Studio Ghibli debuts The Red Turtle, joint French-Japanese animation project


The Red Turtle

It will be a story without dialogue, but based on the trailer I don’t think that’s going to take anything away from the experience.

This is the first Studio Ghibli co-production, and it features French animator Michael Dudok De Wit. His charcoal-penned style is distinctly different from Ghibli’s previous films.

It will be at Cannes Film Festival this summer. French release is slated for June 29, with a later Japanese release in September.

The Red Turtle – La Tortue Rouge

Magic School Bus to return


The classic educational TV show ‘The Magic School Bus’ will be returning, with a twist – the new show will be CGI instead of the traditional 2-D animation style. Honestly, I think it will be kind of strange but hey, who knows. It’s very likely that this will be yet another icon from childhood that will be bastardized by renewal. I’m trying to be positive here people!

What do you think? I know the news is a little dated, but we have ’til 2016 before we can really see the finished product and come to a developed opinion.


The Lego Movie

Lego is probably THE childhood favorite toy of mine. I’ve always enjoyed making stuff with the little Swedish Danish blocks, and while I don’t usually deviate from the instructions, the things you can make are near endless. While it was largely a niche toy for most of the past twenty years, it has really exploded in popularity with the current generation of builders.
When I first heard of the movie, I was stoked, but curious as to how a storyline oculd be made to fit such a wide range of topics. Turns out, it was a pretty simple but powerful premise. In short, a Zero-turned-hero’s actions lead to meaningful change in the real world. The official synopsis:
The 3D computer animated adventure tells the story of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.