there are tears in my eyes
It’s been far too long since I’ve posted an owl, or a dozen.
Duet - Glen Keane
I loved How to Train Your Dragon 2 so much it made me love the original even more somehow and now I just love those two movies so much I can’t stand it
Night Fury doodles
Disney has officially announced the pick up of Wander over Yonder Season 2 !!! The season was green lit back in February but we couldn’t talk about until they made the official announcement.Now that they have, I can say that we have lots of exciting new things planned for this season! Lots of new characters, lots of new planets, and lots of new challenges for Wander, Sylvia, Hater, and Peepers to deal with including a new villain who rivals Hater’s position as the greatest in the galaxy!We were picked up for 22 half hours, 4 of which will be full 22 minute episodes that form one long story arc. The other 36 cartoons will be traditional 11 minutes that stand alone but also loosely relate to the longer arc.We’re really having great time putting this season together, we’ve got some really funny episodes in the works and the dynamics between our main characters continues to evolve.Wander Season 1 is going strong on Disney XD and we still have lots of more S.1 episodes slated to air throughout the year!Thanks for watching, and if you love Wander as much as we do, please spread the word!Craig
Ward Kimball animating Goofy in The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
We have tonight and tomorrow to make HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 the Number ONE movie of the week for the first week of its release.
Or 22 Jump Street will take the #1 spot because a lot of adult guys like that movie and have watched it during Friday and HTTYD2 will…
Tacking on an interesting write-up from one of the Bancroft Brothers (former Disney animators) via their facebook page:
'Tony here: Not good news this morning! How to Train your Dragon 2 came in 2nd place at the box office to 22 Jump Street this weekend.
We all know that Dragons 2 is probably a better film and deserved a 1st place standing but that’s not the big problem. Dreamworks NEEDED a big opening for Dragons 2. Now you can argue till your blue in the face that $50 M should not be considered a bad opening or that “if they only made better movies they would do better in the box-office”. HTTYD 2 is arguably one of the best movies that DWA has made and it still is a downturn from the expectations. This is not about the creative but about the business side of animation.
For DWA its the big picture that counts here. Three out of four of the last DWA releases have been a write-down for the company and this picture was to be their salvation (or at least hold back the tides a bit longer). The projections were for an over $65m opening and the HOPE was for even more then that. So, what does that mean for DWA?
Well, the stock is down dramatically this morning. Confidence is low that Dreamworks will be able to pull out of this down turn in their brand without drastic changes. I don’t have a crystal ball but I know that Katzenberg and the board must be looking at some drastic changes to how they make animated movies. No, this does not mean the come-back of 2D animation, but it may mean cutting down the cost of making their movies. HTTYD 2 is estimated to have cost $145M to make. The company can not justify these high budgets anymore after the last 4 animated film openings they have had. They will have to make some choices that will most likely have a ripple effect in our industry. Cut backs and layoffs are only a small thumb in the crack of this dam. Their overhead, like all of the big studios, is tremendous.
My predication? Just like Sony Imageworks just announced, I think DWA will send their production overseas. Yup, I said it here. The most expensive costs in any animated film budget is the animation production. Animation production accounts for 2/3 of the budget easily. If they did only the pre production and post production aspects here in the states they could cut their budgets by well over half. AND if DWA does that it will not be long before every animation studio follows suit. They would have to just to be competittive. The animation industry would dramatically change. This is not a new scenario just so you know. There were rumors of production moving overseas at Disney way back during the Great Mouse Detective days. It never happened then because there was not the technology, ease of communication, or talent and experience needed to be an effective option like there is now. DWA already has a group in India that they have been training and quietly using on some of their projects for years. So does Disney, Sony, Reel FX and many other VFX and animation studios.
All of this from HTTYD 2 coming in a little under projections? I could be totally wrong in my ripple effect predictions (and I hope so) but I know one thing; we are all connected in animation. If one movie does well we all benefit. If not, things change. Ripple, ripple, ripple. What do you think?’
THIS IS BAD, PEOPLE.
WE HAVE TO HELP. COME ON, ALL THOSE WHO LOVE ANIMATED MOVIES, DREAMWORKS, DISNEY, PIXAR, ANYONE.
SIGNAL BOOST THIS.
GO WATCH THE MOVIE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
SUPPORT DRAGONS 2.
SUPPORT THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY.