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The animation studios in California are rapidly adjusting to the outbreak of Coronavirus, which has had an immediate impact on their workflows. Employees are being encouraged or required to work from home, some productions have been temporarily halted, and the announcement from Universal that DreamWorks Animations' “Trolls World Tour” will break the theatrical window with same-day VOD on April 10 offers an alternative revenue stream to combat theater closures.
Here's a rundown of the studios' official policies during these uncertain times:
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios
Status: Per the Walt Disney Company, “employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products.” Meanwhile, in compliance with Northern California's “shelter in place” decree on Monday mandating nearly seven million residents to stay home, Pixar shut down its Emeryville studio and employees will work remotely. “I can confirm that Pixar and every other company in the Bay Area is following the guidelines from county officials,” said a studio spokesperson.
Releases: This year, Disney is scheduled to release “Raya and the Last Dragon” November 25, the fantasy adventure scripted by Adele Lim “Crazy Rich Asians” and inspired by Southeast Asian culture. Additionally, the studio also has Fox's “Bob's Burger's: The Movie” slated for July 17, the big screen debut from series creator Loren Bouchard.
Following the March 6 release of “Onward” whose box office has been adversely affected by the pandemic, Pixar has a second movie scheduled for 2020: “Soul” June 19, the latest from director/chief creative officer Pete Docter mixing jazz and The Great Beyond, featuring Jamie Foxx voicing the studio's first black protagonist. No postponement has been announced.
Status: The Glendale campus is adhering to the work-at-home edict mandated by CEO Jeff Shell of parent company NBCUniversal. Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation, sent her own memo last week about working remotely:
Dear DreamWorkers —
You recently received a memo from Jeff Shell regarding our company-wide response to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation. As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, I hope you're taking recommended precautions for the health and safety of you and your family....
No one could say that DC properties have maintained a hold on superhero movie dominance for the last 40 years, but some of the most important films in the genre have been inspired by the likes of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. 1978's Superman: The Movie helped popularize the idea of treating seemingly silly and juvenile comic books seriously. More than a decade later, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman helped create the summer movie season. 16 years would pass between that film and the next feather in DC's cap with Batman Begins resurrecting Batman as a bankable and laudable on-screen character. In 2017, Wonder Woman burst onto screens, standing out as the biggest female-led superhero story of all-time. And in 2019, Joker helped to further the idea established by past best picture nominee Black Panther that comic-inspired stories could, in the right hands, fit in among the very best films. In between all of these standouts are a few hits and a lot of misses. With Birds Of Prey freshly released and news dropping regularly about the next run of Batman films, we thought we'd follow our ranking of MCU movies and update our ranking of the 30 best DC-inspired movies going all the way back to 1966's Adam West starring Batman film.
30. Steel AmazonWB
The film's mere existence might look like hubris in hindsight, considering the abysmal box office and shared loathing that the film generated among critics and audiences upon its release in 1997 to be fair, it still has scattered defenders, but it's easy to see why Warner Bros. tried to launch a new franchise on the strength of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal's mega-watt energy and charisma. Obviously, it didn't work, but worse crimes against cinema and comic book source material have been committed. Just none on this list.
29. Batman and Robin AmazonWarner
Sometimes you have to hit bottom to go up. Joel Schumacher's second and final Batman film so desecrated the Caped Crusader that the only direction the franchise could have gone was gritty which it did, years later. One note: Four years after writing these anti-quotables, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman won an Oscar for writing A Beautiful Mind.
28. The Return of Swamp Thing AmazonDC
Believe it or not, there was a time when major Hollywood studios didn't much bother with comic book movies. That's why there were so many cheapies, like the Dolph Lundgren in The Punisher, the Captain America starring J.D. Salinger's son, and the Fantastic Four movie that Roger Corman made with no intention of ever releasing. So it went with Len Wein's plant-dude. Wes Craven made his own low-ish-budget version in 1982 see a couple notches below, but by 1989, the rights had fallen into Z-grade hell, yielding a bargain basement campfest that once haunted cable movie channels.27. Superman IV: The Quest for...
