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When Mike met Sully

Monster fun in Monsters University

Wreck-It-Ralph hits home on DVD/Blu-ray . First Cars, now Planes . Preview of Dreamworks' snail fantasy Turbo . Despicable Me 2 . A Monster in Paris reviewed




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Nemo sequel offically announced

You can’t say it was a big surprise: Disney and Pixar have officially announced that they are working on a sequel to their beloved animation hit Finding Nemo.

Finding Dory Disney/Pixar Directed by Andrew Stanton Voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks Released on November 25, 2015


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Mickey back in shorts (er... short animated movies we mean)

Disney has announced that they will produce 19 new shorts featuring their most iconic character, Mickey Mouse.


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Modern Day Mickey The release of these 19 short animated movies is the latest in a line of projects designed to keep Mickey hip for modern times.

Early reviews of the first short have been mixed, but it's fantastic that today's kids will get to know classic Mickey, instead of just the kind of bland Mickey they see on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. 5

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The return of Dorothy

Legends of Oz is animated by Prana Studios from India, earlier responsible for

If Disney's hugely successful Oz movie didn't give you enough of Frank L. Baum's wonderful world of Oz, then you will be pleased to know that 2014 will see the release of another Oz movie.

Disney's Tinkerbell movies, as well as The Chubb Chubbs save XMas. But let's not hold that last one against them...

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Don Bluth archive viewable online

The Secret of Nimh, probably Bluth's most loved movie, and still considered a classic.


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Space Ace, like it's predecessor Dragon's Lair, was not so much as a game as it was a technological marvel. 00004&suite=def


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New animated movies announced, include Shaun the Sheep, Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep, famous in 170 different countries and now heading towards the big screen. in all his stop motion glory.


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Ratchet and Clank, or in this picture, Clank and Ratchet. Videogame heroes getting ready for their first movie.


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Inside Out, previously known as The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind.


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The time to rest has not yet come for Father Crood, as more prehistoric antics will no doubt ensue in the upcoming sequel.


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High speed snail


So. Snails. We love it when animated movies feature leading characters you wouldn’t normally expect, and they don’t get much more unexpected than a snail who is so fast he is allowed to race at the Indy 500. We’re pretty sure the new Dreamworks movie Turbo is going to follow the genre conventions normally associated with underdog movies pretty closely, but the idea behind Turbo is fun enough to keep it on our radar.


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The Slow and the Furious Turbo becomes involved with a snail racing league that is modeled on The Fast and the Furious movies.

The snails have been pimped out completely. The only thing most of them lack is... speed.

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animated chatter "I think that a snail is inherently an underdog. It's smashed, eaten by people, the butt of slow jokes around the world. It just seemed loaded with obstacles."

Turbo Dreamworks Directed by David Soren Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader Released on July 19 2013


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DISNEY'S FROZEN Designing characters for a well known story like The Snow Princess is no easy feat. Everybody who has read the story will have created an image of the characters in their own head. So you don't have to just create a look for the character, you have to realize that people will compare your design with their own interpretation. It’s no surprise that many different designs get created, and that it can take a long time before it’s decided what the final look will be. This process takes even longer when, in the case of Frozen, Disney’s take on The Snow Princess, the movie has been shelved a couple of times.

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concept art But now that the movie has a release date and the first stills and concept art have been released, there is no way back. And so, we now have an Ice Princess who seems iconic enough to take her place in animation history. On these pages you can see a few different designs of the princess, as well as several other characters from the movie, which is going to be released at the end of this year. A new addition to Disney's large roster of princess movies.


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The Monstrous Sequel At first, it doesn’t seem an obvious choice to make a sequel to Monsters Inc. The original movie is much loved (and a personal favorite), and getting the chance to see characters like Mike and Sully again is great, but it’s just that Monsters Inc. was such a perfect, complete story that a sequel seems unneccasry. However, Pixar came up with a story that is original enough in it’s own right to make us more than a little bit curious for what’s next. 18

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I Monsters University Disney/Pixar Directed by Pete Doctor Vioiced by Billy Crystal, John Goodman, John Ratzenberger Released on May 15 2013


monsters university Billy Crystal: "They have to mobilize a group, sort of like Revenge of the Nerds with monsters, and get them ready to be scary.�



monsters university The Art of Modeling For a movie the size of Monsters University, a ton of concept art and models are created, so the animators can all stick to the same style and the main characters in a movie don't differ too much. Subtle changes were made to the designs of all characters who featured in the original movie, to make them look younger. For Mike, this meant braces on his teeth, while Sully sports a hairstyle that is a little younger.

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Tons of monsters

Mike's first day of college, the start of his adventures with Sully, though the two of them aren't as friendly to each other in the beginning as they are in Monsters Inc...


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Plenty of hi-jinks ensue, and Mike and Sully wreak a lot of havoc on the road to their scare-major.


monsters university The Art of Poster Making The times when a movie just had a single poster to promote it are far behind us. When you take a huge movie like Monsters University, there are dozens of posters that are created. Teaser posters, regular posters, character posters, international posters, the list goes on and on. Poster collectors could probably fill a wall in their bedroom with all the different one sheets Disney and Pixar have churned out for their next picture.


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Look up in the sky! Planes Disney

Contrary to what you might think, Planes, the Cars spin-off, is not a Pixar movie.

Directed by Klay Hall Voiced by Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, John Cleese, Brad Garrett Released on August 9, 2013


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More Meatballs Cloudy 2 Directed by Cody Cameron, Chris Pearn

For their sequel to animation hit Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, based on a book by Judi Barrett, Sony Pictures decided not to look too closely at the book's sequel.

Voiced by Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg Released on September 27


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The Good Dinosaur The Good Dinosaur Pixar/Disney

What if dinosaurs never became extinct? What if the meteor that hit earth and killed them missed earth?

Directed by Bob Peterson Voiced by For know, still unknown Released on May 30, 2014


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How to Train Your Dragon 2 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Dreamworks

2014 will see the return of the dragons that took the world by storm in 2010.

Directed by Dean DeBloise Released on June 20, 2014


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Despicable Me 2 Despicable Me 2

The first Despicable Me was a very pleasant surprise.

Illumination/Universal Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Voiced by Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand


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Make mine minion It's not just Gru that's responsible for Despicable Me being a hit, his little, bumbling helpers, the Minions, surely helped too.


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An Epic Adventure With Epic, Blue Sky Studios is trying something new. This time there will be no cute prehistoric squirrels grasping for acorns, or birds on a search for their roots.



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Epic Blue Sky/Fox Directed by Chris Wedge Vioiced by Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell Released on May 29, 2013


blue sky's epic "It has the fun character comedy and depth of emotion that are found in the Ice Age films. But while Bill wrote a wonderful book, it is a quaint story. We wanted to make a gigantic actionadventure movie.".



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Young and heroic Full name Mary-Katherine First appearance Epic Voiced by Amanda Seyfried


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Band of Heroes (and villains) The movie has a huge cast of characters, ranging from tiny forest men to insects and evil critters.

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A Monster in Paris

French Monstrosity


A Monster in Paris has taken it’s time making it's way across the world.


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A Monster In Paris Europacorp Directed by Bibo Bergeron Vioiced by Vanessa Paradis, Adam Goldberg, Bob Balabanenberger Released on Out now


A Monster in Paris "Lucille spends the entire third act wearing a cap and pants. ...The reason was because it was cutting down the costs by two. Long hair and a dress floating in the air is expensive."


A Monster in Paris The Art of Modeling a famous city The city of Paris is a character in it's own right in this movie. Of course we have seen Paris before in animated movies, like in Pixar's Ratatouille for instance, but never before has the French city seemed to be this alive. Even with their smaller budget, director Bergeron and his team have made Paris into a real character. Tons of concept art have gone into this process, and it's testament to the creativity of the animators that the portrayal of Paris is this successful.

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The Croods

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With The Croods, Dreamworks has a new hit on their hands.

Dreamworks Directed by Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco In Theaters worldwide now



Fear of change

Not every member of the Crood household is as happy about the move to a new home, best illustrated in this production still.






Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph Disney

Directed by Rich Moore Voiced by John C Reilly, Sarah

Clearly, Wreck-It Ralph is like a dream come true for anybody who has ever been a fan of videogames.

Silvermans Released on Out now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download



Left One of the more heart wrenching moments in the movie is when we see the fate of old videogame hero Q-Bert.

Right Seeing his nemesis Fix-ItFelix party it up with his friends is what makes Ralph decide it's time to change his ways and become a hero himself.

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Full name Vanellope von Schweetz First appearance Wreck-It Ralph Lead animator Tony Smeed Voiced by Sarah Silverman

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Rise of the Guardians Rise of the Guardians Dreamworks Directed by Peter Ramsey Voiced by Chris Pine, Jude

In Rise of the Guardians, it is revealed that many children's heroes not only know each other, but work together as a sort of superhero team to keep the world safe.

Law, Hugh Jackman Released on Out now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital



A Monster in Paris A Monster In Paris Europacorp

Here at Animatonic, we very much enjoy the French style of animation.

Directed by Bibo Bergeron Vioiced by Vanessa Paradis, Adam Goldberg, Bob Balabanenberger Released on Out now






My Neighbour Totoro If you have never seen the Japanese animated movie My Neighbour Totoro before, and are getting your first viewing with the upcoming Blu-ray release, you are in for a real treat.



One of the most memorable scenes in a movie packed with great moments, with the sisters waiting for the bus, and Totoro appearing next to them.



Totoro is probably one of the friendliest creatures ever encountered in an animated movie.



Totoro, Catbus and the many other forest spirits give the girls a summer to remember for the rest of their lives.


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