Rick Moranis to return to big screen for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and g…

Rick Moranis is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel.

The 66-year-old played Wayne Szalinski in the much-loved 1989 original, with the plot following the crackpot scientist as he accidentally shrinks his children and goes on an adventure to bring them back to regular size.

The movie spawned two sequels, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid in 1992, and the straight-to-video Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! back in 1997.

However, editors at Deadline have now reported that Moranis has been confirmed to return to the franchise. In Disney’s new film, simply called Shrunk, Josh Gad will play Szalinski’s son – with the flick to follow the character’s attempts to be a successful scientist like his father.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids director Joe Johnston is returning to helm the sequel, with Todd Rosenberg writing the script.

Gad took to Instagram to share his excitement over Moranis’s casting and claimed he had been keeping the news quiet for “quite a while”.

“To say it is a dream come true to once again see Rick Moranis on the big screen is the understatement of the decade. But to say, I get an up seat view of him returning to play one of his most iconic roles is the understatement of the Century. It’s Shrinking time. Welcome back hero! #Shrunk,” he wrote.

The Canadian comedian shot to fame in 1984 when he played Louis Tulley in Ghostbusters, and went on to star in Brewster’s Millions, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters II, and The Flintstones.

Moranis semi-retired in 1997 to focus on his family after his wife passed away, but voiced characters in Disney’s Brother Bear movies and animated sitcom Bob & Doug. He also had a cameo in U.S. sitcom The Goldbergs in 2018.

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Klaus beats out Frozen II and Toy Story 4 for top animation prize

Netflix’s festive film Klaus was the big winner at the 47th annual Annie Awards on Saturday, taking home seven honours, including Best Animated Feature.The movie, the streaming service’s first original animated feature, beat out Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, …

Netflix’s festive film Klaus was the big winner at the 47th annual Annie Awards on Saturday, taking home seven honours, including Best Animated Feature.

The movie, the streaming service’s first original animated feature, beat out Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World to dominate the ceremony and leave the Oscars’ animation category wide open.

Director and co-writer Sergio Pablos’s film about a hapless and lazy postal worker, who stumbles upon an idea to give children gifts at Christmas, won every category in which it was nominated, including direction, editing, storyboarding, production design, character animation, and character design.

French animated drama fantasy film I Lost My Body, which was acquired by Netflix following its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, won the Best Animated Feature – Independent prize.

There was also a big win for Josh Gad, who won the Voice Performance honour for his role as Frozen II snowman Olaf.

The 2020 ceremony was dedicated to animator Richard Williams, who died in August.

The main list of winners is:

Best Animated Feature: Klaus

Best Animated Feature – Independent: I Lost My Body

Best Animated Special Production: How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming

Best Animated Short Subject: Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days

Best Animated Television/Media Production For Children: Disney Mickey Mouse

Best General Audience Animated Television/Media Production: BoJack Horseman

Best Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots

Best Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production: Frozen II

Best Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production: His Dark Materials – Aulo Licinio (Character: lorek)

Best Character Animation In An Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Sergio Martins (Character: Alva)

Best Character Animation in a Live Action Production: Avengers: Endgame

Best Character Design in an Animated Television/Media Production: Carmen Sandiego (Keiko Murayama)

Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus (Torsten Schrank)

Best Directing in an Animated Television/Media Production: Disney Mickey Mouse – Alonso Ramirez Ramos

Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Sergio Pablos

Best Music in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots – Rob Cairns

Best Music in an Animated Feature Production: I Lost My Body – Dan Levy

Best Production Design in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots – Alberto Mielgo

Best Production Design In An Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Szymon Biernacki, Marcin Jakubowski

Best Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Media Production: Carmen Sandiego – Kenny Park

Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Sergio Pablos

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Media Production: Bob’s Burgers – H. Jon Benjamin (Character: Bob)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: Frozen II – Josh Gad (Character: Olaf)

Best Writing in an Animated Television/Media Production: Tuca & Bertie – Shauna McGarry

Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production: I Lost My Body – Jeremy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant

Best Editorial in an Animated Television/Media Production: Love, Death & Robots – Bo Juhl, Stacy Auckland, Valerian Zamel

Best Editorial in an Animated Feature Production: Klaus – Pablo Garcia Revert

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Frozen II becomes highest-grossing animated movie ever

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Bro…

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown, was released back in November last year.