EXCLUSIVE: Following the departure of Emma Watts at 20th Century Studios last month, the label’s 18-year vet Steve Asbell has been named President, Production, of the Disney-owned film division, Deadline has learned. He’ll report to Walt Disney Studios Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman.
Asbell previously served as EVP, Production, 20th Century Studios 20th Century Fox, since 2012 and has been with the studio since 2002. He is deeply respected by filmmakers including James Mangold, with whom he worked on The Wolverine, Logan, and the two-time Oscar-winning and $225M+ grossing Ford v Ferrari, and Ridley Scott, with whom he has worked on the 7x Oscar nominee The Martian and the upcoming The Last Duel, currently dated for a Christmas release.
Asbell is currently overseeing upcoming films Death on the Nile, dated for Oct. 9, and The Last Duel. Prior to Fox, he held positions in production at Beacon Pictures, Mutual Film Co., and DreamWorks Studios.
In addition, Vanessa Morrison has been named President, Streaming, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, and will oversee development and production of Disney+ film content from The Walt Disney Studios for both Disney Live Action and 20th Century Studios. She will report to Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.
Morrison most recently served as President, Fox Family, following a decade-long stint as President, Fox Animation.
Morrison has served as President of Fox Family since 2017, after a decade as President of Twentieth Century Fox Animation. In addition to several of the Ice Age films and the Rio films, she oversaw development and production of the animated films Ferdinand, The Peanuts Movie, The Book of Life, Epic, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Twentieth Century Fox's live-action Garfield and Cheaper by the Dozen films. Among projects she is currently overseeing for Disney+ are films based on such well-known franchises as Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Other appointments today include Philip Steuer who will lead physical and post production and VFX as President, Production, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, and Randi Hiller who will lead casting as EVP, Casting — overseeing these functions for both Disney Live Action and 20th Century Studios.
Both will dual-report to Asbell and Bailey. This is part of an alignment of a few production functions across the two studios –for both theatrical and streaming content– which will enable greater coordination of the bulk of The Walt Disney Studios' live-action productions, including support for...
Welcome to /Film’s countdown of The 100 Best Movies of the Decade, examining the absolute best movies that were released between 2010 and 2019. This is part three of a five-part series and part of our Best of the Decade series.
Last week, the /Film team sat down for an extended two-part podcast to narrow down the 100 best films of the past decade. When the dust settled, we were left with a family of movies that could not be more different: action films and intimate dramas and horror flicks and animated movies and everything in-between. What connected them was simple – they represented the collective taste of the entire staff and everything we love about the past ten years of cinema. These are the best movies of the decade.
What follows is 60-41 of that list, a collection of films we love from the bottom of our hearts.60. Roma
In the early minutes of Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s gentle ode to his childhood in Mexico, Yalitza Aparicio’s housekeeper Cleo is doing laundry on the roof of the house of the wealthy family for whom she works and lives with. As she busies herself with work, the young son insists that she lay down on the roof and feel the sun with him. She does, and the camera lingers on their serene faces before it pulls out dramatically to reveal hundreds of rooftops with hundreds of other housekeepers going about their days. It’s comforting and frightening all at once — the intimacy of this moment and the scope of similar moments happening all around. It’s in this sequence and the rest of the gauzy film that follows, that Roma weaves a rich tapestry of life, in all its small joys and sharp pains, engulfing you in a wave of memories that surround and immerse you. [Hoai-Tran Bui]59. Jackie
By refusing to be a biopic, Jackie ends up being the best biopic ever made. Pablo Larrain’s film isn’t about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy, but about a very specific window of her life, the moment that defined her public image for the rest of her existence. Most films that feature the assassination of President John F. Kennedy view it from the macro stage, as a world-shifting event, but this film dares to go in so close that it hurts. This isn’t a movie about the death of a president. This is a movie about a mourning wife, a woman who who must grieve while every eye in the world is upon her. And Natalie Portman, giving the best performance of her career, shoulders it all with a performance that transcends imitation with its raw ferocity. [Jacob Hall]58. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The Lonely Island brought Saturday Night Live into the computer age with SNL Digital Shorts, and all of their energy and musical mastery gets amplified to the nth degree in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The soundtrack is bursting with raunchy,...