Sid the Science Kid Gets His Own Feature Film!

Sid the Science Kid
Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, and Al F. Barry, Chairman of Nine Eyes Stone & Shanghai Animation Film Studios in China, have signed an agreement to co-produce Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a full length feature film based on the popular TV Series.

The movie begins when Sid and a classmate, Gabriela, enter a science experiment contest. When they win, they get the chance to make a visit to a new museum that hasn’t yet opened to the public. While at the museum they meet an unusual scientist who designs robot tour guides. They also get the chance to make friends with some kids from China who also won the same prize. You can’t have a movie without a challenge to overcome, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The robot scientist of course loses control of one of his creations. Thankfully, Sid and friends know just what to do!

The movie appears to have great potential as the scientist is voiced by none other than Christopher Lloyd, who played the quirky scientist in the Back to the Future movies. The Jim Henson company veteran Bradley Zweig wrote the script, so no there’s no lack of talent for this brand new film.

New Pixar Movies in the Works!

If you’re reading this blog, I know you or someone in your house is a huge fan of at least one animated cartoon series. And if that’s true, then I’m sure you’ll also be super excited about the three new Pixar movies that’ll be coming out soon. Pixar makes fantastic films that both kids and their parents can enjoy, so what’s not to love?

Brave is expected to be one of the biggest hits this summer (see preview below). It is scheduled for release on June 22.  Brave features Princess Merida, a Katniss Everdeen-like girl with a bow, arrows, and Scottish accent to top it all off.  This marks the first time that Pixar has created a female fronted movie. Let’s hope it stands the test of time as many other Disney/Pixar movies have not failed to deliver.

Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter shared that On May 30, 2014, Pixar will release The Good Dinosaur, a film about what life would be like if dinosaurs had not gone extinct. Wouldn’t that be nice? Noooo, I wouldn’t want Brontosaurus walking with me, even if he were friendly. This film will be directed by Bob Peterson, a longtime Pixar animator who has already won two Oscar nominations for co-writing Finding Nemo and Up.  This sounds to me like it is along the lines of Dino Dan, so how can it fail to be fun?

The third film takes on a new spin for Pixar. It is tentatively titled Dia de los Muertos, a holiday which is translated to “Day of the Dead.” It is a new project that has been assigned to the director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, and is scheduled to release in 2015. Skulls and skeletons are a major part of the Mexican holiday decorations. They will definitely be featured in the films; however, no one knows yet if these skulls will actually be featured as characters or simply decorations.

Ben 10 live action motion picture in the making

 

Ben 10, Ben Ten, Ben 10 Alien ForceAttention all you Ben 10 fans! Joel Silver of Silver Pictures is putting together a live-action Ben 10 movie along with Cartoon Network this year. They have hired Albert Torres to write a script for the film. Torres recently helped to rewrite the Warner Bros. motion picture, “Akira.” A distributor is still being sought, but most likely Warner Brothers will be chosen, given the relationship that Joel Silver has with them.

This is extremely exciting, as Joel Silver has almost single handedly reinvented the action film genre with the production of such movies as The Matrix and the Sherlock Holmes series. His current motion picture, “Project X,” as well as “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” have already grossed nearly $500 million worldwide (Sounds like he won’t have any problem pulling in the cash for this movie!).

Torres has been given the task of pulling out all the stops and turning Ben 10 into an impressive, big budget, action-oriented adventure. Although Torres’s work has been somewhat adult oriented in the past (Very Bad Things, Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor), he may be ready for lighter hearted fare with his more recent contributions, including Akira.  Akira is the adaptation of the 1988 anime film, in which the leader of a biker gang tries to rescue his friend who has been kidnapped and used as the subject of a supernatural experiment (sounds like it’s right up Ben 10’s alley, doesn’t it?).

To get ready for the release of this film, you may want to stock up on your Ben 10 action figures and Ben 10 costumes. We may only have these for so long, and we don’t want to sell out.

 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

The Lorax had a grand opening which exceeded anyone’s expectations for the new film.  It opened with a grand total of $70,720,485!  It was showcased on a multitude of regular and IMAX screens, with the IMAX screens accounting for 8% of the total weekend revenue.  Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas opened with $55.1 million.  In 2003, The Cat in the Hat opened with $38.3 million.  In 2008, Horton Hears a Who! opened with $45 million. This film opened on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 108 this year.

The book starts out with a boy encountering a greedy “Once-ler” to find out why the world is in such bad shape. The book is told from the Once-ler’s point of view.  The Once-ler told the boy how he had cut down all of the Truffula trees in order to make inventions out of them and sell them for a profit.  The orange colored, ecologically conscious Lorax tried to convince the Once-ler not to cut down so many trees. The Once-ler ignores him, and continues to cut the trees down because they are so profitable. Soon, there are no Truffula trees left. The forest is devastated, the Once-ler’s business goes bankrupt, and all of the animals of the forest are forced to leave.

All that’s left is one small Truffula seed, which the Once-ler gives to the boy, so he can go plant it and start a new Truffula forest.

The movie, however, is slightly different from the book. All of the characters are mostly the same, however, the boy, named Ted in the movie, has a love interest.  The desire that his love interest wants to see a real tree serves as his main drive in acquiring knowledge about trees, as the city has none left. His grandmother encourages Ted to visit the Once-ler, who lives outside the city walls, to find out more information about trees.  The town mayor, Mr. O’Hare, closely watches any move that the boy makes, and discourages him from going outside of the city walls. The Once-ler eventually gives Ted the last Truffula seed to plant within the city walls in remembrance of Nature. The mayor finds out about this and tries to stop Ted from planting the seed.  However, Ted takes an earthmover to ram down a section of the city wall, revealing the horrific landscape beyond.  The townspeople defy the mayor and agree to let Ted plant the seed.

Has your family seen The Lorax or read the book? Which do you like better, and why?