Up Next from John Lasseter & Skydance Animation – Spellbound

Followers of animated films are undoubtedly maintaining on what’s popping out of Skydance Animation, one of many manufacturing firm Skydance’s fledgling manufacturing offshoots. Headed up by John Lasseter of former Pixar fame, Skydance Animation lately launched its first full-length animated characteristic, ‘Luck.’ After the success of ‘Luck,’ the Skydance animation workforce is properly on its technique to placing itself on the animation map with the assistance of Apple TV+. 


‘Spellbound’ is the subsequent full-length animated characteristic set to come back out from Skydance Animation beneath the artistic path of John Lasseter. Though details about the film has been gradual to be launched, we all know that its ambition is making waves. Solely the second full-length animated characteristic to come back out from the manufacturing firm, ‘Spellbound’ may also be a musical operation – headed by Disney nice Alan Menken and different Disney writing greats.

What We Know About Spellbound

Like ‘Luck’ Earlier than it, ‘Spellbound’ takes place in a magical land and is stuffed with characters not too unfamiliar to people however their very own form. John Lasseter was the pinnacle of animation for this and all present Skydance initiatives. Princess Ellian, a magical princess (performed by Rachel Zegler), holds the important thing to saving her kingdom. Torn aside by mild and darkish forces, her kingdom of Lumbria relies upon upon her magical talents to proceed thriving because it has for eons.

Sadly for audiences, that is about as a lot as we all know on the subject of plotlines. ‘Luck,’ launched in August of 2022, was equally mysterious with its plot earlier than its launch. Plot apart, we all know fairly a bit in regards to the manufacturing and rumors in regards to the launch date of ‘Spellbound.’ The present launch date was presupposed to be November 11th, 2022. Nonetheless, the manufacturing workforce seems to have postponed the discharge till 2023. Maybe the wait is a hype tactic as a result of what we do know in regards to the manufacturing workforce ought to have audiences excited to see the film.

‘Spellbound’ will probably be directed by Vicky Jenson of ‘Shrek’ fame and produced by David Lipman. In addition to their visionary steerage, Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Magnificence & The Beast), Lauren Hynek (Mulan), and Elizabeth Martin (Mulan) will probably be writing the script. However with musically penned items, the necessity for good writing doesn’t simply cease on the script itself – the lyrics and music rely, too. And if three award-winning Disney writers don’t pique your curiosity, the lyricists and music writers ought to. Glenn Slater of Disney’s ‘Tangled’ will pen the lyrics for the songs. Lastly, Alan Menken of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ fame will compose the music.

Spellbound is ready up with an all-star solid of characters and notable voices, which can undoubtedly lend to the film’s success. 

    • Rachel Zegler as Princess Ellian – Rachel Zegler is already well-known for her singing voice, having performed Maria Vasquez within the remake of West Facet Story. Now, as Princess Ellian, Rachel Zegler should discover a technique to unite her kingdom, which has been break up in two.
  • Nicole Kidman as Queen Ellsmere – Nicole Kidman performs the mom of Princess Ellian. Though Kidman is healthier identified for her dramatic appearing roles, she has made waves in musicals resembling Moulin Rouge.
  • Javier Bardem as King Solon – Javier Bardem performs Princess Ellian’s father. His distinctive voice will probably be extremely recognizable alongside the principle characters. He and Nicole Kidman lately starred alongside each other as Ricky & Lucy Ricardo.
  • John Lithgow as Minister Bolinar John Lithgow is a notable voice actor, having lent his voice to a number of of essentially the most beloved musical animated movies of all time (together with 1999’s Shrek)
    • Jenifer Lewis as Minister Nazara Susceptible – Jenifer Lewis received her begin on Broadway, ultimately touchdown a lead position in ‘Dreamgirls’. She has most lately risen to fame as Anthony Andersen’s mom on ABC’s ‘Black-ish’
  • Nathan Lane as The Oracle of the Solar – Musical lovers will probably be happy to see Nathan Lane’s title as one of many characters on the roster. Nathan Lane voices the Oracle of the Solar in ‘Spellbound.’
    • Andre De Shields as The Oracle of the Moon – Andre De Shields is one other Broadway star gracing the solid. His vocal skills will deliver the Oracle of the Moon to life.
  • Jordan Fisher as Callan – Jordan Fisher made headway as a prolific gamer, tv star, and singer. He joins the solid as Callan, a good friend of Princess Ellian.

