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As expected, DreamWorks Animation made an early splash at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday with a big press event for its holiday season feature Rise of the Guardians. Studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg has made a habit of launching his big animated titles (Shrek, Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda, Puss in Boots, etc) at the European festival and market for the past few years. Later this week, he will also screen DreamWorks’ big summer movie Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Accompanied by Guardians’ director Peter Ramsey, and the film’s voice talent Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine and Isla Fiser (Mrs. Sasha Baron Cohen who is also stealing the limelight in Cannes for his new movie The Dictator), Katzenberg screened 25 minutes of the movie to the audience. A Q & A with the cast and director followed the screening.
Based on a series of books by Oscar-winning producer and author William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians centers on a team of childhood heroes—which includes Santa Claus (Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Sandman, Tooth Fairy (Fisher)—who band together to save the world from the Boogey Man (Jude Law).
Deadline reports that Baldwin dubbed the movie “the Justice League of childhood” and told the crowd the movie showcases the most beautiful animation he has seen in a movie. Credit was also given to the film’s brilliant exec producer William Joyce and Guillermo del Toro, as well as producer Christina Steinberg (Bee Movie, National Treasure). When Baldwin was asked which Guardian has most influenced his life, he joked that it was Marty Singer, his entertainment litigator.
Here is the trailer for the movie, which opens in November:
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Paris-based Tele Images Productions, part of Zodiak Kids, and Danish studio Nice Ninja are bringing a new 3D animated comedy series called The Marco Macaco Show. Co-produced with Canal+, the show is a TV spin-off series based on the forthcoming animated feature Marco Macaco by Jan Rahbek.
Zodiak Kids, Zodiak Media’s children’s production and distribution arm, holds the distribution rights to the series and will start pre-sales of this slapstick comedy to major territories at MIPTV. Plans are to start the production of the 52 x 5’ series (or 26 x 11’) in September 2012 in France and Denmark for delivery in 2013.
“With TV channels becoming increasingly more interested in co-viewing, The Marco Macaco Show is the type of high-quality cartoon that can be watched by parents with their children,” says Philippe Alessandri, CEO of Tele Images Productions.
Thomas Borch Nielsen, CEO of Nice Ninja and creator of the series, adds: “The Marco Macaco Show is the kind of universal storytelling that hits you straight in the funny bone.”
The toon follows the daily adventures of the world’s most dedicated beach officer, Marco Macaco. In his eagerness to do things the right way, Marco manages to be zapped by his stun gun, get stuck under a grand piano, fly off with a rocket, handcuff himself and knock the president out—all in just one day.
The Marco Macaco Show is the next animated comedy show to come from Tele Images Productions after the successful Sally Bollywood series. It is also Nice Ninja’s first TV series, after a history of producing feature films.
CANNES, France (AP) — Awards presented at the 64th Cannes Film Festival,
chosen by a jury headed by U.S. actor Robert De Niro.:…
After its big Puss In Boots extravaganza of Tuesday, DreamWorks Animation continued to bask in the limelight at the Cannes Film Festival with a special screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 on Tuesday night and a press conference on Thursday morning (May 12). The film’s director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and voice actors, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black attended a press confab at the Carlton Hotel Cannes to promote the much-anticipated summer sequel, which opens nationwide on May 27.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman who voices the Kung Fu master Shi Fu in the movie joked, “I don’t think inner peace exists at the Cannes Film Festival! I have never had as much inner peace as I have at the moment, being in front of all these cameras and sitting next to Angelina. It doesn’t get anymore inner than that.” Black offered, “My inner peace is in pieces!”
When asked about how her own children, three of whom are adopted like the main character in Kung Fu Panda 2, reacted to the movie, Jolie responded, “I brought my children to see the movie and they absolutely loved the movie and laughed though the whole thing. They just felt that much more proud that they were a little more like Po.”
Meanwhile, Nelson talked about the important part creative consultant Guillermo Del Toro played in the project. “It was a very long process, three years, and he came in right in the middle, when things were the messiest and pointed out all the things in the movie that we really should believe in and he helped us come up with some really great ideas,” she pointed out. “Part of what he did was try to make Shen even cooler. He came in and cracked a lot of jokes and really cheered us on. He was just an inspiration to work with.”
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 opens nationwide on May 26, 2011.
Here’s the latest trailer from the movie: