- Oct 26, 2017
+1definitely the 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie. it was pretty much the last bastion for theatrical 2D animation in the US and Disney basically sent it out to die against the last Harry Potter film. think if it had made back its budget several times over Disney and Hollywood in general would've taken another look at the potential of the medium and those kinds of movies wouldn't have completely disappeared from the landscape (outside of the odd TV show adaptation like Teen Titans Go every now and then)
This is the one that burns me the most. It's especially bad as unlike WDAS's usual CG films and 2009's Princess and the Frog (usually $100M+) it was made for only $30M. I'm hoping that with Lee now in charge of WDAS, they might give theatrical 2D films another chance after Lasseter's short-lived attempt--even if it's a similarly low-budget one. Between the live-action remakes of their animated films, WDAS, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, Disney is swimming in money as it is. The studio also certainly has no problem taking risks, considering with the constant $100M live-action adaptation bombs they keep releasing once or twice a year at this rate (Nutcracker, A Wrinkle in Time, The BFG, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Tomorrowland, etc.)
Speaking of unpopular non-CG animated films; I'm really not too jazzed with how audiences have received Laika and Aardman's stop motion films. Kubo and Shaun the Sheep Movie deserved better than how they actually performed (although at least Shaun did well enough internationally that there's a sequel for it coming out next year). I'm at this point surprised stop-motion films still have a foothold in mainstream theaters as it is.
Also agreed with this. From everything I've read about Uprising it just feels like Legendary saw it as just a potential franchise they could milk for Chinese box-office receipts and proceeded to phone in that film in hard. There's an anime / show adaptation in the works though, so maybe that one could be good? IDK.Given that everybody has already said 2049, I'm gonna mention the first Pacific Rim. It made enough money to garner a sequel years later and an animated series but it's still disappointing how del Toro's script wasn't used and that they gave it to a rookie director. Also Boyega producing it whilst missing the point of the first.
Other suggestions / agreements:
- Dredd 3D (Though it's getting a TV series)
- Paddington 2 (The U.S. release; although again, like Shaun, it did well enough elsewhere that there's a third film in the works.)
- The 2011 Adventures of Tintin (combination of Tintin being more of a European icon and Paramount's meddling sunk it it in the US; while the international release --handled by Sony-- was much better, a sequel still languishes in development hell :/)
Pretty much agreed with everything here; although I do wonder if by Redline, you're referring to the 2009 anime film by Madhouse. (There's a live-action film with the same name, also about car racing, that came out in 2007; which I --and given its box office results, almost everybody else-- haven't seen. :v)