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Legendary animated filmmaker John Lasseter of Disney and Pixar fame is now working with up-and-coming computer-animated production company Skydance Animation to produce funny, engaging, and witty movies that are great for the whole family. Read more about what’s next for John Lasseter and Skydance Animation below.
Spellbound is a new feature-length computer-animated fantasy musical by John Lasseter and Skydance Studios. In the film, a young Black girl–Princess Elian–must destroy a powerful curse that threatens to split her kingdom in half. If the curse is cast, half of Elian’s kingdom will be bathed in light and the other half plunged into darkness and despair as these forces battle each other to take over the land.
Spellbound has an all-star voiceover cast including Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow, Javier Bardem, Rachel Zegler, Jenifer Lewis, and Nathan Lane. Kidman voices the type-A but kind Ellesmere, Queen of Lumbria, while Bardem lends his talents to King Solon, the queen’s big-hearted but proud husband.
Blush is another otherworldly animated short produced by John Lasseter and Skydance Animation. In this short, a horticulturist-turned-astronaut finds himself stranded on a dwarf planet when a bright pink UFO nearly crash-lands on him. This strange but beautiful visitor and the astronaut build a life together, learning about love and salvation along the way.
Blush initially appeared at a screening for the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2022 as part of a selection of short films curated by the legendary Whoopi Goldberg.
Where To Watch Blush
John Lasseter & Skydance Animation’s First Film Luck
John Lasseter’s first animated film with Skydance Animation was Luck, a movie about a woman named Sam Greenfield who seems to be the unluckiest person in the entire world. When Sam finds a lucky penny that turns out to belong to a talking cat that leads her to a magical place called the Land of Luck, hilarious hijinks and excitement ensue.
Luck’s A-list cast includes the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Fonda, Simon Pegg, Eva Noblezada, Flula Borg, and many more.
Where To Watch Luck
About Skydance Animation
Skydance Animation is a relatively new computer animation production company that was only established five years ago. Its parent company, Skydance Productions, has been in the industry for just 20 years. On the other hand, Disney has been around for 98 years and Pixar has been in existence since 1986.
In this short amount of time, Skydance has already managed to secure top talent like John Lasseter, David Ellison, Don Granger, Marcy Ross, and Dana Goldberg. When Skydance made an equity deal with production companies CJ Entertainment and RedBird, it was estimated to have a net worth of $2.3 billion.
Skydance aims to bring fun, exciting animated films to the public independently of major animated film companies like Disney and Pixar that seem to dominate the industry.
About John Lasseter
John Lasseter is the creative genius behind some of the most beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Cars, Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life, and so many more. Originally inspired by Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, which was produced in the late 1930s, Lasseter attended and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts intending to become a popular animator. Needless to say, it’s clear that this goal was accomplished and many look forward to what’s to come for John and Skydance Animation.