JoBlo recently exclusively announced, via "a trusted and reliable source from a recent marketing event", a horde of Disney film news directly concerning at least four projects that we here at A113Animation are very excited about.
Animation things first: We know that Up co-director Bob Peterson's solo directorial debut, The Good Dinosaur, explores a world where dinosaurs never went extinct and instead live on Earth, alongside humans; we've gleaned, from its concept art, that it'll involve a friendship between a young human boy and a dinosaur. JoBlo says said dino is called "Jacob (pronounced Yacob)," and that it does indeed follow him and "his “pet boy” on an adventure to save their collective worlds."
The Good Dinosaur, scored by Thomas Newman, is sounding more and more interesting and remains one of our most anticipated films of 2014 (it's due on 30th May, 2014 in the US and 18th July, 2014 in the UK).
Speaking of hotly anticipated 2014 animated releases, we also heard a little bit more about Disney's own animated Marvel adaptation, Big Hero 6. What use this information is to those unfamiliar with the comics is very questionable, but JoBlo says that the film's lead character is called "Hiro Hamada" and "is joined by Wasabi No Ginger, Honey Lemon, Fred, and Baymax, who are trying to stop Hiro’s invention, called “swarm microbots” which fall into the wrong hands," adding that "one of the key plot elements is that Hiro’s brother was killed in a mysterious accident."
Big Hero 6 is just the latest in a long stream of exciting, original projects coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film's directed by Winnie the Pooh's Don Hall and released on 7th November, 2014.
JoBlo also has details on Marvel's post-2013 slate. On the Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier - which is being directed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe - JoBlo says that it "is pretty much a sequel to THE AVENGERS," adding that it "plays the biggest role in leading into THE AVENGERS 2." Chris Evans's Captain America will share the film with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, and the article says that "the sequel will go more in-depth on [her] back story and gadgetry."
Cap 2 happens to be my most anticipated Phase 2 Marvel film and certainly looks set to be one to watch out for. The Winter Soldier is due to be released on 4th April, 2014.
After Cap 2, Marvel will take a bold new step into the cosmos and release Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn (Super). The comic on which the film is based is far more obscure than those of Iron Man or Captain America, and we've heard very little official about the film so far, only that it's assembling a pretty kick-ass cast. JoBlo provides a hefty plot breakdown though, saying that "Ronan The Accuser WILL be the film’s lead villain and that Thanos does indeed play a large role in the overall scheme of things. In terms of iconic locations, The Guardians will operate out of their base of operations, called Knowhere, a space station with the ability to teleport throughout the universe."
We've recently heard Marvel head Kevin Feige say that Guardians won't be part of the Avengers 2 story arc, reiterating that, JoBlo's source says that there'll be "no members of THE AVENGERS featured in the film, but that it does take place in the same time/universe as the current phase of films."
Guardians of the Galaxy hits cinemas on 1st August, 2014.
BREAKING NEWS: Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as the fairy godmother in Disney’s upcoming live-action feature #Cinderella.
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) June 20, 2013
The last bit of news concerns a film we haven't reported on here yet, and that's Disney's in-production re-telling of Cinderella. The film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett. Apparently, Cinderella now "actually meets Prince Charming before the ball" and the film "dives deep into her childhood origins, losing her family, and what led to her living with her wicked stepmother." Disney also announced yesterday that Helena Bonham Carter will play the fairy godmother in the film.
What do you make of the latest news? Which of the films are you particularly excited for and why?