Now, the film has been crowned the biggest animated movie ever, raking in $1.32 billion (£1 billion) at the global box office, and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, overtaking 2013’s Frozen, which made $1.28 billion (£973 million).

Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck were told the news during the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday, and revealed their surprise at the huge milestone.

“We just found out,” Jennifer told Variety. “I’m really excited. I think we’re always surprised.”

And when quizzed about the possibility of Frozen 3, Chris joked: “We’re going to skip three and go right to four.”

Disney movies dominate the biggest animated films of all time list, with Frozen II, Frozen, and 2018’s Incredibles 2, which took $1.24 billion (£942 million) globally, taking the top three spots.

Frozen II was also the studio’s sixth release in 2019 to reach $1 billion (£760 million) in ticket sales, joining the likes of Toy Story 4, Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Aladdin, Captain Marvel, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King reboot, and Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time, raking in more than $2.7 billion (£2 billion).

And according to Variety, Disney’s last release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is also on course to become the studio’s seventh billion-dollar movie of last year.

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Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen II is better than the first film’

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves …

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.

The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves the original, famous for the song Let It Go, she prefers the plot of the second and the sequel’s biggest tune Into the Unknown.

“I would just go on the record saying I think that this film is better than the first. I do, I love it, you know? I just, I love it. I love Let It Go, obviously; it’s one of the great gifts of my life to have this song and this character in my life and what it represents and how it’s allowed me to connect with audiences all over the world. It’s changed my life,” the 48-year-old commented. “But I actually really enjoy – except for the really high note that’s going to give me problems on a day where I have a cold – I’ve loved singing Into the Unknown. It makes me wanna cry, it gives me goosebumps when I listen to the underscore of it, the rolling bassline and the rhythm and everything. I just love it.”

As for the inspiration for the film’s songs, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Idina added that she’s always been a big fan of the couple because they put the story first.

“It wasn’t about trying to write another big hooky melody,” she explained. “They wanted to make sure that this furthered the story properly and that they deepened and enriched these characters and helped them evolve into the young women that they are. So, they always come from story first, which is why I think then that they are so successful.”

Frozen II, also featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina, is in cinemas now.

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Josh Gad pitched LeFou’s controversial Beauty and the Beast moment

Josh Gad suggested having his character LeFou dance with a man at the end of Beauty and the Beast.Before the live-action musical remake was released in 2017, director Bill Condon revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to Luke Evans’s…

Josh Gad suggested having his character LeFou dance with a man at the end of Beauty and the Beast.

Before the live-action musical remake was released in 2017, director Bill Condon revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to Luke Evans’s antagonist Gaston, would be Disney’s first-ever LGBTQ character and his storyline would conclude with a “nice, exclusively gay moment”.

In response, the conservative group The American Family Association called for a boycott of the movie, while the owners of a cinema in Alabama decided not to show it.

Speaking on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show Radio Andy on Monday, the Frozen actor revealed he came up with the idea to have LeFou dance with another man during the finale.

“That became such a controversial thing, apparently, even though it was three seconds of screen time. We never put a spotlight on it. We never meant to put a spotlight on it. I think our director Bill Condon was very proud of the moment… I think the movie speaks for itself and the moment speaks for itself,” he said.

“It was my pitch, I really felt like that’s how I really wanted the movie to end. I was so amazed they let us do it. But again, we never meant to shine a spotlight on it, we wanted the audience to see it and take away what they would, and it became a conflated, weird controversy. When people realised what it was, everybody was like, ‘Oh this is silly.'”

Despite the controversy, Gad and his co-star Evans were proud of the response and he hopes there will be better LGBTQ representation in Disney films in the future.

