Animation Buzz: Robert Rodriguez to Direct Uglydoll Movie; See the First 'Ferdinand' Trailer

Animation Buzz: Robert Rodriguez to Direct Uglydoll Movie; See the First 'Ferdinand' Trailer

Mar 28, 2017

Bring out your inner child with this roundup of animation goodies:

 

Robert Rodriguez to Direct Uglydolls

Making a return to kid-friendly fare, Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez is going to turn the Uglydoll toys into an animated feature, according to Deadline. Plans have been in the works for years to bring the plush monsters to the big screen for their own movie, though they're no strangers to the cinema. Since their launch in 2001, Uglydoll toys have appeared as props in Zathura, EnchantedThe Smurfs and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, some of them even coming to life in the last of them. This will still be STX Entertainment's first foray into family films and is due in theaters on May 10, 2019.  

 

Eddie Murphy Returns to Animation 

Following the Uglydoll movie, STK Entertainment has something about a character named Bo the Bull in the works. The untitled animated feature is presumably about a bull, but maybe it's a bull terrier. The important thing, as reported by Deadline, is that Eddie Murphy is returning to animation to lend his voice to the project. In this arena, he's best known as the voice of Donkey in the Shrek franchise, and before that he was Mushu in Disney's Mulan

 

Ferdinand Trailer

Speaking of bulls, one of the most famous and beloved among them is heading to theaters this year. Based on the iconic children's book The Story of Ferdinand (previously turned into a Disney animated short in 1938), the abridged-titled Ferdinand stars the voice of John Cena as the bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in the ring. Hear the rest of the voice cast, including Kate McKinnon, Daveed Diggs and Gina Rodriguez in the new trailer from Blue Sky Studios below.

 

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