Animation Fall Preview 2010
Seven animated features are currently on the fall schedule and AWN takes a chance to run them down. Disney and DreamWorks have their heavy weights, while indie releases shine as well. Warner Bros. and Animal Logic partner again. And Lionsgate enters the animation game.
My Dog Tulip (New Yorker Films, Sept. 1)
Paul and Sandra Fierlinger put their spin on the age-old tale of man and his best friend, basing their story on J.R. Ackerley's 1956 book. This indie TVPaint production from producer Norman Twain Prods. and distributor New Yorker Films will have a short run in New York. The film about a man who rescues a German Shepherd debuted at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2009 and received an honorable mention at Ottawa the same year. The voice cast features Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini.
This direct-to-DVD production is getting a two-week theatrical run in Los Angeles at the El Capitan Theatre. In the film, Tinker Bell must partner with a rival fairy in order to keep secret their existence from humans. Much like Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure last year, this film is rumored to be on Disney's list of Oscar submissions in an effort to help lift the yearly releases high enough to ensure five nominations. Director Bradley Raymond devised the story, which was scripted by Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir. Mae Whitman, who just appeared in Scott Pilgrim as one of the evil exes, voices Tink. The rest of the voice cast includes Michael Sheen, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone and Rob Paulsen. The film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 21st.
Produced by Crest Animation, this 3-D CG flick follows two polar opposite wolves that have been placed together in a foreign forest in an effort to raise the species population in the area. Too bad they hate each other. Anthony Bell (The Boondocks, Rugrats) and Ben Gluck (Brother Bear 2) helmed the production, which features the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper and Danny Glover. Crest Animation is best known for its home entertainment work on Casper and Care Bears, as well as religious programming. This film is the first of a three-picture deal Crest signed with Lions Gate Family Ent.. The next film is Norm of the North, which follows a polar bear who ends up the spokesperson for a company that is destroying his native Arctic.