Category: animation news

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler joins Le…

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler joins LeBron James’ “Space Jam” project as producer, according to this photo on Instagram, shared by James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment.

Directed by Terence Nance, the new Space Jam movie is currently slated to begin production in the short window of NBA off-season next year, says the Hollywood Reporter

And if the numbers have any significance above the locker room, I’d guess the film itself is looking at an early 2021 release — numbers 1, 23, 20, 21 may indicate that Jan. 23, 2021 for the live-action/animation hybrid film to hit theaters.

As James told THR:

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

– Courtney ( harmonicacave )

IMAGE DESCRIPTION:

A basketball locker room with basketball gear in each of the four cubbies — a TunesSquare basketball jersey and shorts, stacks of towels, a Nike gym bag, headphones, sweatband, basketball clipboard, tennis shoes, basketball and headphones. 

Inside each cubby is Looney Tunes graffiti in black ink: Daffy was here, drawings of Marvin Martian, Lola Bunny and Tweety Bird. 

Above each locker are names, numbers and positions as follows:

  • B. Bunny, 1, Point Guard
  • L. James, 23, Small Forward
  • T. Nance, 20, Director
  • R. Coogler, 21, Producer

In Bugs’s and LeBron’s lockers, there are water bottles with Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. logos on them. Bugs’s locker also has a carrot in it!

Beloved Nicktoon “Rugrats” Returns to Screens …

Beloved Nicktoon “Rugrats” Returns to Screens Big & Small:

A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do, even if that baby is, in reality, 28 years old.

Nickelodeon announced Monday that the 1990 classic series “Rugrats” will return to the channel for a 26-episode season. The release date for this has not yet been announced, but the show creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain are all on board as executive producers again.

The babies will also have a feature film — the Rugrats’ fourth theatrical release but first in CGI — slated for November 13, 2020.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the original characters — even Reptar — will be back for the show and the film. We’re hopeful that many of the original cast will be back as well.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glenda…

Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive: undefined

Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Hea…

Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Head Walt Disney Animation In Wake Of John Lasseter’s Scheduled Exit: undefined

John Lasseter to Exit Disney at End of the Yea…

John Lasseter to Exit Disney at End of the Year: undefined

The 3rd installment of DreamWorks’ How to Trai…

The 3rd installment of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon film series is titled “The Hidden World” and will be getting a trailer premiere next week – via DWA’s Twitter

New images from Ralph Breaks the Internet were…

New images from Ralph Breaks the Internet were recently released at USA Today, including a shot of the Disney Princess cameos.

“Chicken Run” Sequel On Its Way, Says Aardman

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news early Thursday morning that StudioCanal, Pathe and Aardman Animation are teaming up again for a sequel to 2000 animated hit “Chicken Run.” 

The original film remains the most successful stop-motion film of all time, in part because of its U.S. distribution by DreamWorks Animation ($106 million of the film’s $225 million gross came from the states).

The sequel film does not yet posses a release date, but it does have its director: Sam Fell (LAIKA’s “ParaNorman”). Aardman’s Peter Lord and Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit, “Early Man”) directed the original, and while Lord returns as executive producer, Park is not currently involved. 

“Chicken Run” scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell return to write the script. 

Aardman is currently at work on a different sequel: “Shaun the Sheep Movie Farmageddon,” set for 2019. It is likely that production on “Chicken Run 2″ will begin after Farmageddon’s release. 

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

“He Who Must Not Be Named”: Can John Lasseter …

“He Who Must Not Be Named”: Can John Lasseter Ever Return to Disney?:

THR originally reported on Lasseter’s sabbatical in November 2017, following other reports about his behavior the same day.

EXCLUSIVE: Idina Menzel Leaks ‘Frozen 3&…

EXCLUSIVE: Idina Menzel Leaks ‘Frozen 3’

Source: Deadline.com

“Reporters at Deadline Hollywood uncovered the next steps for the successful Disney film franchise earlier this morning after speaking with lead Idina Menzel (Elsa).

Frozen 2 was officially announced in mid-2015 and the widely criticized 20-minute featurette

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” premiered late last year in front of Disney•Pixar’s Coco.

Reportedly, the third full installment of the Frozen brand will combine aspects of Frozen 2 and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Menzel gave Deadline a sneak peek into the future marketing campaign:

Unlike any film before its time, Frozen 3 will truly capture audiences worldwide. Participating theaters will be instructed to guide any customer into the designated Frozen theaters no matter what ticket the customer had purchased.

Guests will then be lined up and placed into priority seating, which involves the customer being securely fastened into the chair for safety. Restraints will not be released until the theater employees have been instructed to.

A fifteen-minute intermission will be given to all audiences, during which a horse carcass will be displayed and each guest will be required to give at least one beating with an approved stick. (It is unclear if theaters will provide the sticks or if guests will have to purchase them beforehand.)

After Idina Menzel finished her morning coffee she had acquired while speaking with our reporters, she remarked, “You f***ers will never make it out alive.”

Frozen 3′s release date is currently not known.”