A quintet of animation releases for July and August
The new Chinese 100-minute animated feature Big Fish & Begonia now has a music video as well as a trailer for promotion. Directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun, and produced by their B&T Studio, the hand-drawn/CG hybrid feature will be released July 8 throughout China. No word on a U.S. release yet.
The 2015 98-minute French feature The Little Prince, based on the famous 1943 fantasy novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has reappeared. The animated feature is a CGI/stop-motion hybrid, with Saint-Exupéry’s original story (which includes a talking fox) is in stop-motion animation, while a new framing story is in computer-graphic imagery.
The feature, directed by Mark Osborne, won the 2015 César Award as the best animated feature shown in France that year. It was heavily advertised in the U.S., with theatrical trailers and posters, as coming from Paramount Pictures on March 18, 2016; then it disappeared a week before that date. Now it has reappeared with a new trailer by Netflix, for a release simultaneously in theaters and on streaming TV, on August 5.
Disney’s remake of its 1977 live-action/animated Pete’s Dragon will also be released in August, but on the 12th. The 1977 film was a comedy; the 2016 remake, judging by its trailer, will have a different plot and will be considerably more dramatic. Like this year’s Disney The Jungle Book remake, it will be entirely “live action” with heavy VFX animation.
August will also bring us the animated Sausage Party and Kubo and the Two Strings, with CGI anthropomorphic, R-rated hot dogs, buns and condiments, and a stop-motion Japanese fantasy with a monkey and a beetle warrior. August will be a good month for anthropomorphic cinema.