A selection of the best animation articles including news, opinions, and features from around the world for the week beginning the 15th of March, 2020.
FILM SCHOOL REJECTS – Pixar releasing the trailer for ‘Soul’ less than a week after ‘Onward’s debut is a sure sign that this film is a goner. My hunch is that the studio have aligned themselves too much with their earlier hits and their sequels at the expense of perceivable originality. Pixar films all have a ‘sameness’ that is directly influenced by the initial string of smash hits and is over 20 years old at this point. Given competition from elsewhere, Pixar needs a radically new approach not unlike the Disney renaissance of the 1990s if their original films are to recapture the magic.
DEADLINE – His statement is amusingly the response to a question at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting. The film has been locked away since shockingly enough, only the early 2000s but will likely remain that way for some time to come.
DEADLINE – With schools closing around the world, Disney capitalizes on an opportunity to capture eyeballs that otherwise wouldn’t be available until the summer.
SORANEWS24 – The answer to the question WILL shock you.
CINEMABLEND – A star of the big screen but in a short sense, Mickey Mouse lacks a film in the more prestigious feature category. Does he deserve one though?
CARTOON RESEARCH – St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. All parades, festivities, and general reasons to have a good time are banned due to the coronavirus so what better way to pass the day than by watching some Irish-ish cartoons that Charles Gardner has dug up.
THE BOAR – A more nuanced review of the former CEOs tenure and what it means for popular culture in general. I would mostly agree but worrying about Disney a monopoly is to ignore the competition from a wide variety of alternative forms of entertainment such as video games.
CARTOON RESEARCH – Disney historian Jim Korkis writes a comprehensive review of the film in his Suspended Animation column that does a great job of exploring the context in which it was released.
Cool Thing of the Week
Yes, funnyman Mel Brooks dabbled in animation and the results are hilarious.