Warner Bros. has a long and rich history in the field of animation, and it is looking to build on that past in 2013 and beyond.
The studio who brought us Bugs Bunny and Looney Toons has revealed its plans for the next phase of its animation business, and will call on some Hollywood heavyweights to help it move ahead.
Variety reports that the studio will assemble a cabal of filmmakers – including John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Jared Sterm -- to help usher the studio toward an animation renaissance. The group’s pedigree includes titles like The Muppets, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Mr. Popper’s Penguins amongst others.
Warner President Jeff Robinov says the collective will work both individually and as a team to help shepherd the studio’s new animation ventures through the system while still working on its live-action projects. Robinov breaks it down in the following quote:
“Warner Bros. has an extraordinary legacy in the world of animation, including some of the most enduring characters in cinema history. Looking to the future, we have now gathered some of the best and brightest talents in the industry to help us grow and broaden that legacy. Drawing upon their imaginations and inspiration, the studio will produce a slate of new and original animated films that are sure to delight audiences of all ages."
The goal is to release one “prestige” animated feature per year, beginning with 2014’s The Lego Movie, then launching Storks in 2015, to be followed by Smallfoot the year after.