France’s Team TO will show first-look footage of their Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould and Christine Baranski comedy Yellowbird. The epic comedy follows an orphaned teenage bird on a journey of self-discovery while migrating from Europe to Africa. Director Christian De Vita, producer Corinne Kouper, and art director Benjamin Renner (Oscar-nominated Ernest and Celestine) will be on hand to give a first look at the project, scheduled for worldwide release in 2015.
'The Little Prince'
James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti voice the timeless children’s tale The Little Prince, from director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda). The Onyx Films team will offer a first look at scenes from the $77 million (€57 million) 3D production, which is adapted from its animated series and scheduled for a Thanksgiving 2016 release in the U.S.
'Big Hero 6'
The international preview of Disney’s futuristic robot adventure, voiced by Maya Rudolph and Jamie Chung, is the studio’s first Marvel-based production. Scripted by Monsters franchise writers Robert Baird and Daniel Gerson, it follows crime fighters in an anime-esque San Fransokyo. The film will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 7.
After last year’s Annecy debut for its Oscar-nominated Get a Horse!, Disney will premiere its latest short, Feast, at the festival. The first project directed by Patrick Osborne, animation supervisor on the Oscar-winning Paperman, is the story of a man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his canine companion.
ZagToon’s highly anticipated animated series Ladybug has been in the works since 2010. The story of the star-crossed teens Marinette and Adrien – high school students by day, superheroes by night – who fight crime across a dazzling Paris is co-produced by Disney Channel, Method Animation and Japan’s Toei Animation with a budget of over $50 million. It will debut on France’s TF1 later this year, ahead of a global rollout in more than 50 countries. A feature-length film, games, apps and retail merchandising are also in the works.
Oscar-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) will share a sneak peek of his new film Inside Out with the Annecy audiences. The Pixar release won’t hit big screens until 2015, but the festival will feature concept artwork, as well as work-in-progress shots and behind-the-scenes shots from the film that explores the conflicting emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, as voiced by an all-star cast of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith.
'The Smurfs Movie'
Sony Pictures Animation is scrapping the two previous Smurfs live-action/CGI movies for a new adaptation that is closer to the more delicate, original 1950s artwork by Belgian cartoonist Peyo of the tiny blue people living in a mushroom village. Director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo& Juliet) and SPA president Bob Osher will present the first look at the work in progress, slated for a summer 2016 release.
First-look footage of the story of an 11-year-old with magical powers of invisibility, an injured police officer and an intrepid journalist who team up to save New York from a mysterious gangster will be featured in the Work in Progress section. From French studio Folimage, and A Cat in Paris team Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, the film is voiced by French actors Edouard Baer, Patrick Descamps and Audrey Tautou.
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