Today, DreamWorks Animation presented a sneak peek at the three films set for release in 2013: The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. While the films are in varying stages of completeness, clips from each movie were screened to give the audience a sense of tone, story and aesthetics. Not familiar with the movies in question? Here’s a look at the relevant directors and voice casts:
- The Croods – Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke, The Croods opens March 22, 2013 in 3D.
- Turbo – Directed by David Soren and featuring a voice cast including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson, Turbo opens July 19, 2013 in 3D.
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Directed by Rob Minkoff and featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, Leslie Mann and Stanley Tucci, Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens November 1, 2013 in 3D.
Hit the jump for a recap of the sneak peeks.
The classic “dog and his pet boy” cartoon that appeared as part of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show will be appearing in 3D theaters as DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Voicing the world’s smartest dog and his naive companion will be, respectively, Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man). Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) will direct from a script by Craig Wright (Six Feet Under) which follows the duo as they attempt to restore order to historical events after Sherman uses Mr. Peabody’s time machine without permission. The voice of Mr. Peabody was originally supposed to go to Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), but I find Burrell to be an equally fitting personality for the inquisitive canine. Hit the jump for more on Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which is schedule to release on March 14, 2014.
With films that have grossed more than one and a half billion dollars worldwide, Rob Minkoff is one of only a few filmmakers to have directed both live-action and animated features, and innovated the use of the combined mediums. Along with supervising the creation of The Lion King, he’s worked with an incredible array of award-winning talent throughout his career. Now, the animated masterpiece that has won Oscars, inspired a hugely successful Broadway show, and is the best-selling home entertainment release of all-time is returning to theaters in 3D, for the first time ever.
At a press day for the film that was held at the Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL), which houses over 60 million pieces of art from over 80 years, the film’s co-director spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about the decision to convert the much-loved animated feature to 3D, how much more immersive the entire experience is now, how animation has changed since the film’s original release, the difference between directing an animated feature versus a live-action one, and how exciting and gratifying it is to see animation brought to life. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Back at the end of June, Collider was invited to participate in a long-lead press day for the much-loved, classic Disney animated feature The Lion King, which has now been turned into Disney Digital 3D. As if seeing The Lion King in 3D wasn’t cool enough by itself, the interviews were held at the Disney Animation Research Library, which houses approximately 65 million pieces of art produced over more than 80 years. While we will have exclusive interviews with the film’s co-director Rob Minkoff, stereoscopic supervisor Robert Neuman, and animators Mark Henn (“Young Simba”) & Tony Bancroft (“Pumbaa”) closer to the September 16th return to theaters, I wanted to give a preview of my impressions of the 3D conversion and my experience touring the vaults of artwork and character sculptures that are housed within the ARL. Check out my thoughts on the 3D conversion and what it was like to tour the ARL after the jump. We’ve also got a bunch of images.
The first trailer for the heist comedy Flypaper has been released. Directed by Rob Minkoff, the film centers on two different groups of robbers who attempt to hold up a bank at the same time. While Tim Blake Nelson is spot on, the trailer seems a bit lacking, trying too hard to be Clue but coming up short. And the Patrick Dempsey/Ashley Judd romance doesn’t seem to work at all. Matt saw the film at Sundance and while he thought the film ultimately didn’t work as well as it tried, it was still good for a few laughs.
In addition to Dempsey, Judd and Nelson, the film also stars Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey Tambor, John Ventimiglia, and Matt Ryan. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
The films I saw at Sundance this year involved a variety of subjects ranging from hippies to shot-gun wielding hobos to cults to young love to hippies to puppetry to cults to euthanasia to hippies to Roger Corman to cults. I didn’t think my first year at Sundance would close out with an inoffensive, innocuous movie like Flypaper. A caper comedy that wants to be Inside Man meets Clue meets Ten Little Indians but never becomes a fraction as good as any of those movies, Flypaper still manages some laughs due to its manic energy, non-stop jokes, and the brilliant Tim Blake Nelson.
Robert Downey Jr. is hopping in the WABAC Machine. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Downey will be providing the voice of Mr. Peabody in DreamWorks Animation’s adaptation of the Rocky & Bullwinkle characters Peabody and Sherman. For those unfamiliar with the charming cartoon, Peabody was a highly-intelligent dog who would, with the help of his trusty boy Sherman, travel through time using the WABAC (pronounced “Wayback”) Machine. The Lion King director Rob Minkoff will helm the film using a script from Yogi Bear screenwriters Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin. For those worried that we’re in for another wretched CGI/live-action hybrid, you can put that fear to rest (as far as the medium is concerned). Peabody and Sherman will be fully computer animated. And like all DreamWorks Animation films, it will be in 3D.
Hit the jump for more details on the project.