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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Warner Bros. has acquired film rights to Kathryn Lasky's children's fantasy series "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" and set it up as a CGI animation film with Donald De Line producing. Lasky's seven-book series revolves around a parallel universe featuring a cast of owls and magic transformations. The first book begins with a young barn owl being pushed out of his family's nest by his older brother and then being rescued by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls. Lasky will pen the screenplay and exec produce. [1]

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is an upcoming computer-animated film based on the series of children's fantasy books Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky. Zack Snyder is directing the film, and Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Rachael Taylor, David Wenham, and Emilie de Ravin voice the characters. Production took place in Australia at Animal Logic, and the film is scheduled to be released on September 24, 2010. It will be released in part in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.[2]

Friday, February 12, 2010


Plumíferos (Free Birds) is an upcoming Argentine computer-animated feature film being made by Manos Digitales Animation Studio. Some scenes from the film were first shown at the 2005 and 2006 Blender Conferences, and a teaser was later released which showed one of the birds auditioning for the role. The first official trailer was shown on March 10 at the 2007 Mar del Plata Film Festival, where a presentation about the film was organized.

"It's an everyday universe that exists 7 feet over our heads. They are city birds that you can find in every tree or every corner."

Juan: a sparrow that feels ordinary and underestimates his own race. Accidentally, he changes the way he looks, and the same reason that will make him feel unique is what is going to put his life in danger.

Feifi: a beautiful canary that manages to escape from the cage of a network tycoon Mr. Puertas, and starts trying a new life in freedom, as a common bird.

Both of them will need to be something that they aren't and will face danger and adventures with their friends (Libia, the Pidgeon; Pipo, the Humming Bird; Clarita, the Bat; and some more). A clumsy cat, some psyco Southern Lapwings and Mr. Puertas will make everything even harder for them. Juan and Feifi will try to shape their destiny to feel truly free.


The project, after internal problems[1], has been completed and the final result will debut in theaters in Argentina on February 18, 2010

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Yona Yona Penguin 2009

Yona Yona Penguin (よなよなペンギン) is a forthcoming animated film by the Japanese anime studio Madhouse and sister company Dynamo Pictures. It will be Madhouse's first fully 3D CGI film. Famed Madhouse staff director Rintaro, known for Galaxy Express 999 and Metropolis, lead the project. French production company Denis Friedman Productions collaborated and helped fund the film.

Visual style

Madhouse has announced this film as being a "3D anime," or a film which brings an anime sensibility and design structure into the 3D CGI world. Unlike in other Japanese CG productions, such as Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, photo-realism is not emphasised. Rather, attention has been focused on giving the feel of a traditionally-made anime to a completely computerized production. As Madhouse's expertise has long been in the creation of traditional 2D animation, much of the actual 3D animation is to be done by the French animation studio Def2shoot, the Thai studio Imagimax, and the Japanese studio Dynamo Pictures, with Madhouse providing direction and storyboards.


In a move away from the typical anime release schedule, distribution deals for showing the film outside of Japan have been signed with the Hong Kong based Golden Network (for release in Asia) and the French based management company Wild Bunch (for Europe). Rights to release the film in the United States are currently set to be given by Japanese studio Shochiku and Madhouse's U.S. division. Three versions of the film are to be produced: one for the Japanese market, one for the French market, and one for the English language market.[1] The Japanese version of the film, which will use the original script (it is unclear if changes will be made to the other versions) was originally scheduled for a December, 2008 release, but was pushed back to 2009.[2] The other versions remain tentatively set for release in 2009. At the 2008 European Film Market (a film trade fair held in tandem with the Berlin International Film Festival), the film was licensed by Wild Bunch for 11 European markets. The film will be distributed in the United Kingdom by Metropolitan, in France by JBK, and in Russia and other former Soviet countries by Central Partnership.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

9 (2009 film)

9 is a 2009 computer-animated fantasy film directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The film stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer.[2][3] It is based on Acker's Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film of the same name.[4] The screenplay for the film was written by Pamela Pettler. Casting for 9 was done by Mindy Marin, with production design by Robert St. Pierre and Fred Warter, and art direction by Christophe Vacher.


A Scientist creates a small mechanical humanoid homunculus (also called a "stitchpunk"). The Scientist believes humanity caused its own doom by blindly pursuing science and technology. Using a talisman, he gives life to the doll (9), then dies.

9 (Elijah Wood) awakens in the Scientist's workshop, finding the talisman. Outside, society has been destroyed, and the Earth left desolate. Seeing someone below, 9 tries calling out but is unable to speak. He grabs the talisman and runs outside. He comes across 2 (Martin Landau) who gives him a doll's voice box. They are attacked by the 'Cat Beast' which captures 2, taking him toward three tall shapes. As he is running away, 9 tears his shoulder, and eventually passes out from exhaustion.

When 9 awakens, he meets one-eyed 5 (John C. Reilly) who has sewn 9's shoulder and brought him to a church. 9 meets the stubborn and irritable 1 (Christopher Plummer) and the large, brutish 8 (Fred Tatasciore). 1 says the machines have destroyed everything, and 5 takes 9 to the watchtower where he can see where 2 was taken; he and 5 go to save him. After a fight with the 'Cat Beast' (who was about to put the talisman that he took along with 2, into a dormant machine). They meet 7 (Jennifer Connelly) the only female stitchpunk, who kills the machine. 9 places the talisman where the beast was about to put it, and 2 pushes him aside only, but is killed. The Fabrication Machine awakens, and after another fight, 9, 5, and 7 escape, devastated by 2's death.

