Category Archives: Animation

“Young Justice Season 3 Has Already Recorded Multiple Episodes”

“Fans of Young Justice can now rejoice, as the third season is not only moving forward but getting closer to completing production. When Young Justice premiered on the Cartoon Network back in 2010, it took the superhero world by storm. The show was not only hailed as one of the best animated projects to date, but one of the best superhero TV shows ever. Thanks to nuanced storytelling, lots of character development, and an overarching plot, the show managed to craft a number of powerful and mature episodes. Along the way, it also delivered plenty of action and lots of DC heroes and villains.

After just two seasons, however, the show was cancelled and fans immediately began petitioning for the return of the series. Despite the creators and voice actors fanning those flames, nothing official was heard until late last year. The announcement took many by surprise, with word that season 3 of Young Justice, dubbed Outsiders, would be coming soon in some format. Since that time, we’ve learned that the show and Titans will bedebuting on DC’s upcoming digital streaming service. Now, it looks as if the show is a good deal into production.

A Twitter user attending Awesome Con nabbed some footage of Young Justice voice actor Nolan North discussing the new season. North, who plays Superboy on the show, revealed that he had just finished recording episode 5 of the series, indicating the show is well into production at the point…”

http://screenrant.com/young-justice-season-3-episodes-production-recording/

“All About Auli’i Cravalho, the Amazing 16-Year-Old Voice of Disney’s Moana”

“Before you get to know Auli’i Cravalho, the amazing 16-year-old voice of Disney’s new heroine Moana, it’s probably best you learn how to pronounce her name.

“It’s ‘ow,’ like you stubbed your toe. ‘Lee,’ like Bruce Lee. Then, you add an ‘e.’ Auli’i Cravalho,” she explains (with bonus pantomimes) to PEOPLE in the above video.

 The Hawaiian native, who turned 16 on Tuesday (the day before her new movie premieres!), was born on the Big Island and now lives in Mililani on the island of Oahu with her mom, Puanani. The rising star was discovered almost by accident, when Disney talent scouts saw her sing in a YouTube video.

Cravalho, a member of her school’s glee club, gives props to her mom for her strong pipes. “I credit my singing to my mom because she didn’t give me a binky when I was a baby. I cried and screamed for the first six months — my mom would say four years of my life — and I developed wonderful lungs,” she says.

For the first-time actress, performing in the privacy of a sound booth was a welcome introduction to the big screen. “I really like it because when I’m in the studio, I kind of just close my eyes. I don’t have to worry about what I look like too much, and I don’t have to worry about perhaps not moving my eyebrows in the right direction to look sad or something,” she explains.

Plus, when it comes to acting with her voice, Cravalho is a natural. “I’m kind of an animated person,” she adds. “I was given this really big blessing that my voice just kind of carries the emotion.”

In the film, Cravalho plays Moana Waialiki, the high-spirited daughter of the chief of a mystical Polynesian island, who sets sail to an island with a demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) to help save her family from disaster. The story is full of Disney fantasy, but Cravalho says her character’s journey toward self-discovery — and the fact that she makes that journey alone — is relatable to everyone…”

http://people.com/movies/all-about-aulii-cravalho-the-amazing-16-year-old-voice-behind-moana/

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“15 Characters We Want To See In Young Justice Season 3”

“Though the details are still scarce, fans of the Cartoon Network series Young Justice are rejoicing after news broke that Warner Bros. Animation will be reviving the show for a third season. Despite a dedicated fan base during its initial run, the show was cancelled in 2013 after just two seasons. Premiering in 2010 and loosely based on the comic title of the same name, the show was praised for its mature content, character growth, and overarching storylines. Since then, the fans have been vocal about wanting the show to return. The voice actors and creators of the series have also spent the intervening years hinting that a revival, perhaps on a site like Netflix, was possible.

While we don’t yet know whether the new season will be back on Cartoon Network or will instead be produced by Netflix, it’s clear that fans’ enthusiasm and the fact that the show is regularly trending on the streaming platform had an impact on the company’s decision. The series showcased many DC characters over its 46 episodes, but there’s still a number of prominent comic book heroes who have yet to appear. With that in mind, here are 15 Characters We Want To See In Young Justice Season 3.

15. CYBORG

For a show that featured the Justice League and a variation on the Teen Titans, one of the most notable absences over the series’ two seasons was the hero Cyborg. While his prominence in the League during the New 52 reboot and his status in the now-burgeoning DCEU weren’t yet established when Young Justice premiered, his absence was still quite notable. Given his main role in the popular Teen Titans and subsequent Teen Titans Go! series, it does seem odd that some version of the cybernetic former athlete known as Vic Stone was never added to the Team’s roster…”

http://screenrant.com/young-justice-netflix-season-3-characters/

“Young Justice Season 3 Is Finally Happening, Here’s What We Know’

“The first time somebody said “Ask, and you shall receive,” the subject at hand wasn’t a third season of a fan favorite animated series, but it definitely applies in the case of the no longer short-lived superhero offering Young Justice. After three and a half years of waiting, fans can finally rejoice now that Young Justice Season 3 is finally happening, and there is no longer a need to keep petitioning and campaigning. (Maybe change “Season 3” to “Season 4” on the picket signs instead of throwing them away, though, to be safe.)