“We were so proud of the response because, in light of that fact that so many people were like, ‘Blah, blah, blah,’ there were so many people who stood up and applauded that moment and were so excited about it,” the 38-year-old added. “I think that there is still lots more work to be done in equal representation, and I really hope that Disney keeps finding more ways to do that.”

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Josh Gad praises ‘amazing messaging’ for children in The Angry Birds Movie 2

Josh Gad returned for The Angry Birds Movie 2 because of the sequel’s “amazing message”.The animated sequel, based on the hugely popular mobile phone game, comes almost three years after the first film, The Angry Birds Movie, debuted in cinemas. …

Josh Gad returned for The Angry Birds Movie 2 because of the sequel’s “amazing message”.

The animated sequel, based on the hugely popular mobile phone game, comes almost three years after the first film, The Angry Birds Movie, debuted in cinemas.

And Gad, who voices yellow bird Chuck, said that he immediately signed up to return when he realised that the sequel was going to be something special.

“There’s no reason to do a sequel unless you’re going to try to top the original, and with this, it was immediately clear to me that there was a whole different approach,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea of frenemies uniting, when it was first pitched to me, was just so ingenious.

“The movie has some amazing messaging in it, not the least of which is overcoming differences with people you disagree with in order to find a common ground, which I think speaks to a lot of issues we’re dealing with right now.”

A number of Hollywood A-listers also make an appearance in the sequel, with Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones voicing the villainous purple bird Zeta.

“(She was) such inspired casting and brings such an unwieldy new energy to the film that disrupts everything in such a great way,” Gad gushed.

However, director Thurop Van Orman revealed that Jones unknowingly cast herself in the role a few years ago.

“She was on a talk show a few years ago, I don’t even remember which talk show, and she was like, ‘I’ve always wanted to be a villain, if anybody is listening I want to be a villain!'” he remembered. “So when we were looking at who to cast as a villain we were like, ‘Oh yeah, s**t, she would be amazing.'”

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Kristen Bell on Frozen 2: ‘Anna and Elsa have grown up’

Characters Anna and Elsa have “grown up” in Frozen 2, according to Kristen Bell.The first movie was released in 2013, and is still one of Disney’s biggest-ever hits, raking in more than $1.2 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated …

Characters Anna and Elsa have “grown up” in Frozen 2, according to Kristen Bell.

The first movie was released in 2013, and is still one of Disney’s biggest-ever hits, raking in more than $1.2 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

Fans clamoured for a sequel to the film, which also featured the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, and six years later, they’re finally getting their wish.

And Kristen, who voices Anna, recently explained that the movie will still appeal to the young girls and boys across the world who fell in love with the first film.

“It’ll still be appropriate for kids and kids will still love it, but these girls have grown up as well a little bit. I think the original fans of Frozen, who were little girls and now might not think it’s for them, will be pleasantly surprised,” she told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The Good Place star also revealed that writers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, who also directed the Oscar-winning original, needed time to find the story for the sequel.

“It is a story that we waited a long time (for) so that it would reveal itself to the creators. What is the next progression in these characters’ lives that needs to be told? Not just like, ‘What’s another storyline we could do?'” Kristen told ComicBook.com.

While the plot of Frozen 2 has been kept under wraps, the movie reportedly focuses on Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf, along with reindeer Sven, searching for the mysterious source of Elsa’s magic powers.

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Nicole Kidman’s daughters land voice roles in The Angry Birds Movie 2

Nicole Kidman’s two daughters have landed voice-acting roles in The Angry Birds Movie 2.The Oscar-winning actress shares Sunday Rose, 11, and Faith Margaret, eight, with her husband Keith Urban, and in the lead-up to the release of the new animated fil…

Nicole Kidman’s two daughters have landed voice-acting roles in The Angry Birds Movie 2.

The Oscar-winning actress shares Sunday Rose, 11, and Faith Margaret, eight, with her husband Keith Urban, and in the lead-up to the release of the new animated film in early August, bosses at Sony Pictures have announced that the pair voice baby birds Beatrice and Lily, known as hatchlings.

