2016 has been one of the greatest years for animated films. From Disney’s two releases, Zootopia and Moana, to Laika’s under-appreciated Kubo and the Two Strings, animation has rocked the movie world better than much of its live-action competition. But then there is Illumination Entertainment (Minions), who like Disney decided to release two heavy hitters this year. First was Secret Life of Pets, which took the world and box office by storm, and now Sing is looking to do the same. But with so many movies already released, can it ignite the same excitement as Illumination’s other hits?
This weekend, the creative team behind Miraculous decided to release the show’s two-parted season finale a month ahead of time in both France and South Korea. The sudden change has led to the delay of the twenty-second, twenty-third, and twenty-fourth episodes – not that this fangirl is complaining. “Birth of Ladybug,” also known as “Origins,” is exactly what fans have been clamoring for since Marinette’s debut.
Ladies and gentlemen, we finally get an origin story.
One hour is all it took for me to become absolutely hooked on a little show called Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. Having originally aired in South Korea and France as Lady Bug and Miraculous respectively, this groundbreaking CGI cartoon marks the first cross-collaboration between French, Japanese, and Korean animation studios. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Miraculous is slated to premiere in a total of one-hundred and twenty countries under big-name distributors Disney and Nickelodeon among others. Even before its debut, the show’s anime-esque PV had already begun accumulating a sizeable fanbase – followed by a stream of AMVs, fanart, and speculation. With the series now reaching its climax, the hype behind “Team Adrienette” and “Team Lady Noir” has grown stronger than ever.
So what exactly has led to such success? I believe Ladybug herself holds the answer.
Sometimes, the current state of Hollywood leaves me depressed. We’re plagued by reboots, sequels, and other non-original ideas that constantly seem to stink up the creative universe with each release, one right after the other. From recent financial disaster Jem and the Holograms, to even the largely (financially) successful Transformers films, Hollywood’s glowing, promising star seems to dwindle faster and faster. But once in a while, there is a cinematic adaptation of a beloved property that gets it right. One that is a nice reminder that movie versions can be done correctly. Specifically today, I am talking about The Peanuts Movie, starring the amazing characters created by the immortal Charles M. Schulz.
Studio Ghibli, beloved by many for producing such films as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, and known mainly for producing shorts and feature films, has announced they will be producing their first TV series, beginning August 31. The news seems to have broken mainly via a fan Facebook page, which included the image below, and the following description:
“‘Sanzoku no Musume Ronja’, or ‘Ronja the Robber’s Daughter’, will be aired in Japan starting on August 31. It is a coproduction with 3DCG studio Polygon Pictures (known for animating some of Ghost in the Shell, among others), to be directed by Goro Miyazaki. More details are forthcoming.
The story is of a little girl named Ronja, the daughter of a colourful robber chieftain who lives in a castle high on a rock in a dark pine forest. She gets to know the creatures of the forest, meets another kid like herself, and questions her father’s life of robbery.”