Skydance Studios made its foray into the world of animation with the release of “Luck,” marking a significant milestone for the studio. This venture also marked the inaugural animated film produced by Skydance Animations under the leadership of John Lasseter, the former head of Disney/Pixar Animations. Appointed to lead Skydance Animation in 2019, Lasseter, known for his storytelling prowess evident in classics like “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Frozen,” “Finding Nemo,” and more, has embarked on a new chapter in animation collaboration with Paramount Animation and Ilion Animation Studios.
Despite being a relatively new player, Skydance Animation has carved a niche for itself, specializing in imaginative and distinctive projects. The studio has attracted notable talents, propelling it into the league of major players in animation. Although not yet reaching the status of industry giants like Disney and Pixar, Skydance Animation is diligently working towards producing quality animations that will endure through the ages.
Under the directorship of John Lasseter, Skydance Animation serves as a hub for the most talented and creative minds in animation to collaborate and express their creativity to the fullest. With a rich portfolio and two Academy Awards for his contributions to Pixar’s success, Lasseter brings his passion for storytelling to Skydance Animation. The studio is actively engaged in producing innovative stories in the form of shorts, features, and television shows.
“Spellbound,” originally titled ‘The Unbreakable Spell,’ is an upcoming animated feature musical from Skydance Animation. Following the success of Disney’s “Frozen,” also produced by Lasseter, there is great anticipation surrounding the release of “Spellbound.” Initially rumored for a November 11, 2022 release, the movie has reportedly been delayed until 2024, with a shift from Apple TV+ to Netflix for its premiere.
Earlier in 2022, Skydance Animation signed a licensing agreement with Spin Master, a prominent toy company, giving rise to a line of toys based on characters from “Spellbound.”
With a cast featuring Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, “Spellbound” is poised to be Skydance Animation’s next significant success. The plot, shrouded in mystery much like its predecessor “Luck,” centers around a fantasy realm threatened by the powers of light and dark. Princess Eileen, portrayed by Rachel Zegler, must use her magical abilities to prevent the kingdom from succumbing to eternal darkness.
Directed by Vicky Jenson and produced by David Lipman, with executive producers including John Lasseter, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg, “Spellbound” boasts an impressive creative team. The script was crafted by Linda Woolverton, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin, while the renowned Alan Menken and Glenn Slater contribute to the score and original melodies.
Recent releases from Skydance Animation include “Blush,” an animated short film that debuted on Apple TV+, and the full-length animated feature “Luck,” which received mixed reviews but solidified Skydance Animation’s presence in the family entertainment realm.