Warner Bros. Animation dropped the rather shocking announcement today thatYoung Justice Season 3 is currently beginning production. At this early point, a premiere date hasn’t been carved out yet, and more interestingly, there still isn’t a network attached. Young Justice spent its first two highly acclaimed and well-rated seasons on Cartoon Network, where it aired its last episode in March 2013, but it apparently won’t be headed back to that cable outlet for further adventures. Both seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix, a company known for embracing TV series’ surprise comebacks; perhaps a bigger relationship will blossom between the show and streaming service.

But while Young Justice‘s home may be changing, some things are staying the same, and the new season will see the return of creators and producers Brandon Vietti, who has since directed the fun feature LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, and Greg Weisman, who is currently a writer/producer on Star Wars Rebels. So hopefully we don’t need expect any big shifts as far as story and tone are concerned.

Unfortunately, such early news necessarily means that not a lot of narrative details are floating around for Young Justice Season 3. The announcement only promised “new twists, turns and dangerous new threats,” but we could have already guessed that. It’s unclear just how The Team will change, if it will, from Season 2 to Season 3, but I have to assume that Vietti and Weisman have been thinking about future Young Justice stories since Season 2 was in production, so this could easily be the best season yet…”

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1582400/young-justice-season-3-is-finally-happening-heres-what-we-know

“‘Mulan’ Gets 3D, Live Action Treatment From Disney For 2018”

“Disney is putting a live-action 3D Mulan film on the fast track for November 2018, building upon a tried and true strategy of taking already branded and beloved animated films and giving them new life for  the big screen. This one also has a female protagonist, not unlike their box office hits Cinderella and Maleficent. The studio plans a worldwide casting search for the lead Chinese actress for the role. This is not the first time that the movie has been made into a live-action film. One was mounted by Chinese filmmakers in 2009 — Mulan: Rise of a Warrior.

The move is interesting, given the strength of the Chinese in the entertainment industry right now and the fact that the company just opened a major theme park in Shanghai so we expect a Mulan-themed adventure ride in the future there. Jackie Chan, the beloved Chinese actor, dubbed the animated musical Mulan for Disney in 1998 when the film was released in China.

The story follows the rise of Mulan during the Han Dynasty when this daughter of a legendary warrior impersonates a man to fight against a Hun invasion. The new live-action film is combining the story of the ballad of the legendary Hua Mulan with the highly popular 1998 animated film, which carried the same name and made a whopping $304M worldwide at the box office.

The spec, written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, was purchased by the studio last  year and the project has been on the fast track ever since as they brought aboard Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and the upcoming Avatar sequel) to get it into shooting shape…”

http://deadline.com/2016/10/mulan-live-action-3d-disney-november-2018-1201830651/

“Gorillaz Debut Wild Multimedia Story Ahead of New Music”

“Pearls, demons, and Arcade Fire jokes abound in the new multimedia story from Gorillaz. The virtual band debuted a short story on social media Monday called “The Book of Noodle” ahead of releasing new music.

In the story, protagonist Noodle has “drifted away from Plastic Beach” and accidentally allows an evil demon to escape from a magical pearl she found. Plastic Beach references the band’s 2010 album.

Unfortunately for Noodle, the demon is a shape-shifter and according the “The Book of Noodle,” locating a shape-shifter “is like looking for a beard at an Arcade Fire concert.” Noodle eventually tracks down the pesky demon, who is now a central figure in the criminal underworld. After disguising herself as a geisha, Noodle decapitates the demon.

Victory belongs to Noodle, but to avoid the demon’s lackeys she escapes in a crate to read some Herman Melville on her way to London…”

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/03/gorillaz-book-noodle

“Why Disney Decided to Make Moana the Ultimate Anti-Princess”

“Partway through Moana, an animated musical due out Nov. 23, the titular character’s traveling companion, a tattooed demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), refers to her as a princess. “I am not a princess,” Moana says. “If you wear a dress and you have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess,” he counters. But Disney’s latest heroine, a 16-year-old Polynesian voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, puts an end to this mansplaining. She doesn’t do it with a witty retort; instead she does it by navigating the ocean, defeating a pissed-off lava monster and saving the world with a dimwitted pet chicken in tow.

The newest Disney character to join the ranks of Belle and Ariel is, in fact, just what she says she is: a heroine. That’s the point, say directors Ron Clements and John Musker, who helmed such classics of the genre as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. “We saw this as a hero’s journey, a coming-of-age story, in a different tradition than the princess stories,” says Clements. Adds Musker: “I don’t know that any of the other princesses we’ve been involved with we’d describe as badass.”

The idea for an animated feature set in the Pacific Islands was conceived five years ago by Musker, who was inspired by the novels of Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad and paintings by Paul Gauguin. Recognizing that all of these perspectives on the region came through the eyes of westerners, he began a deep dive into Polynesian mythology, culminating in a trip, along with longtime partner Clements, to Tahiti, Samoa and Fiji.

During the trip, Musker and Clements rendezvoused with archaeologists and linguists, choreographers and village chiefs. By the time they left, a central theme was beginning to come into focus: navigation. “We learned about dead reckoning, where they sailed by their knowledge of the stars and the currents,” explains Musker. “It was very much a source of pride to them that they were the world’s greatest navigators in doing so…”

http://time.com/4473277/moana-disney-princess-directors-interview/