Best Animated Films and Anime movies of 2012: Featuring the new trailer for Madagascar 3, and Beauty & Beast rerelease
For those that are familiar with usual preview hubs, I've taken the liberty of organizing them into different categories this year to better help my readers find the films that they wish to see better. In this new entry of preview hubs, we will be going over some of the animated films that are set to be released next year. Along with the cast, directorial, and writing credits listed, you'll also find a brief plot synopsis for each film as well, and some trailers. Granted, not all these films will have trailers, as some have yet to put one out, but I will be updating these preview hubs throughout the year until December 31, 2011, so be sure to check back later. Anyway, without further delay, lets get down to business with our listings of animated films and anime movies that are set to be released in 2012.
Please take note that release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings for details.
UPDATE #1: After the abysmal box office results of "Mars Needs Moms", Disney has officially pulled the plug on the remake of "Yellow Submarine." Although Robert Zemeckis (director of Yellow Submarine remake) did go on record to say that the film is being currently shopped around other studios for distribution, as the film is only in it's post production phase. However, there doesn't seem to be any bidders thus far for the project. Rest assured, I will be updating this hub if anything changes, and I apologize for the inconvenience.
On a lighter note though, Disney also announced recently that they would be re-releasing "Beauty and the Beast" next year in 3-D, due to the recent success of the "Lion King" being re-released in 3-D.
UPDATE #2: Dorothy of Oz has been delayed.
Beauty and the Beast
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Writers: Linda Woolverton, Roger Allers, Brenda Chapman, Burny Mattinson, Brian Pimental, Joe Ranft, Kelly Asbury, Chris Sanders, Kevin Harkey, Bruce Woodside, Tom Ellery, Robert Lence, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Voice Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Hal Smith, Jo Anne Worley, Mary Kay Bergman, Brian Cummings, Alvin Epstein, Alec Murphy, Tony Jay, Kimmy Robertson, Kath Soucie, Frank Welker
Synopsis: Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince.
Release Date: January 13, 2012
Directors: Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews
Writers: Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi
Voice Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters
Synopsis: Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Director: Eric Darnell
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Voice Cast: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett-Smith, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand, Chris Rock
Synopsis: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York.
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Writers: Michael Burg, Mike Reiss, Jason Fuchs
Voice Cast: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Dennis Leary, Josh Peck, John Leguizamo, Chris Wedge, Jeremy Renner, Nick Frost, Jennifer Lopez, Seann William Scott
Synopsis: As of right now, there's no official plot synopsis for this film. However, I will add it later to this hub once it becomes available. I do apologize for the inconvenience. However, it is set to be in 3-D though.
Release Date: July 13, 2012
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Tim Burton, Leonard Ripps, John August
Voice Cast: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Conchata Ferrell, Martin Short, Tom Kenny, Martin Landau, Robert Capron, Atticus Shaffer, James Hiroyuki Liao
Synopsis: When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been.
The film is essentially a stop motion black and white animated film set to be a remake of the original 1984 short of the same name. Tim Burton coincidentally was involved in that film as well.
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Dr. Suess' The Lorax
Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Writers: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul, Dr. Suess
Voice Cast: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Betty White, Willow Smith, Rob Riggle, Sherry Lynn
Synopsis: An environmentalist tries to save the forest from a greedy clothing manufacturer.
Based off the classic children's story by Dr. Suess.
Release Date: March 2, 2012
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Writer: Gideon Defoe
Voice Cast: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey
Synopsis: Pirate Captain (Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals, Black Bellamy (Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Hayek),for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes the Captain and his crew from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Release Date: March 30, 2012
Rise of the Guardians
Directors: Peter Ramsey, William Joyce
Writers: William Joyce, David Lindsay-Abaire
Voice Cast: Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Goyo
Synopsis: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman band together to form a united front against the Bogeyman.
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Director: Rich Moore
Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman
Synopsis: Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan -- win a medal -- but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade?
