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.

Sev­eral hot in­ter­na­tional ti­tles may still en­ter the race with qual­i­fy­ing the­atri­cal runs. Naïa/ Pi­pan­gai Di­rec­tor: Si­mon Rouby Onyx Films/ Mikros Im­age Di­rec­tor: Mark Os­borne Sacre­bleu Prod. Di­rec­tor: Rémi Chayé Pro­duc­tion I.G Di­rec­tor: Kei­ichi Hara Flame Node/Oc­to­ber An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio Di­rec­tor: Tian Xiao Peng Onyx Films/ Mikros Im­age Direc­tors: Alexan­dre He­boyan, Benoit Philip­pon

[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.

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