The Boy and the World
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Filme de Papel/GKIDS Director: Alê Abreu Release Date: TBA Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Want to See Synopsis: Cuca’s cozy country life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. Along his journey, the landscape becomes ever more colorful and complex as his small world expands. The Word: “The bold and risky choices of the director and his team show its raison d’être in every scene. ... With The Boy and the World, Abreu has created a small miracle; a necessary and exciting anti-capitalist manifesto worthy of enduring to be viewed by children and adults for many generations to come.” — Alysson Oliveira, CineWeb/ Reuters.
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[Splash/ Lionsgate] Director: Trevor Wall. CG American-Indian copro about displaced polar bear Norm (Rob Schneider), who, along with his cuddly lemming pals, winds up traveling to New York and becoming a corporate mascot. Life is sweet until he learns about shady plans for his arctic home. Jan. 15.
[DreamWorks, Oriental DreamWorks/ Fox] Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson; co-director: Alessandro Carloni. Po (Jack Black) gets caught up in his biological father’s arranged-marriage plans at a panda sanctuary just when an evil spirit begins terrorizing China. Returning voicers Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross are joined by Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson and J.K. Simmons. Jan. 29.
[Disney] Directors: Byron Howard and Rich Moore. Ginnifer Goodwin voices plucky bunny cop Judy and Jason Bateman is Nick, the shyster fox she teams up with to solve a difficult case in their all-critter city. Shakira voices a comely gazelle. The teaser promises some wry humor and, for once, all the Disney animals are wearing pants. March 4.
[Paramount] Director: Chris Wedge. Live-action/animation hybrid intended to kick off a lucrative franchise for Paramount. Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Derek Connolly and Matthew Robinson are the scribes. How to seamlessly blend Cars and Transformers? $100 million and Rob Lowe should help. March 18.
[Rainmaker/ Focus] Directors: Jericca Cleland and Kevin Munroe. The origin story of the hit video-game heroes, once again voiced by James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye, as they team up in an attempt to save the Solana Galaxy from nefarious Chairman Drek and the Blarg. Adaptation will also expand their universe and introduce new characters. And, presumably, more ridiculous super weapons. April 29.
[Rovio/Columbia] Directors: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly. Finland’s Rovio hopes to reinvigorate the brand with this $80 million picture. Disney animator Kaytis and SPA story artist Reilly make their directorial debuts. Sony’s Imageworks provides the animation, and the voice cast features Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle. May 20.
[Pixar/ Disney] Director: Andrew Stanton. When Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) suddenly recalls a childhood memory about “the jewel of Monterey, California,” Nemo and Marlin accompany her to the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where Bailey the beluga (Ty Burrell), Destiny the whale shark (Kaitlin Olson), and Hank the surly octopus (Ed O’Neill) become her guides. Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo, also wrote the screenplay. June 17.
[Illumination/ Universal] Directors: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney. The French toon house steps away from the Minions to tell the story of terrier Max (Louis C.K.), whose life is turned upside down when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel (Eric Stonestreet). They must overcome their differences to stop abandoned bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) and his gang of “Flushed Pets” from carrying out their vengeance on happy pets. July 8.
[Blue Sky/ Fox] Directors: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu. All that is really known is the title, the directors, the fact that Denis Leary (Diego), Ray Romano (Manny), Queen Latifah (Ellie) and John Leguizamo (Sid) are reprising their roles, and that there will definitely be some Sisyphean Scrat hijinx. July 22.
[Disney] Director: David Lowery. Based on the story by S.S. Field and Seton Miller and reworked by Lowery and Toby Hallbrooks, the live-action film will feature a CG dragon as opposed to the hand-drawn one from Disney’s 1977 version. Also, this time around, it won’t be a musical. Aug. 12.
[Annapurna, Point Grey/Columbia] Directors: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. Nitrogen Studios in Vancouver is animating this indie project conceived by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also star alongside Jonah Hill, James Franco and Kristen Wiig. The R-Rated 3D adventure follows a misplaced sausage and his food item friends on a perilous quest through the supermarket to return to their aisles before the Fourth of July. Aug. 12.
[Laika/ Focus] Director: Travis Knight. Laika’s president, CEO and lead animator Knight sets his directorial debut in ancient Japan, where a young boy named Kubo has his life forever changed when a spirit from the past re-ignites an age-old vendetta. Kubo must evade the havoc of gods and monsters as he searches for his late father’s magical Samurai armor. Aug. 19.
[Warner Bros.] Directors: Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer are lending their voices to this original project, which Stoller is also writing, with Brad Lewis. The project is being executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and will, presumably, finally explain to us where babies come from. Sept. 23.
[DreamWorks/ Fox] Director: Mike Mitchell. Tangentially based on the cult collectible toy phenomenon created by Thomas Dam, the musical adventure stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake as Princess Poppy and Branch — trolls who team up on a quest to “test their strength and reveal their true colors.” And probably some extra-strength hair gel. Nov. 4.
[Disney] Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker. Set in the long-ago South Pacific world of Oceania, the titular teenage daughter of a chief — and latest in a long line of navigators — sets sail in search of a fabled island. Along the way, she teams up with legendary demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Newcomer Auli’i Cravalho stars as the voice of Moana. Nov. 23.