Universal Pictures has scheduled Illumination Entertainment‘s Untitled Minions Project In 3D for Friday, December 19, 2014. The spinoff featuring the Minions characters from the 2010 hit Despicable Me marks the fifth movie in Illumination’s partnership with Universal. ...
The release schedules for ninety-minute cartoons are looking a bit ... ahm ... cramped, wouldn't you say? Among the animated features coming out in 2014 are:
The Addams Family
Avatar 2 (That's animated, isn't it?)
Me and My Shadow
Lego: The Piece of Resistance
Madagascar 4 (Penguins??)
Hell and Back
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
And still another sequel:
Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, set for release in 3D on February 7, 2014. The first "Cloudy" film took in $243 million worldwide. The sequel is directed by Cody Cameron (whose story artist credits include Shrek, Madagascar, Surf’s Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) ...
What I take away from the above is that our fine, entertainment conglomerates have picked up on the fact that cartoons are red hot at the box office, and nobody wants to let Pixar, Blue Sky, DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment walk off with all the winnings. (DreamWorks Animation's stock might be on the low side, but its recent features have knocked off half a billion each. And Blue Sky's latest is over the $800 million mark.)
There are no signs that the shower of money will be slowing anytime soon