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Writer: Chris Butler
Voice Cast: Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, Jodelle Ferland, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Bernard Hill, Jeff Garlin, Tempestt Bledsoe, Elaine Stritch, Tucker Albrizzi
Synopsis: A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and moronic grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Writers: Mary Norton, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Original Japanese Voice Cast: Mirai Shida, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Ohtake, Keiko Takeshita, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tomokazu Miura, Kirin Kiki
UK Voice Cast: Luke Allen-Gale, Olivia Colman, Shin'ichi Hatori, Tom Holland, Phyllida Law, Geraldine McEwan, Mark Strong, Saoirse Ronan
U.S. Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Shin'ichi Hatori, David Henrie, Peter Jason, Amy Poehler, Saoirse Ronan
Synopsis: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Writers: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, David I. Stern
Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Cee-Lo, Fran Drescher, Miley Cyrus
Synopsis: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Director: Tom Walsh
Writers: Jeffrey Delman, Tom Walsh
Voice Cast: N/A
Synopsis: When the mother of two kids has to go away on business trip , the kids are left to stay with their grandmother who lives in a fantasy world like no one has ever seen before.
Release Date: December 7, 2012
Director: Shannon McGee
Writers: Erik von Wodtke, Hal M. Williams
Voice Cast: N/A
Synopsis: The true story of Christmas from Dutch folklore.
Release Date: November 5, 2012
An African Tale
Director: Brent Dawes
Writer: Brent Dawes
Voice Cast: N/A
Synopsis: "An African Tale" is set to be the first CGI animated feature produced from Africa. Although very little information has been given out about the official plot for this movie, but Brent Dawes, along with his staff, continually persist this film will be a heartfelt story about Africa. One that will not only open the eyes of it's audience, but one that will heavily focus on the story aspect of how beautiful Africa is. Of course, once an official plot synopsis is released, then I will gladly post it up here shortly. I do apologize for the inconvenience.
Release Date: October 2012
Henry & Me
Director: Barrett Esposito
Writer: David I. Stern
Voice Cast: Richard Gere, Luis Guzman, Chazz Palminteri, Danny Aiello, Lucie Arnaz, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Nick Swisher, Austin Williams, Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson, Mark Teixeira, Joseph Gian, Yogi Berra, Joe Girardi
Synopsis: A young boy, Jack, is battling and undergoing treatment for cancer. A young girl helps Jack find his own unique, Yankee-filled fantasy. Jack travels through Yankee history from the past to the present with Henry as his guide.
Release Date: TBA 2012
Director: Tom Walsh
Writers: Tom Walsh, Adriana Walsh
Voice Cast: Melissa Leo, Maggie Wheeler, Joey D. Vieira, R. Martin Klein, Thomas Francis Walsh III, John DeMita, Jacqueline Lovell, Mark Lewis, Steven Memel, Keyna Darling, Wally Smojver
Synopsis: Family inherits an old house and to their surprise, finds the home filled with wonderful colorful creatures that brings the family together.
Release Date: February 16, 2012
Escape from Planet Earth
Director: Callan Brunker
Writers: Cory Edwards, Bob Barlen, Callan Brunker, Tony Leech
Voice Cast: Jessica Alba, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Joshua Rush, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Tim Dadabo
Synopsis: The story takes place on planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA.
Release Date: TBA 2012
Directors: Bobby Ciraldo, Andrew Swant
Writers: Bobby Ciraldo, Andrew Swant, William Shakespeare
Cast: Bobby Ciraldo, Andrew Swant, Dustin Diamond, Robert Richard Jorge, Mark Metcalf, Majel Barrett, Mark Borchardt, Neil Hamburger, Michael Q. Schmidt, Leslie Hall, Sam Norman, Harmony Murphy, Xav Leplae, Laura Klein, David Robbins, Jerod Duris, Eric Gerber, Sarah Price, Eric Ziegeweid, Ayesha Mohan
Voice Cast: Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy
Synopsis: Hamlet is an easily distracted prince who is not quite ready to do the task at hand. Challenged to kill his uncle Claudius by the ghost of his recently dead dad, Hamlet enthusiastically proceeds to do everything but. From practicing stage acting in the 1800s to producing a television drama in the 1950s, from dancing at the discotheque in the 1970s to culinary prankery in the distant future, Hamlet always manages to find something to distract himself from taking revenge for his father's murder. Shot entirely in front of a green screen, HAMLET A.D.D. features live-action characters in a colorful cartoon world.
Release Date: TBA 2012
The Embryo Who Came in from the Cold
Director: Ganit Orian
Writer: Ganit Orian
Voice Cast: Aylam Orian, Kay Ramczyk, Amiram Eini
Synopsis: 5 IVF embryos embark on a journey to find their mother.
Release Date: TBA 2012
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