A selection of the best animation articles including news, opinions, and features from around the world for the week beginning the 15th of March, 2020.
Pixar Hits a New Low With ‘Onward’ Box Office Debut
Character designs for Space Jam (1996), dir. Joe Pytka, Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Bob Iger Confirms ‘Song Of The South’ Won’t Be Added To Disney+, Even With Disclaimer
Yes, funnyman Mel Brooks dabbled in animation and the results are hilarious.
‘Frozen 2’ Gets An Earlier-Than-Expected Release On Disney+ To Keep The Kids Amused
Art by Ashanti Miller, Dino Athanassiou and Paul Chung pic.twitter.com/NT6XfVvJpf
Why did Hayao Miyazaki agree to release Studio Ghibli anime films on Netflix?
DEADLINE – With schools closing around the world, Disney capitalizes on an opportunity to capture eyeballs that otherwise wouldn’t be available until the summer.
Mickey Mouse Has His Own Ride, Now It’s Time For His Own Movie
FILM SCHOOL REJECTS – Pixar releasing the trailer for ‘Soul’ less than a week after ‘Onward’s debut is a sure sign that this film is a goner. My hunch is that the studio have aligned themselves too much with their earlier hits and their sequels at the expense of perceivable originality. Pixar films all have a ‘sameness’ that is directly influenced by the initial string of smash hits and is over 20 years old at this point. Given competition from elsewhere, Pixar needs a radically new approach not unlike the Disney renaissance of the 1990s if their original films are to recapture the magic.
Beware the Leprechauns! (Part 1)
1-Question to animation industry. We all praise films like Totoro as a master piece, and yet, western animation industry has this religious rule, “every scene must move the protagonists journey forward“ but is it true? Am I the only one who wants more diversity in storytelling? pic.twitter.com/Y6hEjdhMiZ
The House of Mouse: What is the legacy of Bob Iger?
THE BOAR – A more nuanced review of the former CEOs tenure and what it means for popular culture in general. I would mostly agree but worrying about Disney a monopoly is to ignore the competition from a wide variety of alternative forms of entertainment such as video games.
“Song of the South” Animation
DEADLINE – His statement is amusingly the response to a question at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting. The film has been locked away since shockingly enough, only the early 2000s but will likely remain that way for some time to come.
Cool Thing of the Week
Character designs by Joe Harris for Underdog (1964–1967), created by W. Watts Biggers and Joe Harris, Total Television pic.twitter.com/jkKsOoFaOk