Now this is more like it. After a few quiet weeks, this week has been an absolute belter for animation news (although it's not all been good). Lots of casting news from Marvel, films announced and detailed from Warner Bros. and Disney, and a fun new clip from Cloudy 2; but, on the flip side, we've got directorial removals, a potential-packed animation director leaving Disney, and a whopping great retirement at the very end of the week. As usual, we've got your latest Disney Retrospective and Futurama, A Swan Song, and we've also get the big D23/Despicable Me 2 episode of the A113Animation Podcast! So for all that, and to catch up on what you might have missed in the past 7 days, check out our weekly recap below.
New Cloudy 2 clip: We started the week off in a fun way, with a cartoony, hilarious and completely great new clip from SPA's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The succulent sequel stars the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Terry Crews, and this new clip showed Hader's Flint getting the gang back together. Check it out in all its ridiculous glory here.
here). Then on Friday, it was confirmed. Ed Catmull and Pixar GM Jim Morris offered up comments, and a team of four was announced as currently helming the film. Fortunately, Bob's apparently staying put at Pixar. More on that whole situation here.
here, the parting seems to be entirely amicable, and John left with a rather snazzy parting gift. We look forward to seeing what he does next!
a master of various voices, will be voicing the bad-ass Rocket Raccoon in the line-up. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel is all but confirmed to be voicing Groot. Check out Nadine's coverage of the announcement here.
Disney Retrospective, Pocahontas: Munir's penned his longest Retrospective yet this week, analysing in some depth Disney's 33rd animated classic, 1995's Pocahontas. The film is generally accepted as the turning point towards Disney's less-acclaimed Renaissance flicks (in fact, Munir introduced the second half of the era here), but Munir argues that, removed from the films that surround it and were released the same year, Pocahontas is a wonder all of its own. "Pocahontas is no Lion King, but it's no Chicken Little either," he summarised. Read the full review here.
Futurama, A Swan Song - Week 11: Things are winding up over at Matt Groening's other show, seemingly for good. Futurama has been cancelled before, and it may well come back, but for all intents and purposes, next week is the final episode. This week, after yet another love let-down, Zoidberg "meets Marianne, who happens to be perfect for him: she was born with no sense of smell." Check out the penultimate instalment of Damien's countdown column here; next week, the finale.
The A113Animation Podcast - Episode 4: D23 and Despicable Me 2: D23 was a couple of weeks ago now, but here's our big, audio recap of everything exciting to do with Disney and Pixar that went with the expo. William, Damien, Munir and, making her podcast debut, Mayra talked in some depth about all the animated films discussed their, and about this week's film, which is Illumination Entertainment's mega-bucks-making Despicable Me 2. There's a bit of chatter about Planes, Turbo, The Lone Ranger, Breaking Bad and Doctor Who as well. Check out the show and accompanying show notes here!