Sunday 18 August 2013

This Week on A113Animation (12th - 18th August, 2013)

This has been a pretty quiet week for animation news - particularly when compared to last week's D23-packed greatness. Nonetheless, we got a few interested titbits - the expected, almost weekly, Marvel casting rumours, some Disney Blu-ray news and more. Your usual features are here again, as is a new Ghibli, war and more-themed editorial by Mayra. Check out your recap of everything animation-related that went down this week on A113Animation, below.


Vin Diesel might voice Groot the tree in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Fast and Furious star has been rumoured to be in talks for a Marvel part for a while; the latest role to pop up on the radar is that of sentient space tree, Groot, in Marvel's upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy. It's actually Diesel himself fuelling the speculation, but judge the rumour for yourself. More details on all that here.

Little Mermaid DTV sequels to get a BD release: Yep, it's the release you haven't been waiting for! Disney announced this week that they'd be releasing The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning on Blu-ray. No release date has yet been announced for the US, so you can go ahead and keep hoping they'll change their mind. But, if you for some reason want to own the cheapquels in HD, head here for more details and a trailer.

Ghibli's The Wind Rises to get Western premiere at TIFF: The latest from the studio behind Princess Mononoke and Ponyo is pulling in big numbers in it's native Japan, but The Wind Rises still has no US or UK release date in sight. The film, though, will premiere for a select few - in subtitled form - at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Mayra has all the details for you here.

Trailer for Jungle Book's Diamond Edition Blu-ray: The Jungle Book is finally coming to Blu-ray for the first time! The last animated film Walt Disney worked on before dying is an absolute classic (and one of my favourites); this week we got a new trailer for the Diamond Edition set. Munir also breaks down the bonus features likely to be on the BD when it arrives. For all that and more, head over here.

New Frozen still: A lot of the Frozen stuff we've seen has been leaked, so it's nice to get another new still that's actually sanctioned, and therefore in sparkling high-res. This latest still from Disney's upcoming icy flick is absolutely stunning, showing off a lot of the film's main characters and its beautiful visuals. Check it out in full here.


Disney Retrospective, Aladdin: Munir's at possibly the most exciting period in Disney Animation history right now with his Retrospective; last week he was reviewing Beauty and the Beast, next week he's reviewing The Lion King, and this week it's Aladdin. The third film from Ron and John and is a beloved classic of the Disney canon, one which Munir says is "still widely beloved by audiences all over the world today and remains one of the studio's brightest spots," concluding that it's "a classic." Read the full review here.
Futurama, A Swan Song - Week 9: Time's almost up; only 3 episodes left. Damien's back with another week of his Futurama farewell feature, this week it's a mini-review of the latest episode, Game of TonesA threatening alien spaceship approaches Earth, emitting a powerful musical tone... Fry thinks he's heard that melody before... he same day he was frozen for a thousand years..." Find out what Damien made of the episode here.


Hayao Miyazaki, Studio and War: In a new editorial, our resident Studio Ghibli writer, Mayra, delves into anime master Hayao Miyzaki's history with war, how that is evident in the films his studio creates and how the current plan to amend the anti-war article of the Japanese constitution might affect all that. For more on that issue and what Miyazaki has had to say about it in the past, check the post out here.

We're recording Episode 4 of the podcast on Tuesday, talking about the big stories from Disney's D23 expo and reviewing Illumination's Despicable Me 2. So please send in your thoughts on DM2 to now.

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