LionsGate releases information about upcoming animated furry movies
LionsGate Entertainment, best known, at least furry and animation-wise, for Alpha and Omega and its various direct to video sequels, has released a trailer for its January 15, 2016 theatrical movie, Norm of the North, which features a polar bear taking a trip to New York City to save the Arctic ice cap.
At least the scene where titular polar bear Norm meets a man in a polar bear suit is interesting from a furry standpoint.
Perhaps more exciting than the trailer itself is the announcement of the release date, which sees the movie go up directly against The Nut Job 2; it seems release date power plays aren't just for superhero movies, anymore. It may be interesting to see if either movie "flinches" in this cinematic game of chicken.
January 2016 also sees Kung Fu Panda 3 hit theaters, this time on the 29th. Speaking of moving release dates, Kung Fu Panda 3 has had its own strange trip around the release calendar; it was supposed to be a 2015 release, but flinched in the face of Star Wars and moved to March 2016, before moving again to its current release date; it is unlikely to yield its spot, as it seems to be calculated to take advantage of the Chinese New Year, which makes January a much more important movie month to the box office of China (and Kung Fu Panda 3 is a Chinese co-production) than America, which usually has a reputation as a dump month. Which is not to cast aspersions on Norm of the North or The Nut Job (though Wikipedia's "dump month" article is illustrated with a marquee that advertises movies that include the original Nut Job).
Norm of the North's trailer and release date isn't LionsGate's only animated movie announcement of the day; they announced that they would be distributing the 2017 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie. The press release announced a vague synopsis:
In the movie, a new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home. The My Little Pony film will feature all new music with the Mane Six characters voiced by Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball. Jayson Theissen is directing. Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing the film with Meghan McCarthy and Michael Vogel co-executive producing.
The news release also announced Kristin Chenoweth would be joining the voice cast for the movie.