Latest Successes: ‘Luck’ and ‘Blush’

Even with no full-fledged plot synopsis or trailer, ‘Spellbound’ ought to garner pleasure amongst animation followers and followers of former John Lasseter films. ‘Spellbound’ isn’t Lasseter’s first run across the monitor by any means. The previous head of Pixar was the driving drive behind a few of Pixar’s most beloved movie franchises, together with the Toy Story and Vehicles franchises. Nonetheless, John Lasseter and Skydance Animation have already had fairly a little bit of success with former movies. 

‘Blush,’ an animated quick launched on Apple TV+, was the primary Skydance Animation movie launched beneath the path of John Lasseter. It follows the story of an interplanetary horticulturalist who crash lands on a seemingly inhospitable planet. His destiny appears doubtful till he meets a rose-colored alien with the present of a inexperienced thumb. As a seasoned animation fan might have guessed, the 2 ultimately find yourself falling head over heels for each other. Nonetheless, as one can also deduce—not the whole lot is sunshine and roses. Ultimately, the principle character faces the trial of his lifetime, solely to be saved by their youngsters. 

For the creator of the story, Joe Mateo, the story hits near residence. Earlier than creating the film, he misplaced his spouse to breast most cancers. Just like the protagonist and the alien within the story, he felt as if his spouse had actually saved him. When he misplaced her, he felt breathless – like he was on an alien planet with out oxygen. He made clear decisions to symbolize his spouse within the film, together with making the alien pink (the colour of breast most cancers consciousness). ‘Blush’ made a splash on Apple TV+, paving the best way for the subsequent launch within the Skydance Animation household. 

‘Luck’ got here out after ‘Blush’ within the Apple TV+ deal. Skydance Animation initially signed an unprecedented cope with Paramount to supply a set variety of animated movies beneath their deal. Nonetheless, that deal ultimately transferred to and expanded with Apple TV+. Now, Apple TV+ has unique streaming rights to Skydance’s next few animated options, together with ‘Spellbound’ and ‘Luck.’ 

‘Luck’ revolves across the story of Sam (voiced by Miss Saigon’s Eva Noblezada), a former foster baby who “aged out” of the system. After turning 18, she determined to attempt her hand at life on her personal – and, as you’ll have guessed, she initially didn’t have an excessive amount of luck. Between waking up late for the primary day of a job, burning breakfast, and much more vital points (not discovering her “forever home”), she is satisfied that she is the unluckiest woman on this planet.

That’s, till at some point when she finds a curious-looking penny beneath the rump of a black cat. This penny brings her good luck till she ultimately loses it in some of the comical methods possible. After dropping it, she finds the black cat from whence the penny got here and follows it to the Land of Luck, the place all the nice and unhealthy luck on this planet is created. Sadly for the parents within the Land of Luck, Sam’s unhealthy luck is amplified there and threatens to throw off the smooth-running operations of the Land of Luck – and all of the Luck within the human world, too.

The characters should work collectively to get Sam out of the Land of Luck earlier than additional catastrophes ensue. The solid of characters consists of Simon Pegg as Bob the fortunate black cat, Flula Borg as Jeff the Unicorn, Jane Fonda as The Luck Dragon (the CEO of Good Luck), Whoopi Goldberg (the safety officer), and much more award-winning actors and actresses. 

‘Luck’ was a primary for the corporate and the folks concerned on many ends. In addition to being the primary full-length animated characteristic launched beneath Skydance Animation, it was the primary animated characteristic position for award-winning actress Jane Fonda. The solid additionally needed to navigate a primary for a lot of actors and actresses throughout the board – appearing and receiving path from residence studios on account of COVID. Though the pandemic pushed off the film’s launch (initially slated for early 2022), it didn’t fully set the film again. Its launch on August 5th of this yr noticed good viewership and was a success among the many youthful crowds. This was thrilling information on the heels of one of many solely streaming-only contracts within the feature-length animation enterprise.

If ‘Luck’’s launch says something in regards to the firm’s future, it’s trying good. At an unprecedented time in historical past, taking an opportunity on a streaming-only deal was a shot at midnight. It was one thing no manufacturing firm of its kind had ever confronted earlier than, so there was no technique to foretell how its first full-length characteristic movie would possibly go. Nonetheless, with the commonly constructive reception of ‘Luck’ beneath its belt, the sky is the restrict for ‘Spellbound.’

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