2011 Animation Preview
This is the second and final collaboration between Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital and Walt Disney. In this performance-capture film, a young boy learns that his mom ain't so bad after she is kidnapped by Martians. Adult Swim, ShadowMachine Films, Stoopid Monkey and Williams Street all have a hand in this production as well. Matte World Digital provided visual effects and The Third Floor the previz. Seth Green is voicing the young hero and he is joined by Joan Cusack, Breckin Meyer, Dan Fogler and Billy Dee Williams. Simon Wells, who helmed Balto and The Prince of Egypt, is the director.
Carlos Saldanha sets into the director's chair for Blue Sky Studios' first original story since they launched with Ice Age. The story centers on Blu, a domesticated blue macaw, who is introduced to the wild female blue macaw, Jewel, in order to save the species. (Due to the similarity to this and Alpha and Omega, Pixar dropped the development of Gary Rydstrom's Newt.) Blu's world is rocked when he gets pulled out of his comfy life and is thrust into Rio de Janeiro. Voice cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez and Will I Am. The early word is it's very good.
Many consider Kung Fu Panda to be the best DreamWorks feature, so its follow-up is another one of the hotly anticipated animated films of the year. Jennifer Yuh, who has been a story and storyboard artist at DreamWorks for years, makes her feature-film directing debut on the new adventure, which finds Po (Jack Black) looking into his past, while trying to stop the peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) from using a weapon that could rid the world of kung fu. In addition to the returning Furious Five voices and Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu, the film finds new kung fu masters in James Woods as Skunkman, Alias' Victor Garber as Thundering Rhino, Michelle Yeoh as Soothsayer and Jean-Claude Van Damme as Croc.