“The hatchlings are the baby birds that have stolen everyone’s hearts and have no intention of giving them back and can be seen in action in a sneak peek clip from the film,” a studio representative stated.

In addition, The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince, Viola Davis’s seven-year-old daughter Genesis Tennon, and Gal Gadot’s daughter Alma Varsano, also seven, voice three hatchlings.

The girls take on the parts of Zoe, Vivi and Sam Sam, respectively, with their characters embarking on their own epic story in the upcoming flick.

“Their role-playing-game-gone-wrong launches them on an adorable adventure that will charm and delight the world. No hatchling is too small to dream big!” they added.

Sunday and Faith recently made their TV debuts with appearances in two episodes of the second season of Big Little Lies, playing classmates of Nicole’s onscreen sons.

“There’s something wonderful about bringing your children to work and them seeing what you do and them being a part of it,” the 52-year-old said in an interview with Good Morning America in June.

The Moulin Rouge! star also has two adopted children, Isabella, 26, and Connor, 24, who she shares with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman, The Angry Birds Movie 2 also features the voices of Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Jones, Awkwafina, Danny McBride, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, JoJo Siwa, and Dove Cameron.

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Josh Gad signs up for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids reboot

Josh Gad has signed up for a reboot of the classic ’80s movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. According to editors at Slashfilm, the new project, tentatively titled Shrunk, is heading to cinemas. Beauty and the Beast star Josh, who also voiced snowman Ol…

Josh Gad has signed up for a reboot of the classic ’80s movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

According to editors at Slashfilm, the new project, tentatively titled Shrunk, is heading to cinemas.

Beauty and the Beast star Josh, who also voiced snowman Olaf in Frozen, is set to play an older version of Nick Szalinski, Wayne Szalinski’s son in the original 1989 film.

Directed by Joe Johnston, the original starred Rick Moranis as Wayne, an inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his neighbour’s children down to a minute size.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids grossed more than $222 million (£171 million) worldwide, and was the highest-grossing live-action Disney film at the time.

It spawned two subsequent sequels – 1992’s Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and 1997’s Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves – and later in the ‘90s, a TV series based on the original movie, that ran for three seasons.

Shrunk will reportedly continue in the vein of the previous films by using the same set-up, with Nick doing his own experiments with shrinking technology and ends up accidentally miniaturising his own children.

The studio is now looking for a director to move the feature from concept into reality, Den of Geek reports.

It’s not yet known if Rick will make an appearance in the reboot, after he mostly retired from acting following Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.

Disney has been planning to reboot or remake several of its older live-action movies for its forthcoming streaming platform, Disney+, including Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson’s Three Men and a Baby, and Steve Martin’s family comedy Father of the Bride.

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Josh Gad producing live-action The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Actor Josh Gad has signed on to produce a live-action version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has been tapped to pen the film, while Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who were nominated for an Academy Aw…

Actor Josh Gad has signed on to produce a live-action version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has been tapped to pen the film, while Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score for the 1996 animated version, will reunite to work on the music for the new movie.

It is unclear if the Frozen star will have a role in the film, but the 1996 animated take on Victor Hugo’s classic 19th century romance was directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and featured the voices of Tom Hulce as Quasimodo and Demi Moore as Esmeralda, alongside the likes of Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander, and David Ogden Stiers.

A production date has yet to be announced, but the film will join other live-action remakes from Disney, including Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp.

Meanwhile, Idris Elba is producing, directing, and starring in a modern version of the tale and he will also create original songs for its soundtrack. Elba’s adaptation will be released on Netflix.

“It’s incredibly daunting,” he previously told Empire magazine last year (18). “The film at the moment lives entirely in my brain. I’m very fortunate to have a classic tale to reinvent. So now it’s about how I execute it.

“I’m definitely taking on more than I’ve ever taken on in any other project, with the hats that I’m wearing. But, hey, that’s why I’m here. I’m an entertainer, right? I liken it to an athlete being asked to do a triathlon: ‘OK, show me what you really got’.”

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