There wasn't an awful lot of news this week, but what news there was was pretty great - more exciting Star Wars rumours, Toy Story of Terror promotion, Marvel stuff, Disney stuff and more. In addition, we've got pretty exciting instalments of our features this week, with Munir's review of an underrated Disney classic and Damien's final Futurama mini-review. All that, and some John Lassetery goodness, is what you might have missed this week on A113Animation.
Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? We opened the week with (yet another) piece of Star Wars casting rumour - one that, I might add, I will cry very happy tears if it's proven true. Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock and villain of Star Trek Into Darkness, apparently left Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak to reunite with his STID director JJ Abrams in a galaxy far, far away. More on that exciting story here.
Disney Retrospective, The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Munir's Disney Retrospective is in the second, perhaps lesser, half of the Renaissance right now, and this week he reviewed 1996's operatic, dark and very underrated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Munir is very fond of the film, saying "The Hunchback of Notre Dame may not be a flawless classic but its ambitiousness and risky storytelling is more than enough to secure a high place in the Disney canon." Check out the full review here. Next week: Hercules.
Futurama, A Swan Song - The Finale: This week brought what might well be Futurama's final ever episode (although, saying that, this is the fourth time Matt Groening's other show has gone off the air) and Damien penned his longest mini-review yet. "We can't be absolutely certain yet this is the end," Damien said, "since Futurama already came back from cancellation before, but if it's truly over, we can at least be happy that it ended on such a high note." Check out the full review here, and look out for Damien's top ten episodes list soon.
Watch John Lasseter talk about directorial changes for Bolt: With the current hubbub around Bob Peterson's removal as the director of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, it might not hurt to remind the Internet that this is nothing new; directorial changes are a mainstay in animated cinema, and it's usually worked for the best. For instance, watch this interview with Pixar/Disney head honcho John Lasseter from February 2009, discussing the directorial changes and how it contributed to the eventually great Bolt! Check it, and William's discussion of its importance, out here.