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Animation: Nine anthropomorphic features coming in 2014

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The Cartoon Brew has a preview roundup of 22 animated features announced as coming in 2014. Fourteen are American or will be released in America; eight are foreign with no current plans to be distributed in America, although this could change.

At least nine of them feature anthropomorphic animals, bugs, Lego blocks. planes, marshmallow soldiers, or other things that we ought to be interested in. (We’re still arguing over whether the dragons in How to Train Your Dragon are anthropomorphic or not.)

The Nut Job
The LEGO Movie
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Rio 2
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
Song of the Sea

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Has anyone seen "The Wind Rises"? Since when was Japan's Mitsubishi Zero warplane in World War II a fighter jet plane? Never mind; it's not anthropomorphic.

Fred Patten

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I think the Cartoon Brew got that detail wrong. The Wind Rises covers development of the A5M/Type 96 Fighter, with its prototype's distinctive gull wing. Neither it nor the Zero were jet planes.

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Very cool!

I'd say HTTYD's dragons are more catlike then humanlike. Is Felinopomorphic a word?

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If it isn't, then it should be. Seriously, I've noticed that fantasies about talking animals written before about 1960 almost all assumed that the animals' greatest wish was to turn into humans. My own experience has been that that might be true for dogs, but other animals including cats have been perfectly happy to remain their own species.

Fred Patten

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Judging by the trailer alone, HTTYD 2's Toothless is clearly teasing Hiccup - though as skippyfox notes, that's not necessarily a human characteristic. There's a third one coming, too.

The Nut Job looks like an otherwise great movie for furries, marred by juvenile fart jokes.

The struggle between the red and black ants reminded me of SimAnt. Ahh, good times.

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The Nut Job looks nice visually but the voices, plot & fart humor from the trailer really turn me off to it. I'm also still kind of annoyed because Tirrel's "The Nut Job" short will now be obscured by a potentially lousy feature film with the same title.

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In fairness, I'd not heard of "The Nut Job" before you mentioned it; you could argue that the movie raised its profile.

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The concept of "jet aircraft" was so huge at the time.. and it's so important. How could they get that wrong? That's amazing lol

-QC

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They're an animation blog, and the modern concept of a combat airplane has come to be linked to jets (although drones might well be changing that).

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That's leaving out the non-animated movies; you've got Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy featuring Rocket Raccoon, a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ted 2 ... I think that's about it, but I should maybe submit an addendum.

Edit: Apparently, Ted 2 is now a 2015 release, but I've put together a story about the other three plus The Hobbit 3.

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I'm looking forward to HTTYD 2, and I do have some hope that The Nut Job will be enjoyable despite what its current trailers are showing (there's still time, right?). I hadn't heard of Legends of Oz before, but the trailer looked good.

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"Legends of Oz: The Return of Dorothy" is animated by Prana Studios in Mumbai, which has done the animation under subcontract for Disneytoon for the direct-to-video Tinker Bell movies and the "Planes" movies.

Fred Patten

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics