2011 Animation Preview
The original won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Little is known about the plot for the follow-up to the surprise hit, which is being animated by George Miller's own Dr. D Studios. Elijah Wood and Robin Williams will be reprising their roles from the original. Singer Pink has been cast to replace the late Brittany Murphy as Gloria. The rest of the cast features some other new big names, including Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara. Fans of the original crowd pleaser are surely hoping George Miller's sequel captures the rousing entertainment value as the first film.
This CG feature is the first production from the partnership between Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation. The holiday-theme film sees Santa Claus ne'er do well son Arthur taking the reins of his high-tech operation in order to save Christmas by getting the presents delivered on time. Writer/producer/director Sarah Smith and Mulan helmer Barry Cook are the directors. This is Aardman's first feature since the disappointing Flushed Away and from the trailer this new one looks promising.
The performance-capture Tintin trilogy kicks off this holiday season with Steven Spielberg at the helm of the first entry. Based on Herge's The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure, the story introduces Tintin (Jamie Bell) to Capt. Haddock (Andy Serkis) as they go in search of the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. Daniel Craig will voice the pirate Red Rackham, Simon Pegg as Inspector Thompson and Nick Frost as Inspector Thomson. I'm fairly confident that this film, animated by Weta Digital, will be an international success, but how will it play in the U.S. where Tintin isn't Mickey Mouse?
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was recently named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.