7 leads them to the mute twins 3 and 4 (they communicate with flashing lights in their eyes). 9 draws a picture of the talisman after learning that the Scientist built the B.R.A.I.N. (the Fabrication Machine) for good. Instead it builds machines for evil, destroying humans. 5 tells 9 that the picture he drew is the same as what 6 (Crispin Glover) always draws. They return to look at 6's paintings, but are caught by 8 and turned into 1. Furious, 1 states that 9 only causes trouble. They are still quarreling when they are attacked by the 'Winged Beast', which the Fabrication Machine invented in the time they were gone.

The church catches fire in the fight, and the beast is destroyed in a downed plane's propeller. The stitchpunks move to a deserted graveyard. 1 admits after a quarrel with 9 that he actually sent 2 out to die,and not for a scouting mission, his excuse being that he was "old and weak." 8 and 7 are captured by another beast, 'The Seamstress' who uses 2's lifeless body as bait. 9, 6, 3, 5 and 4 have a small memorial for 2.

9 can only save 7 because 9 came too late, and the machine sucked 8's soul out; they destroy the factory. They celebrate, but 5, chasing a vinyl phonograph record that rolled down a hill, finds the machine is still alive. 5 warns the others just before the machine absorbs his life. The remaining stitchpunks run across a bridge, which cracks in half, stranding the machine being on the other side. It grabs 6, but he tells them not to destroy it, because others are "trapped inside." The machine kills him and drops his body into the chasm. 9, the only one who believes 6, does what 6 said: "go back to the source," which 9 recognizes as the room he awoke in.

In the scientist's workshop, 9 finds a box labeled "9", and opens it. A hologram appears, and the scientist shows him how to use the talisman against the machine.

9 finds the others struggling to destroy the machine with a cannon, but it only slightly damages it, forcing them to run. They hide under a box covered by a live ammunition belt. 9 tells them to use him as bait. He shows them how to use the talisman, but the machine finds them. They run, and the machine lights off the bullets with a blast of fire. The explosion throws 7 up against a wooden post and 1's hand is injured. 9 prepares to sacrifice himself, despite 7's desperate pleas. 1 pushes 9 aside and is killed instead. 9 uses the talisman and the machine explodes. 7, 3, and 4 rush over to help 9, who had been knocked out by the blast and falling debris. 7 congratulates him, but 9 says there is still more to be done.

9, 3, 4, and 7 set up memorials for the dead stitchpunks, and 9 activates the talisman once again. The spirits of 5, 2, 1, 8, and 6 appear. 1 places a hand on 9's shoulder, implying 9 did a good job, then disappears with the others into the sky. 7 murmurs that they are free now. It begins to rain; the amazed stitchpunks have never seen water before. Water droplets fall on the camera lens, and small green specks inside the drops are moving around, indicating life has survived.

7 asks 9, "What happens next?" 9 replies, "I don't know. But the world is ours now. It's what we make of it."

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Monday, February 8, 2010

The Bear and the Bow 2011

The Bear and the Bow is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It is written and directed by Brenda Chapman and features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson Wendy Van Der Plank and Julie Walters. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and is scheduled for release around Christmas 2011.

In rugged and mythic Scotland, the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida (Reese Witherspoon), though a daughter of royalty, would rather make her mark as an archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father's kingdom and her mother's life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark ancient curse
Voice cast

* Reese Witherspoon as Princess Merida
* Billy Connolly as King Fergus
* Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor
* Julie Walters as Witch


The film, Pixar's first fairy tale, is a combination of Brenda Chapman's love of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, as well as a reflection on raising her daughter.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Newt (Film) 2011

Newt is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and is scheduled for release for summer 2012.


Two newts, Newt and Brooke, live in a community college biology lab and don't care for each other, yet as the last remaining blue-footed newts on the planet, they are forced to mate and carry on the tradition.

Writer and Director Gary Rydstrom explained "Newt is smart but he's never had to think for himself and is pampered. Brooke on the other hand is streetwise and not to be messed with. It’s fair to say it’s about as bad as first dates can get!"

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Madagascar 3 2012

Madagascar is an animated film series produced by DreamWorks Animation. Voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer are featured in the films. The plot follows the adventures of story of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa.

Madagascar 3 (2012)

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg confirmed that there will be an additional sequel to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Katzenberg stated, "there is at least one more chapter. We ultimately want to see the characters make it back to New York." At the Television Critics Association press tour, Katzenberg was asked if there will be a third and final film in the series. He replied, "Yes, we are making a Madagascar 3 now, and it will be out in the summer of 2012." According to, in the film, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple; King Julien, Maurice, and the Penguins along for the adventure, and even Marlene the Otter from The Penguins of Madagascar show is also said to be joining the movie series. This time the road takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus Madagascar Style! Its rumored that Victoria Beckham will voice a lioness who works and lives at the circus they all attend but it's unknown who that character is.

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