Disney has revealed a new, upcoming project from powerhouse animation studio, Pixar, with Onward, set for release on March 6th, 2020. Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and Octavia Spencer have all been announced for the film, with the first description coming in alongside the casting.
Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney•Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. “At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” said [director Dan] Scanlon (Monsters University). “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”
Warner Bros. has released a new short for the upcoming The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The new short is holiday-themed with Emmet (Chris Pratt) planning a massive holiday party that can ominously be seen “from space.”
In the end, the lovable builder brings together all of Apocalypsburg. The short features plenty of the humor that made the first film so fantastic, and does a great job of building hype for its sequel, which hits theaters on February 8th, 2019.
After what seems like ages since its initial reveal, Entertainment Weekly has given us our first look at the upcoming animated series for Carmen Sandiego, starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) as the voice of the titular criminal. According to the reveal, the 20-episode series will be split between the present, and Carmen’s past into shaping her into the master thief she’s known as.
It’s nice to see that the interesting visual style presented in the teaser image has carried through to the show, as it was unique and looks incredibly fun. Hit the jump to check out a few additional images from the series. Carmen Sandiego hits Netflix on January 18th, 2019.
Netflix is in the midst of a busy time, with announcements coming left and right, including the new addition of The World of Roald Dahl. The announcement reveals a new animated series featuring many of Roald Dahl’s most iconic works, with the intent to bring their messages to as many children across the world as possible.
“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, said in a press release. “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”
Included works are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.
IGN is reporting that Castlevania producer, Adi Shankar, whose plate is getting quite full lately is officially working on a new animated series for Devil May Cry. Additionally, Shankar’s universe of animated series is now part of a shared universe, being officially dubbed the “Bootleg Multiverse.”
Interesting word choice for a potential shared universe of franchises from different video game companies. Maybe we’re seeing the beginnings of a new Smash Bros.-style crossover happen over at Netflix?
DC Universe has revealed a new teaser trailer for the much-anticipated new season of Young Justice: Outsiders, and with it comes our official premiere date of January 4th, 2019. The teaser trailer also reveals that Darkseid will play a role in the upcoming season, but what to end, we’ll have to wait to find out.
This will mark the first new episode of Young Justice in several years, and to say fans are excited would be quite the understatement.
Disney and Pixar have followed us yesterday’s Toy Story 4 teaser trailer with a second, very meta clip introducing two more new characters, Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele), who are very excited about the first look at Toy Story 4, despite not knowing the film’s longtime quotes. We even get a bit of back-story for the new characters:
“Woody’s journey in Toy Story 4 includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.”
Disney and Pixar Studios have unveiled the first official teaser trailer for the long-awaited upcoming sequel, Toy Story 4. The sequel will see the cast of Toy Story 3 returning, now belonging to Bonnie, whom they were left with at the end of the previous film as Andy left for college.
Director Josh Cooley introduced the trailer as such, “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story. And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.“
According to The Wrap, Chris McKay (Lego Batman The Movie) has been chosen to man the director’s chair for an upcoming Jonny Quest film. Jonny Quest is also expected to launch a live-action Hanna Barbera-verse, which means we’ve officially mined nearly all of the shared universe ideas. Additionally, McKay is still attached to the live-action Nightwing film, which is still his top focus, as of this moment.
Jonny Quest debuted in 1964 and follows a young boy, Jonny, who travels the world with his adventurous scientist father, Benton Quest, his bodyguard, Race Bannon, and adopted brother, Hadji. It’s considered one of the most beloved animated series, and can still be found airing on Boomerang, today.
After years of attempting to revive the franchise, Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures has plans to reboot the Shrek franchise, including spin-offs such as Puss in Boots. The report states that Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri has been tasked with overseeing the reboot, saying that he’s excited to explore the world of Shrek and ideally wants to work with the original cast—instead of bringing in new voice talent.
“There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world, but it’s a high bar to find a story that’s truly world,” Meledandri said. “You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure.”
According to The Wrap, producer Adi Shankar (Castlevania) is working on his next major project with Nintendo, with the two partnering to create a series based on the popular Legend of Zelda franchise. While it hasn’t been confirmed whether the project will be animated or live-action, but we should learn more on November 16th when the project is officially announced.
Adi Shankar’s Castlevania animated series launched its second season last week to much acclaim with plenty other projects in the pipeline, as well.
In what is sure to be great news for many fans, the original Teen Titans are returning, but not exactly in the form you’d expect. While it’s still unclear of the capacity of the announcement, be it a new series, movie, or mini-series, Teen Titans vs. Teen Titans GO! is a real thing, as confirmed by Warner Bros. Animation.
The above trailer is said to be from next week’s Blu-ray and DVD release of Teen TitansGO! To the Movies, leaking online ahead of its release. What do you think of this idea? A good way to ease a new audience into the old team maybe?
Dreamworks Animation has shared the latest trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World, which will serve as the end of Hiccup’s trilogy with Toothless. Exploring the themes of acceptance and moving on, the film sees Toothless finding a new “light fury” and becoming a leader among the hidden world of dragons.
The How to Train Your Dragon series has been one of the most fantastic animation series outside of Pixar, and it will be sad to see it come to an end. How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World hits theaters on February 22nd, 2019.
Variety is reporting that Christopher Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) will begin production on a new Scooby-Doo animated movie, currently titled Scooby, upon completing his Gremlins reboot. Warner Bros. and Warner Animation Group (WAG) expect to release the movie in the first quarter of 2020, after learning of Columbus’ love for their animated properties.
Columbus will be working with director Tony Cervone (The Looney Tunes Show). Kelly Fremon Craig wrote the screenplay, which is based on a draft from Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliot.
The live-action hybrid adaptations continue, with the announcement that Warner Bros. is working on a new adaptation of the classic animated series, Tom & Jerry, with director Tim Story (Fantastic Four). The film will feature the classic cat and mouse duo getting into trouble, but will focus on physical comedy, rather than the animals talking to each other.
Additionally, it’s being reported that Warner Bros. plans to focus on the animated/live-action adaptations much in the same way of the Wizarding World, and the DC Universe, moving forward.