Another month, and with endless contributions to the industry from studios and individuals, we highlight a handful of significant events and happenings.
1. Tribute to Isao Takahata
We lost another great contributor to the world of animation this month: Isao Takahata, a co-founder of Eastern animation house Studio Ghibli since 1985, along with Hayao Miyazaki. He has contributed to bringing Japanese Animation to the international audience. He was the director of 'Grave of the Fireflies' (1988), 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' (2013), and so many other undoubtedly Ghibli style classics.
2. Animation on Netflix
A few animations have popped up as new releases for the month of April on Netflix, including older films like the 'Iron Giant' (1990) and newer features such as 'Despicable Me 3' (2017). Check out the full list of Netflix's April animated films!
3. 'Batman Ninja' Movie
The 'Batman Ninja' movie debuted at WonderCon 2018, and Batman's nemesis plays a vital role in this anime-style take on the vigilante. It was released digitally on April 24, 2018 by Anime studio Kamikaze Douga. May 8th will be the release day for the DVD in the US. Will the villains emerge victorious, or will Batman's gadgets help him once again... and by gadgets we mean ninja swords.
Check out the trailer here!
4. 'Rick and Morty' - April Fools!
It's not really April without a good April Fools, so here is Rick and Morty's "Bushworld Adventures". As a 10-minute short that aired repeatedly on April 1st, getting many reactions from fans, the short, just like any good April Fools joke, is all about being "trolled".
Watch it here! (repeatedly, to get the full effect)
5. CinemaCon 2018
Yesterday, April 26,2018, was the last day for CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, and although this is about all movies, let's talk about the animated movies! Warner Bros. hit the ground running with their presentation an 'Smallfoot', an animation that flips around the myth we know. Sony Animation introduces the actors for 'Spiderman: Spiderverse'! And a new introduction from Paramount on their new animations; 'Monster on the Hill' with RealFX, and 'Luck' with Skydance Animation.
Check out all the hype from CinemaCon here!
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Happy New Year! 2017 was a good year for animation, but there's a lot to look forward to in 2018 as well! Some that are sequels from long ago and others that leave us in full wonderment. Listed below are only a few of animations you can keep an eye out for in the next year!
1. Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad
Release date: April 27, 2018
Dreaming of becoming the Top Dog of a delivery service in the arctic, Swifty must prove himself. During his mission on doing so he encounters almost every arctic animal you can think of, and they join together to stop the evil walrus to save the day!
Directed by Aaron Woodley and produced by AMBI Group and AIC Studios the Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad trailer can be seen here!
2. Sherlock Gnomes
Release date: March 23, 2018
Directed by John Stevenson, Sherlock Gnomes is about one Gnomeo and Juliet who move into a garden with all their gnomes to live happily ever after! When they find they have all disappeared, they hire the only one they knew would solve the mystery, "The greatest ornamental detective"!
Check out the trailer that brought to us by Paramount Pictures here!
3. Incredibles 2
Release date: June 15, 2018
Normal is a hard type of life to lead when there is so much crime to fight, and this family is back at it! Mr. Incredible stays home to watch the kids, as Elastigirl and Frozone find ways to tackle the new villian, The Underminer!
Directed by Brad Bird and brought to us by Disney Pixar, the Incredibles 2 trailer can be seen here!
Release date: September 28, 2018
Yeti's really do exist in this animated feature directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, and they are on the hunt for the mythical creatures know as "Smallfoot", otherwise known as humans! The fame that Migo's stories of this creatures makes him even more determined to prove his tale to the Yeti community.
"Yeti or not..." Warner Bros. Studios has the trailer ready to watch here!
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Release date: December 14, 2018
Peter Parker's passing leaves a teenager with the struggle of balancing high school with his duties as a superhero. Directed by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman and produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions, Pascal Pictures, this large team shows us what the Spider-Verse is all about in this comic-book style animation.
Watch the teaser trailer here!
Be sure to keep an eye out for all the other animated features being released this year, we have a lot more to look forward to! Check out a few more here!