Here are the upcoming feature length animations that will be hoping to work their way into our hearts, in 2014. From Disney to Pixar and new work from Hayao Miyazki, it’s a big year for our imaginations.
2014 round up
Every year, we are treated to a series of heart warming and tear jerking moral tales, told through the actions of the cutest and most endearing animated characters.
I decided to take a look into the not so distant future, to see what we can expect from animation in 2014. Here’s a round up of the best, so far.
Set in a world where an asteroid never hit earth, the dinosaurs continue to roam the planet, making life a little troublesome for the humans that share the space. While the storyline has been kept under wraps, the title is a good indication of what else we could be in store for, indicating that there are dinosaurs that are good… meaning that there are most certainly those that are bad. We also know that it focuses on Arlo, a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaur who becomes friends with an unlikely character, a young human boy called spot. Together they attempt to restore peace in Arlo’s once tranquil community. It features the voices of Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris and Bill Hader.
Release date – Late May / Early June 2014
Toei Animation – Harlock: Space Pirate
The year is 2977 and a mighty battle between the exiled human race and the Gaia Coalition, which governs the human race across the different galaxies but things are about to change. In steps Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia battle cruiser, who know the secrets of the Gaia that will change things for good. With the Coalition demanding Harlock’s death and a plan to infiltrate the Arcadia, Harlock must make decisions that not only put his life in danger, but also the fate of the human race… YES PLEASE! Directed by Shinji Aramaki, this film is set to be shown at the 70th Film Festival in the Out Of Competition category.
Release date – January 2014
Warner Bros – Lego: The Movie
The title kind of says it all but just so we are all on the same page, this wonderful looking film is about ordinary guy Emmet, who is mistaken as being a Master Builder and the one who can save the universe. Along with a wise old mystic and Batman, Emmet goes head to head with the evil Lord Business, who was to destroy the universe by gluing it together. What an evil plot, indeed. It features the voices of Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks.
Release date – Early February 2014
One that is going to be a big hit next year is the inventive and hopelessly cute looking The Boxtrolls, which is based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow. An orphaned boy is raised by an odd bunch of underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called Boxtrolls. When the ugly but kind Boxtrolls are targeted by an exterminator called Archibald Snatcher, the young boy, called Eggs, has to save his friends from his evil plans. Starring the voices of Simon Pegg, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley and Toni Collette, you can be sure that this is going to be one for all the family.
Release date – September 2014
Combining both 3D computer and traditional animation, Me and My Shadow tells the story of Stanley Grubb and his shadow. While Stanley is achingly boring, his shadow is a lively, fun and big thinking chap that is dying to have a bit more fun than what his owner allows him to. But, he takes things into his own hands, breaking the rules of Shadow World and taking control of Stanley. Naughty naughty. If you’re wondering how the animation will be split, the human world will be crafted in 3D computer animation and the shadow world in traditional. Very nice indeed. Voiced by Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Kate Hudson, this will be storming this cinemas in early Spring.
Release Date – March 2014
Disney – Big Hero 6
Ready to hear the fans complaining about the upcoming Disney Marvel animation film adaptation of Big Hero 6? Well, you had better be. With the title lacking the familiar Disney ring, director Don Hall feels the obscurity of Marvel’s Big Hero 6 has allowed those making the film be more creative than they have for a long time. Based around Hiro Hamada, a teenage robotics genius, who transforms his robot best friend into a badass superhero, leading them to join a team of crime fighters that are on a mission to save the city. How are Disney going to cope with melding Marvel’s fanbase with their instantly likeable character creations? Only time will tell. The above clip is only a very first look at the world that the characters will be living in. Things are looking exciting.
Release date – November 2014
Studio Ghibli – The Wind Rises
The much loved Japanese animation directors Hayao Miyazaki is gearing up to win the world over with his upcoming tale of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who deisnged Japanese fighter planes during World War II. It has already bowled over audiences in Japan and those at the Toronto Film Festival and The Wind Rises is set to continue its success when it screens at the Venice Film Festival Saturday 31. Let’s see how it fairs in the official competition.
Release Date – TBC
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