-Directed by Josh Cooley

In the same Variety article, it was revealed that Josh Cooley would also be co-directing the next Toy Story sequel, along with main director John Lasseter. This is simply all that we know about this news, but I’m excited to see Cooley at work on Toy Story 4. I am extremely excited for Inside Out, and Cooley being a big part of it makes me more excited to see how the fourth Toy Story film will turn out.

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There Have Been “Rumblings” on a “Big Hero 6” Sequel

Voice of Honey Lemon from the first film (Genesis Rodriguez) recently had an interview for the film, Run All Night. In this interview, she spilled a little about a possible Big Hero 6 sequel. Check it out:


How is it to have your name attached to a now Oscar-winning project?

Genesis: It’s cool. It’s really cool.

Have they lined you up for a sequel or anything yet?

Genesis: There’s rumblings of something else happening. I mean yesterday I just saw that it’s the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. I doubt that they wouldn’t want to do another one. It was a huge success.

That’s typically the way they work.

Genesis: Right? But they are doing ‘Frozen.’ So, who knows? Maybe they’ll do something with ‘Big Hero 6.’

What do you do with the number? “Big Hero 6.2”?

Genesis: Well, it’s a comic book, so they have so many… It’s a Marvel franchise that Disney adapted. Just like comic books, you could make it a complete different story and the superheroes reunited to attack someone else. So it’s a perfect little setup they got for a sequel if they wanted to.


I’m excited to see what Disney would do with a sequel and Im glad they are at least talking about an idea. Regardless of the release of a sequel or not, it’s good to here these “rumblings”.

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New “Frozen Fever” Poster, Plot Details, and Song!

The official poster for the Frozen-themed short, Frozen Fever, released earlier this week. (You can see it on the right) I really like the look of the poster and those little snow creatures, apparently called “snowgies”.

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Along with the poster, we got a little information regarding the short. Producer of the short, Peter Del Vecho, mentioned this about the little creatures:

We realized we wanted Olaf to remain pure, so quickly it evolved into these fun little snowballs we call ‘snowgies’ that bring a lot of mischief and fun to the short.

Also, Frozen co-director Chris Buck mentioned the following regarding the short:

“We could see some different opportunities for some fun and that just got all of us going…Elsa’s never really been able to throw a party for Anna. They were apart most of their growing up.

Interesting to hear that there was some fun going into this short, and it not just being a money grab. I’m sure it’s a fun short!

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Along with this the short’s song “Making Today a Perfect Day” was released on iTunes and YouTube. Feel fee to check the song out, but be warned that the song apparently spoils the short. Also, if you want to check the short out for your self it is in theaters now in front of Cinderella.

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“Teaser Trailer for “Hotel Transylvania 2”

Sony Animation released the first official teaser trailer for it’s film for this year, Hotel Transylvania 2. While I’m not really very excited for this film, since the first one wasn’t really the best, I like this trailer. It definitely doesn’t show anything from the plot really, but it shows a little comedy, which was probably one of my favorite parts of the original.

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“Frozen 2” is Official

Cue the fangirls, because a sequel to Frozen was officially announced at the Disney Shareholder’s meeting this past Thursday. (I did a write-up on the meeting itself, which you can check out by clicking here) While no official release date was released, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will be returning to direct. While I’m not the most excited to see this (since the first one was pretty good, but not nearly as good as the other recent Disney Animation films), I hope it’ll be a fun story and a fun movie overall.

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Lots of New “Kung Fu Panda 3” News

I want to give some thanks to Rotoscopers for compiling all of this information, so that I could present it to you guys! First we have a synopsis thanks to Nick Cooke, Director of hardlines at DreamWorks Animation UK:

Po continues his now legendary legendary adventures of of awesomeness and must face two, hugely epic, but very different threads. Po has saved the world countless times, but none of that has prepared him for his greatest challenge yet – pleasing 2 fathers. Po reunites with his biological father (Bryan Cranston) and returns to his birthplace, yet soon realizes he doesn’t fit in. There he meets the overly eager Mei Mei (Rebel Wilson), who has been promised an arranged marriage to Po. Po must also battle an evil spirit called The Collector (Mads Mikkelsen), who is able to steal the powers of every Kung Fu Master he defeats – and his sights are set on Po.

Along with Cranston, Wilson, and Mikkelsen, J. K. Simmons is unofficially going to be in the film. This is thanks to Phil Craven, a storyboard artist at DreamWorks, after he posted this on Instagram:

Kung Fu Panda 3 recording with Mr. Whiplash himself ▯ Super nice guy, didn’t throw a single chair at us or spray saliva on us mid-cuss ▯ #kungfupanda #oscarwinner @HankMardukas #bff #superdeepvoice #JJonahJameson #friendlyneighborhoodkungfumaster

We also have some “leaked” images of new characters.

This character is Mei Mei, the character to be voiced by Rebel Wilson.

This character is The Collector, the character to be voiced by Mads Mikkelsen. Appearently, this character is going to be one of the most formidable villains in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

This character is apparently named Bao, but we have no official word.

Lastly, the most exciting of the news in my opinion, is we have some word on a teaser for Kung Fu Panda 3. According to some Tumblr users who saw an early screening of DreamWorks’ film Home, a teaser for the film played in front of the screening. Sounds really great!

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Genndy Tartakovsky No Longer the “Popeye” Director

Gennedy Tartakovsky revealed this week that he will no longer be directing Sony Animation’s Popeye film. He stated the following:

‘Popeye,’ at least, we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don’t know if they want to make the ‘Popeye’ that I want to make. So they’ve got to make a decision. Right now, I’m off that project and moving on to the other one that we soft-announced, which is ‘Can You Imagine?’ which is an original idea of my own and a very personal story. It was hard to let ‘Popeye’ go, but that’s the business.

It’s sad to hear, but this kind of thing happens all the time. For instance, Bob Peterson of Pixar was taken off as director of The Good Dinosaur for the same reason. I hope to see Tartakovsky working well on his original project.

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“The Lego Movie Sequel” Will Take Place In a Dystopian World

Following a Lego Movie screening at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller came out to have a Q and A session. Obviously, some questions regarding the sequel came up. Lord and Miller said that The Lego Movie Sequel will take place a little while after the original in a “weird, dystopian version of Bricksburg”. Along with this, they revealed that a new character would join the main characters in the sequel. Appearently, Emmet’s sister will join him (and most likely some of the other main characters of the original) in this dystopian setting. I’m excited to see where they take this sequel, especially because I loved the first one so much!

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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!

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