Welcome to the fourth 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 and I want to share it here more! Let’s get started! (April 26 – May 2, 2015)
“Inside Out” TV Spot Shows Off Some New Scenery and Characters
(Thanks to Pixar Post for the video)
Inside Out is fast approaching and I’m really excited! This new TV spot premiered on Disney Channel and shared some new scenes. One of the newest additions is Cloud Town. We even get a view at one citizen of the town (I’d assume, at least). You may also notice the two police officers. It seems they’re going after Joy, which could make for an interesting subplot, very curious to see where it goes. Also, a quick second look at the clown and the Train of Thought was shown.
“Kung Fu Panda 3” Cast Change and Official Synopsis
Recently, director of Kung Fu Panda 3, Jennifer Yuh, visited the Beijing International Film Festival and revealed that cast member Mads Mikkelsen left the cast. DreamWorks later confirmed this claim and clarified that this was because his character was rewritten.
DreamWorks, this week, also released this official first synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 3:
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
Excited to see news on Kung Fu Panda 3 and am excited to see the film next January!
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” to Release in the United States This August
Recently, Lionsgate announced on their Twitter that Aardman’s film “Shaun of the Sheep Movie”, based on the television show “Shaun of the Sheep”, would release in the United States on August 7 of this year:
The film released in the United Kingdom this February and still holds an 100% score (of 33 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes. Definitely interested to see this film, especially giving this rating.
“Sanjay’s Super Team” to Premiere in Front of “The Good Dinosaur” This November
This week the newest Pixar short was announced! “Sanjay’s Super Team” is to be released in theaters in front of “The Good Dinosaur” this November and have it’s world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Director of the short, Sanjay Patel, based the story off of his own childhood. In an interview with the LA Times, Patel explained that the story follows a younger him at his family’s Route 66 motel and his daydream about superheroes during a family meditation. The short is produced by Nicole Paradis Grindle (an associate producer on “Toy Story 3” and “Monsters University”) and music composed by Mychael Danna (known for his work on Indian-set films like “Life of Pi” and “Monsoon Wedding”). I’m excited to see where this story goes and I’m glad the director is putting a personal touch on the short, as it brings a real feel to it.
Netfix Orders an Animated Series Based “Green Eggs and Ham”
Recently, television host Ellen DeGeneres officially announced on her show that her production company is producing an animated series based on Dr. Suess’ book “Green Eggs and Ham”. The series was green-lit by Netflix and is to have 13 episodes. The show is going into production starting in May for a 2018 premiere, because it is expected to be “the highest-end, most expensive animated program ever produced for television.” The budget is currently unknown, however, Deadline mentioned (in an article on the series) that it could possibly cost upwards of $5-6 million per episode. Netflix released the following Dr. Suess styled press release for the show:
NETFLIX ORDERS GREEN EGGS AND HAM
THIRTEEN EPISODES FOR THE WHOLE FAM
In 2018, This Classic Book
Comes to TV with a Whole New Look
Beverly Hills, Calif., April 29, 2015 –
Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.
We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.
In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!
Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix
threw her quote into the mix:
“We think this will be a hit
Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect fit
for our growing slate of amazing stories
available exclusively in all Netflix territories.
You can stream it on a phone.
You can stream it on your own.
You can stream it on TV.
You can stream it globally.
I’m very intrigued about this series, especially considering the long and costly production. Hopefully, it’ll be a great series and I look forward to some more news regarding possibly plots/clips from the show.
That concludes this week’s 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!