Hey all, it’s been a while since I’ve updated. There’s a lot of cool news and projects coming out of the animation world so I figured I’d throw together a massive news update post to cover all the stories I slacked off on earlier. Hit the jump for all the articles, videos, and news.
The biggest news to recently hit the animation world was the announcement that Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy series, will be producing a 3D stop-motion animated adaptation of Pinocchio. del Toro wants to have the project underway by May. Head over to /Film for more details and concept art.
Twitch has the first teaser for Legend of a Rabbit, China’s answer to Kung Fu Panda. The animation looks somewhat more simplistic than its American counterpart but the action looks no less awesome.
Stop-motion wizard Patrick Boivin makes another superb fight video, this time letting Marvel Comics’ Black Widow throw down with everyone from the T-1000 to Michael Jackson.
Moviefone creates an alternate universe where the Oscars gave animated features their dues. What a beautiful dream.
An intriguingly mysterious trailer for a French animated feature known as The Prodigies surfaced, created a buzz, and was taken down promptly due to copyright claims. Big thanks to Movieweb for still having it up.
A short teaser and synopsis for the anime adaptation of the X-Men hit the interwebs Monday. The teaser looks good, but given how unimpressive the last few of Marvel’s anime adaptations were I’m not getting my hopes up too much. The synopsis sounds suitably crazy though.
The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army.
The anime will premiere April 1 on Japan’s anime network Animax. (via The Animation Blog)
ComicsAlliance has a funny Flash-animated fan film that mashes up the Teen Titans, Scooby Doo, and ninjas.
Moviefone has a list of five animated monster movies for kids.