By dipping their toes into the feature animation game, Warner Bros. are doing what Hollywood studios are, often, so afraid of: exploring new territory. It turns out next year’s Lego: The Piece of Resistance will be the start of a new phase, as a press release has announced movement on “a feature animation creative consortium” mining the talents of some live-action creatives. Which is to say, mining, then translating without losing what made that idea work in the first place.
In the group are that aforementioned film’s co-helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (also of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street), Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Muppets co-writer Nicholas Stoller, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (I guess someone liked that movie) director Jared Stern. Along with divulging some news on their creative output, it’s noted that the process will not be some solo effort; the studio points are collecting the named talents to “work both individually and collectively, supporting one another artistically in the making of the films.”
There’s some brief stuff about a couple of the films. You probably know a thing or two about Lord and Miller‘s toy movie — if not, click here — so it’s a little more worthwhile to look at what else is coming down the line. Doug Sweetland, director of the Pixar short Presto, will direct the Stoller-penned Storks, to open in 2015; Ficarra and Requa have written Smallfoot, which Despicable Me‘s Sergio Pablos is directing for a 2016 release. Who knows what the Penguins guy is even up to.
Is it interesting to see Warner Bros. try their hand at more feature animation?
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