I always love it when the Annie Award nominations come out—invariably they feature something that hasn’t even premiered yet. I mean, sure, I understand that this is how these things work. I do. But as much as I’m looking forward to A Miser Brothers Christmas on ABC Family this weekend, it cracks me up to see it as a nominee for Best Animated Television Production Produced for Children. I’d just like to see it first, is all. Heh.
Kung Fu Panda leads all films with 17 nominations. Bolt was second with 9 nods, and WALL-E third with 8. Those three, along with $9.99 and Waltz with Bashir were tapped for Best Feature.
Well, I’ve at least seen the first three films on that list….
The Annie winners will be announced on January 30th, and until then we can all wildly speculate as to who will triumph. And also we can maybe go watch the nominees which haven’t actually come out yet. Ahem.
I knew back when we saw the first preview that we’d be adding Bolt to our list of must-see movies. In fact, I even wrote about it. And with anticipation running high about seeing it this weekend, I was relieved to see that it’s apparently living up to the hype.
That’s right: Bolt is currently hovering around 90% Fresh on the Tomatometer. Phew! Too often I’ve told the kids that sure, we’ll go see such-and-such movie when it comes out… and then as it nears, I check the reviews and discover that it’s an utter flop. And then I have to come up with an explanation for the kids as to why we’ve decided not to go. Ugh.
In preparation for hitting the theater this weekend, I went looking for another Bolt trailer, and found this:
Hee. Hey, Hamsters can be High School Musical fans, too!
A new version of “Pinocchio” is on its way to the big screen, this one to be co-directed by acclaimed children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro.
The adaptation, being made by the Jim Henson Co., will be done as a stop-motion animated feature. Henson co-CEOs Brian Henson and Lisa Henson and senior vp feature films Jason Lust are producing.
The aim is to make a dark, twisted retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairy tale about the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. In the retelling, when Pinocchio comes to life, he turns out not to be that nice of a boy, creating mischief and playing mean tricks. He eventually learns a few lessons. The story and the look of the feature will be based on the 2002 children’s book illustrated by Grimly, who is repped by Gotham Group.
And I know I’m dating myself, here, but when I saw the headline (‘Pinocchio’ to feature Gris Grimly as director) I immediately thought it said it would be directed by Ed Grimley. But, ah, no. It’s Gris Grimly. Still very cool, but different.
(Though how cool would it be if it was directed by Ed Grimley…? Okay, shutting up, now.)
It seems hard to believe that it’s time for the 2008 Oscar submissions, already, but apparently it is. Stranger still is of course the fact that every year the submissions come in and feature several movies slated to be holiday blockbusters—and, therefore, haven’t actually debuted, yet.
Every year this annoys me, and yet, they don’t stop doing it. I should write someone a stern letter, or something. Hmph.
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
Fly Me to the Moon
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
The Sky Crawlers
Sword of the Stranger
The Tale of Despereaux
Waltz with Bashir
Looking at that list really has me ready for some great films in the next two months. Although if The Tale of Despereaux isn’t amazing I’m going to have to write several stern letters. It’s such a great book—I hope it’ll be a fabulous film.
In other movie news, I’m sure everyone who’s ever used the phrase “Wax on, wax off” will be pleased to know that a Karate Kid remake is in the works (with Will Smith’s kid in the title role). I wonder who they’ll have play Mr. Miyagi. It’d be too much to hope for Jackie Chan, right…?
No, not the one where we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet and the stores are already playing Christmas Carols—though it’s also that season, unfortunately—but the one where it’s time to start thinking about what movies are coming out next year.
What, like you weren’t already thinking about it? C’mon.