5. The Smurfs (2011)
That’s right, The Smurfs. On the big screen. Renowned film maker Raja Gosnell, the man who brought us such classics as Home Alone 3, Scooby Doo and Big Momma’s House, is set to direct. Normally I would immediately write this film off as Hollywood douchery but with Colin Brady (a man who helped to bring us ACTUAL classics such as Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug’s Life) listed as director of animation I have faith that this film will be, at the very least, visually stunning. I for one can’t smurfing wait.
4. Shrek Forever After (2010)
We all remember the roaring laugh-fests that were the first two Shrek Films. And I’m sure some of us also remember the roaring suck-fest that was Shrek the Third. With two great films vouching for this franchise it’s safe to say I am excited to see what Shrek and Donkey have to offer the fourth time around.
3. Astro Boy (2009)
This film looks amazing. I’m not overly familiar with the “Astro Boy” franchise but as I understand it this young robot boy is quite the legend in Japan. Genndy Tartakovsky was billed as director in 2004 but unfortunately left the project. Imagi Animation Studios announced in 2006 that they would be producing an all CGI Astro Boy, and now here it is. I only hope non-actor Nicolas Cage doesn’t ruin it. Granted it may be difficult to ruin a film with just one bad voice actor, but I wouldn’t put it past Mr. Cage. What he lacks in talent he makes up for in the uncanny ability to ruin whatever film he’s involved with.
2. Up (2009)
Whenever anyone mentions this film I find myself asking the same question over and over again: why the hell haven’t I seen this movie yet? The UK usually gets the short end of the stick when it comes to release dates, but we’ve been waiting over 5 months for Pixar’s latest adventure to find its way onto our screens. The writers here at “Scattergun” actually had an opportunity to see “Up” earlier this summer at Glastonbury Festivle, but due to unforeseen circumstances (slow ass bitches) we missed out. It’s overwhelmingly positive reviews make this one of the most anticpated computer animated films in recent years, second only to:
1. Toy Story 3 (2010)
It’s finally here. The movie that sparked Hollywood’s obsession with computer animation is back. After 10 long years in development hell, Buzz and the gang return to the big screen. Many thought that Toy Story 3 would never see the light of day. There was a degree of turbulence between Disney and Pixar, with Disney retaining the rights to the characters but Pixar holding the “right of first refusal” to work on the third instalment. Disney planned on going ahead with production without Pixar, but this version was shelved after Disney’s acquisition of Pixar in 2006. Thank fuck. The film was officially announced in 2007 with production transferred entirely to Pixar. Summer 2010 never seemed so far away.