Sony Pictures Animation unveils slate


MUMBAI: In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation has announced its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. Sony Pictures Animation’s slate includes a mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own style and tone, underscoring the studio’s pledge to develop projects aimed both inside and outside of the Sony Pictures Animation family brand intended for traditional, as well as online, distribution platforms.

Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson said, “We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively.” Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman said, “I could not be more proud of the way Kristine Belson has rebuilt Sony Pictures Animation into the boldest home for animation in the industry.”

Theatrical Features
‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’, a fully-animated comedy that delivers a fresh new take on the blue creatures, hits theatres on 7 April 2017. The voice cast includes Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy, Joe Manganiello as Hefty, Danny Pudi as Brainy, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa. ‘

Emojimovie: Express Yourself’ will offer a comic take on the secret world of our phones and the beloved characters that have become daily necessities in global interpersonal communication. The feature is targeting an August 2017 theatrical release.

‘The Star’ (working title) is scheduled for an 8 December 2017 theatrical release. A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the greatest story ever told, the first Christmas. Sony Pictures Animation produces the movie in association with The Jim Henson Company.

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’, a follow-up to Sony Pictures Animation’s highest grossing film in the US and the biggest opening ever for a US September release, is scheduled to hit theaters on 21 September 2018.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky, who returns to helm this brand new adventure, says, “I thought I was done exploring the world of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ after the first two films, but while I was away from the franchise finishing my TV show ‘Samurai Jack’, an idea sparked that I got really excited about and made it irresistible to return and helm myself this third adventure.” Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg will be returning as the voices of Dracula, his vampire daughter Mavis, and her human husband Johnny.

Also, from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind ‘The Lego Movie’, comes an animated ‘Spider-Man’ feature slated for theatrical release on 21 December 2018.

Animated Series
A brand new animated television series, ‘Ghostbusters: Ecto Force’, will further expand the ‘Ghostbusters’ cinematic universe and focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters in the year 2050 who capture ghosts around the world with help from local teams—and some very cool gear! The younger-skewing Sony Pictures Animation project is being creatively spearheaded by Ivan Reitman and his production company Ghost Corps. It is is eyeing an early 2018 debut.

‘Hotel Transylvania’ will also have a TV show. It is targeted for a 2017 airdate. The animated television series, produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, will focus on the teenage years of Mavis, Dracula’s daughter, and her friends. It will be airing on the Disney Channel worldwide.

Another movie that will make the transition to TV is ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’. It is slated for its television series incarnation airdate in 2017. The 2D animated small-screen series will expand on the adventures of the computer-animated feature films and will air on Cartoon Network in the US and Turner channels across EMEA, APAC and Latin American markets.

‘Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania’ will debut on home entertainment in the Spring of 2017. Directed by Henry Yu and produced by Michelle Wong, the follow-up to the 2007 Oscar nominee will hit the shores in time for the 10-year anniversary of the franchise. The project is in partnership with WWE Studios and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The voice cast includes WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon as an infamous big wave riding crew of penguins known as The Hang 5 which Cody Maverick convinces to let him join on their journey to a mysterious surf spot where legend has it they will find the biggest waves in the world.

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Animated Spider-Man Movie Has Secured a Director


Collider is reporting that Sony picks first-time director Bob Persichetti to helm the untitled animated Spidey movie which is due for 2018 release. Wait, what? I wasn’t even aware this existed! I imagine it’s 3d but still pretty cool if it’s a decent story.

Details on this new Spider-Man film are under wraps, but recently rumors have swirled that it may be the first movie to focus on someone other than Peter Parker in the title role—namely Miles Morales, the first non-white Spider-Man. This would not only allow this film to further distance itself from the Marvel/Sony live-action reboot, but offer a unique story opportunity in presenting a Spider-Man whose origin audiences haven’t already had ingrained into their heads. It’s a win-win!

Everett Peck

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Everett Peck.  I’m an artist.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked primarily as an Illustrator and painter for 25  years before earning my living primarily in animation.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’ve most enjoyed working on the animated projects I  created, Duckman and Squirrelboy.  I also enjoyed working with some great people on projects at Klasky Csupo Studios and Sony Animation such as Ghost Busters and Jumanji.

How did you become interested in animation?
Ever since I can remember as a kid I was interested in animation.  My biggest influence then was Disney and W.B.  But I also liked anything the Fleisher studio did and the U.P.A stuff.  I was also quite taken with other artists who who were not necessarily animators but were illustrators who occasionally lent their style to animated projects.  People like Heinrich Kley, Virgil Partch, and Ronald Searle.  I was also knocked out by Mad magazine, especially guys like Jack Davis, Mort Drucker, and Don Martin.  Also loved Ed Roth and Basil Wolverton. All of these influences led me to a career in Illustration and in turn, to Animation.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from a beach town about 35 miles north of San Diego, Oceanside, CA.  As an Illustrator, I would occasionally design for animation.  It was when I entered into partnership with Klasky/Csupo studio to do Duckman that I switched emphasis from illustration to animation.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
It depends on what I’m doing.  If I have a show in production, I’m usually at the Continue reading

Barry Reynolds

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What is your name and your current occupation?Barry Reynolds – Character designer/Concept/Visual development artist

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
It was pretty much feet first into animation so no tales of stitching clown shoes, yeti herding or selling doors door to door I’m afraid..

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Being the character designer on “The Secret of Kells” was something I have to say I’m very proud of and it was great to see it get the Oscar nod – completely unexpected but a great boost to the whole crew who put their heart into making something we hoped would be worthwhile.. Also, the upcoming “Arthur Christmas” from Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation is another project I’m very happy to have been a part of – working with fantastic and fun people who made coming in to work every day a jolly experience – definitely one of the favourites so far! Others include Irish language graphic novels, “An Táin” and “Deirdre agus Mic Uisnigh” where I got to expand upon old Irish legends and bring them to a new audience in my own style of drawing…

How did you become interested in animation?
Apparently I’ve been interested in animation since seeing “The Jungle Book” at the tender age of 4 – it seems I announced my intention to draw for a living back then and apart from brief flirtations with Continue reading

Hotel Transylvania 2 teaser trailer!

LOVED the first one! This sequence was boarded by my buddy Keith Baxter who we interviewed back in 2011

Keith was coincidentally my very first boss in L.A. on a production called Tazmania where he taught me so many things about drawing that I’ll never be able to repay him.

You can read Keith’s interview here!

News: Sony offers a Maya zombie rig from Hotel Transylvania

Zombie rig

Animation Fans! Sony Pictures Animation is excited to announce a fun opportunity for artists and animation fans to animate using an actual character rig from a major animated feature film.

Simply download the Maya file below and start animating one of the zombies straight out of Hotel Transylvania in a traditional walk or run cycle, squash and stretch, or anything else you’re inspired by.

Zombie Rig can be found under the “Careers” tab at or

Make sure to submit your work for the chance to have it showcased on the Sony Pictures Animation YouTube channel: ‪#‎HotelTHalloween‬