ANIMATED FILMS I'M EXCITED FOR
I've already seen Finding Dory and Zootopia, LOVED EM!!
- •April and the Extraordinary World (April 8, 2016)A young girl in 1940's France goes looking for her scientist parents, the animation looks a little cheap but I think it's trying to stay true to the style of its graphic novel adaptation. It's the director's first feature, but he's had experience working on Persepolis, and Marion Cotillard's in it so I'm excited!!
- •Phantom Boy (July 15, 2016)One of the first animated noir films, it follows a boy gifted with supernatural powers as he aids a wheelchair-bound cop take down a mob kingpin. It's from the makers of A Cat in Paris, and it's style looks incredible, like it was lifted straight out of a graphic novel almost. So I feel like it would really capture that feeling of adventure.
- •The Little Prince (August 5, 2016)I've heard a lot of good things, and the animation that involves the title character (pictured) looks gorgeous, if I understand it correctly, this story is like about a story being told, so it's the storybook style that interests me. The story sounds kind of predictable, but it's still an interesting-looking story. It's gonna be on Netflix, so I'm going to watch it anyways.
- •Sausage Party (August 12, 2016)I'm just already foreseeing it as the most overrated comedies of the year, because it has existential themes and "dark humor" and it's probably going to be praised simply because it's a raunchy cartoon, but I'm open to it being a masterpiece. It just looks like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs mixed with a Seth Rogen movie, which sounds kind of mediocre. But whatever.
- •Kubo and the Two Strings (August 19, 2016)I love stop-motion, it's a breathtaking feat of precision and detail, and I feel like I can always trust it will be good because you just don't put like 8 years of work into a half-assed story. The aesthetic looks amazing from the scenery to the character designs, everything about this just looks incredible.
- •My Life as a Zucchini (October 19, 2016)It looks like a cute little story about a boy's life in a foster home and finding his new family. The claymation style and eccentric color palette add even more intrigue than the title.
- •Long Way North (October 2016)A young girl goes on a journey in 19th century Russia to save her family's reputation. This style looks gorgeous, like it looks like it was adapted from a short film because it's so I don't know— free-looking! It just looks like it was a true passion project. I'm excited, I want to see this.
- •Moana (November 23, 2016)I am such a sucker for Disney princess movies, and this looks beyond gorgeous and heartwarming and I love Moana so much I haven't even heard her speak. And there's going to be NO LOVE INTEREST!! Which opens up the floor for an interesting character study, and hopefully an eye-opening glimpse into the culture of the Pacific Islanders.
- •Life, Animated (December 9, 2016)A mixed-media documentary about a young man's struggle with autism, learning to cope with his condition through his love of Disney movies. It's like half and half, going between animation and documentary, and the animation looks surprisingly great. Like I thought they might aim for something cheaper looking, but not only does it capture the magic of the inspired Disney animation, and it just looks so heartwarming and enlightening.
- •The Red Turtle (January 20, 2017)Made from the director of one of my favorite animated shorts, Father and Daughter. So I'm very much looking forward to his first feature-length animation about a family living on an island, and it's completely silent, which interests me a lot because that will really highlight its beautiful animation, it worked for Sylvain Chomet, and I really hope it comes to my theatre!!
- •Loving Vincent (2016)The first animated feature that was entirely painted!!! Just imagine how beautiful that would be. A stellar cast, and an interesting premise of the life and death of Vincent Van Gough.
- •The Guardian Brothers (2016)Kinda slipping under the radar, but I like the animation style, it looks close to what Disney does. And the premise, a look inside Chinese mythology involving an unemployed Door God, sounds fun and interesting. Plus, the American voice cast involved Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Zendaya.
- •The Lego Batman Movie (February 10, 2017)I love this universe, I hope his LEGO franchise works out because I loved loved loved the LEGO Movie, and thought Batman was a great part of it. The voice cast is aces like the first one, and the humor seems consistent with the first one. It's not for a while, but I'm glad it's not coming out till January, since that month is usually the worst for movies, and this will be a silver lining.
- •As of right now, I'm predicting Zootopia, Moana, The Red Turtle, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Phantom Boy to be nominated for the Animated Feature Oscar.
- •The Girl without Hands
- •Your Name
- •My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea