Partnership with ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Magazine Puts Spotlighton First Decade of Productions; Screenings include Filmmaker Reunions,Rare Footage and Giveaways
Culver City, CA, August 27, 2012 - The 10th anniversary celebration of Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) continues with a five-week series of special screenings featuring SPA's beloved collection of animated and hybrid films, as well as reunions with filmmakers participating in Q & As following each screening, rare footage/materials from the SPA archives and giveaways. The series, which will culminate with an exclusive screening of the highly-anticipated comedy Hotel Transylvania, in theaters September 28, was announced today by Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation.
Held in conjunction with ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Magazine, the screenings will commence Wednesday, September 5 with the spotlight on SPA's 2006 inaugural film, Open Season. Ensuing weekly Thursday presentations on the Sony Pictures Animation campus will feature the Academy Award® nominated Surf's Up, the blockbuster hit Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and last summer's international smash The Smurfs®. The series will conclude with a screening of Hotel Transylvania during the Saturday of the film's opening weekend of release.
Enhancing each film exhibition will be unique offerings of rarely- or never-before-seen footage and materials from SPA's first decade, and presented in coordination with panel discussions led by directors, producers and key crew members from each individual film. The exclusive weekly events will be moderated by respected animation experts, and the proceedings will be filmed and documented for sharing across the social media channels of Sony Pictures Animation, ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Magazine.
The series' initial four screenings will be hosted in Sony Pictures Animation's revered Ray Harryhausen Theater, which will feature intimate exhibitions of SPA artwork in and around its facilities. Tickets for these one-time events will be primarily made available to members of ASIFA-Hollywood and through giveaways via Animation Magazine.
The current slate of films, and filmmaking panel participants (pending professional availability) for the Sony Pictures Animation Special Screening Series, goes as follows:
Sony Pictures Animation celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012 with a robust slate of upcoming films. Following Hotel Transylvania on September 28, 2012, SPA will welcome the July 2013 release of The Smurfs 2, the follow-up to the 2012 global sensation. Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers, a sequel to Sony Pictures Animation's popular animated blockbuster, will reach theatres worldwide in February 2014. Also now in development are the aforementioned Popeye, based on the King Features comic strip "Popeye," being directed by Tartakovsky with the screenplay by Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs). Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-ManTM) and Ari Arad (Iron Man) executive producing; Kazorn and the Unicorn, with Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) at the helm and co-directed by Troy Quane. Lloyd Taylor is writing the screenplay. Sam Raimi and Joshua Donen are executive producing; and the hybrid live-action/CG feature Secret Histories, written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson of the Gotham Groupwith Greg Little.
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, wheremonsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are withouthumans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some ofthe world's most famous monsters - Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy,the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more - to celebrate his daughterMavis' 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters isno problem - but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbleson the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis. Directed by GenndyTartakovsky. Produced by Michelle Murdocca. Screenplay by Peter Baynhamand Robert Smigel. Story by Todd Durham and Daniel Hageman & KevinHageman.