Author: Animation Force

animationforce: “You working on any movies rig…


“You working on any movies right now?”
“Just one.”

Monsters University director Dan Scanlon coyly teased an inquiring fan on Twitter this month before announcing at D23 that he’ll be helming one of Pixar’s next projects: an “untitled suburban fantasy.” reports that John Lasseter introduced the project and Scanlon at the Expo by saying, “We love taking audiences to new worlds they’ve never seen before.” An encouraging promise in light of the sequels currently slated for Pixar after original film Coco this year: Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, while exciting, won’t be taking anyone to completely new worlds. 

The film will cover a very personal topic to Scanlon: a unknown father, lost at an early age. (I am making a note to bring tissues to this one — Pixar films can really make you cry). 

Scanlon also explained that “this movie is a mixture of the fantastic and everyday.” The D23 website provides more insight:

The story is set in a world with no humans—only elves, trolls, and sprites—“anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s,” said the director. “In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.” 

The release date, while not yet set, should be no sooner than 2020, with slots on March 13 or June 19 available for that year. June 18, 2021, has also been reserved by Pixar.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

Pixar has announced the film title: 


Disney-Pixar announces new film “Onward” from …

Disney-Pixar announces new film “Onward” from “Monsters University” director Dan Scanlon

Inspired by Scanlon’s “own relationship with his brother,” the film will star the voices of Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer and Tom Holland. Long-term Pixar producer Kori Rae will produce. 

Yes, this was the one Scanlon teased in 2017.

“Onward” follows two elf teens searching to discover if their “suburban fantasy world” still contains magic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

The film releases in theaters on March 6, 2020.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

The Endless Possibilities of the ‘Spider-Verse…

The Endless Possibilities of the ‘Spider-Verse’:

This Thursday, Sony Animation’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” hits theaters in the U.S. 

But the film has already been making some major waves, with amazing pre-release reviews, an impressive collection of animation styles, and, as The Hollywood Reporter argues in the link above, the chance to establish animation as the ultimate superhero platform for diverse stories that “we would never see come to fruition in live action.”

“The Spider-Verse is about to forever change our perception of what Spider-Man can be on film with an ambitious multifilm franchise that looks to be the next great leap for comic book movies,” journalist Richard Newby writes. 

The support Spider-Verse has is special. Sony already greenlit a Miles Morales-lead sequel and a “Spider-Women” spinoff feature film. Outside companies are also committed to Sony’s Spider-vision — Deadline reported earlier this month that Spider-Verse should already have earned more than its budget ($90 million), thanks to global brand promotional partners alone. 

And by establishing each area of the Spider-Man multiverse with distinct animation styles, the potential for continued innovation in animation and storytelling has a strong foundation. As Newby argues — or perhaps, praises —Sony should take this film as an opportunity to keep giving light to new voices, outside the traditional view of the web-slinging hero Peter Parker, and outside the traditional view of who can make a great superhero movie.

This animated film is set up to make history and, just maybe, to blaze trails for animation to be seen in new ways by the general film audience. As Newby says, “This is an opportunity to see experimentation within the superhero format, to test boundaries, push limits and see what sticks to the wall like only a Spider-Man can.”

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

Floor Kids PS4 Trailer Sports A Rough 2D Anima…

Floor Kids PS4 Trailer Sports A Rough 2D Animation Style

Playstation’s Youtube channel describes the game: 

Floor Kids is a one-of-a-kind breakdancing game featuring a unique trick-style rhythm gameplay. Innovative controls allow you the freedom to play the way you like with a dynamic scoring system that rewards your moves based on musicality, originality, and style. Build up your crew of bboys and bgirls, unlock new venues as you traverse the city, busting hundreds of different moves and countless combinations on your journey from the corner to the club. 

Floor Kids releases November 27, 2018


GRIS Beautiful 2D Trailer

GRIS Beautiful 2D Trailer

This gorgeous 2D platformer developed by Nomada Studio, is releasing December 13th on Nintendo Switch and PC. 


Brandon Warren Teases Upcoming DuckTales Episo…

Brandon Warren Teases Upcoming DuckTales Episode 

Brandon Warren, a storyboard artist at Disney TV Animation on DuckTales, tweeted out a teaser for the upcoming Saturday episode of DuckTales on Wednesday. He shared the above image, along with a statement highlighting the writer, director and storyboard artists (including himself) behind the episode. 

New #DuckTales Episode this SATURDAY 11/17. See what happens when Storkules comes to Duckburg! Written by @madisonbateman Directed by @americanninjax Storyboarded by @gostephgo, Vaughn Tada & myself. We had a lot of fun working with the ½ man, the myth, the legend, STORKULES! – Brandon Warren


Ralph Breaks The Internet Is Coming Very Soon

Ralph Breaks The Internet Is Coming Very Soon

Are you going? The film comes out in a week on November 21. This trailer gives the impression of a Ready Player One, and the film is looking crazier than ever. 


animationforce: Toy Story 4 First Teaser, Wit…


Toy Story 4 First Teaser, With A New Character

The first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 just dropped, and it truly is a teaser. There’s not much told about the film, other than the obvious reintroduction of all the main characters. However, there’s a new face here. The character looks like a craft made out of a spork, pipe cleaners and some googly eyes. 

Toy Story 4 is set to come out June 21, 2019 in US theaters. It’s being directed by Josh Cooley, who previously directed the short, Riley’s First Date?, and has been a storyboard artist on Up, and Cars 2. Toy Story 4 will be Cooley’s directorial debut for feature films. 


In case the first Toy Story 4 teaser trailer wasn’t enough — here’s another one, released shortly after! This time, featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele:

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

Mamoru Hasoda’s Mirai Gets Nonlinear In This O…

Mamoru Hasoda’s Mirai Gets Nonlinear In This Official English Trailer

Mirai from Mamoru Hasoda (Summer Wars, The Boy and the Beast) officially released July 2018 in Japan, but is now coming to the US. GKIDS releases Mirai on November 30th, and it will be showing in limited release in various theaters around the country, including as Fathom Events. 

As we previously wrote

The film follows four-year-old Kun-chan as he becomes a big brother to Mirai, his baby sister whom he believes “stole his parents’ love from him,” Anime News Network reports. During the first “overwhelming” time in Kun-chan’s life, he ends up meeting an older version of his sister when she arrives from the future. 


Responses To The Pokemon Detective Pikachu Tra…


We’ve gotten some thoughts on the Pokemon Detective Pikachu Trailer, after we shared it today. Here are some of your thoughts:

@1999saturn-s: “this is the Mario Bros live action movie of the 21st century”

@harmonicacave: “I love one (1) smol yellow detective.”

@robofists-revenge: “This was the most surreal movie trailer I’ve ever seen in my life. Shame

it was given to Rob Letterman, his track record is abysmal, but fingers crossed that WB knows how important this license is to let him mess it up.”

Will it be the next Mario Brothers live action movie, like 1999saturn-s suggests? Robofists-revenge makes a good point too. Not the most tested director, but we are looking at a cardinal studio here with one of the biggest money makers of franchises in their hands. Hopefully the film ends up being a winner. I think it’s got the look, but I hope the story is there. 

– Christopher