In super sad news, animator and film director, Kelly Asbury, has passed away at the age of 60 due to cancer. Mr. Asbury (1960-2020) was most famous for directing/co-directing Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Uglydolls.
My condolences go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed!
In 2011 and 2013, Sony Animation gave us two live-action films based on the Smurfs. Like many films of the same style, all the actors were live-action, but the main characters were animated. And like many of these kinds of films, they weren’t critical successes at all, but made money at the box office!
So when it came time to make a third film based on the Smurfs, they decided to make it a fully animated reboot pretty much ignoring that The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 ever happened.
The result of that decision is Smurfs: The Lost Village. Read on to know what I thought of it! (Beware, there may be spoilers ahead!)
As the year comes to a close, it comes time again to prepare ourselves for the animated films being released next year! So read on below to find a list of the theatrical animated films set to be released in 2017! Like usual, I’m only listing the ones that have confirmed US release dates at the moment, hence this list is mostly composed of films from the major animation studios. Enjoy!
Today, the teaser trailer for the upcoming Sony Animation film, Smurfs: The Lost Village, has debuted. Due for release in April 2017, this fully animated film is set to be a reboot of the recent live-action/animated hybrid Smurfs films.
What do you think of this trailer and are you looking forward to seeing the film? Do you think it’s good that they’re rebooting this franchise? I personally wished that we saw more stuff in the trailer, but this is a teaser after all. But, I am glad that they’re rebooting this franchise and making it fully animated. Hopefully, it’ll turn out well!