Friday, October 09, 2015

The Oncoming Deluge

There's going to be a whole lotta animated features in the weeks and months ahead, all of them sliding down various distribution chutes:


Fox, Blue Sky
November 6, 2015
(28 days from now)

The Good Dinosaur
Disney, Pixar
November 25, 2015
(47 days from now)

Norm of the North
Lionsgate, Splash
January 15, 2016
(98 days from now)

The Nut Job 2
Open Road, Gulfstream, Red Rover, ToonBox
January 15, 2016
(98 days from now)

Kung Fu Panda 3
Fox, DreamWorks
January 29, 2016
(112 days from now)

March 4, 2016
(147 days from now)

Ratchet & Clank
Focus, Rainmaker
April 29, 2016
(203 days from now)

Angry Birds
Sony, Columbia
May 20, 2016
(224 days from now)

Finding Dory
Disney, Pixar
June 17, 2016
(252 days from now)

The Secret Life of Pets
Universal, Illumination
July 8, 2016
(273 days from now)

Ice Age: Collision Course
Fox, Blue Sky
July 22, 2016 287
(287 days from now)

Kubo and the Two Strings
Focus, Laika
August 19, 2016
(315 days from now)

The Lego Ninjago Movie
Warner Bros
September 23, 2016
(350 days from now) ...

And there's even MORE further out. ...

One point of interest: I thought that DisneyToon Studios was pretty well kaput (as they say in central Europe). But apparently not:

... Disney has claimed April 12, 2019 for an unnamed DisneyToon Studios film.

DisneyToon is the division of Walt Disney Animation Studios that puts out direct-to-video and theatrical features, typically based on existing properties. Their recent releases include the Cars spinoffs Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue, also the Tinker Bell adventure The Pirate Fairy. ...

DisneyToon Studios, located in sunny Glendale, had a long and lucrative run creating direct-to-video hand-drawn features, all the way back to the early nineties, and after that direct-to-video CG features.

Sadly, the market for Little Silver Disks has withered away in recent years, and with it profits for DisneyToon Studios. In remedy, the Mouse distributed two later titles, Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue, to theaters worldwide. The first entry did okay but the second was still-born at the box office, even though it garnered a few okay reviews.

At present, there is not much in the way of DisneyToon staff, since the bulk of DTS employees were laid off months ago. Most of the DisneyToon Studios building, next door to Disney TVA on Sonora Avenue, houses Walt Disney Animation Studios personnel who are displaced from the Riverside Hat Building in Burbank at it undergoes renovation.

But DTS can always hire new artists for the new movie, yes?


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