Sony was one of many film distributors to test its technological capabilities with the creation of an animation division in the 2000s – see Fox’s adoption of Blue Sky Studios and the creation by Universal of lighting entertainment to name just two. The new division, aptly named Sony Pictures Animationdebuted in 2006 with the famous but very unpopular Open season and went on to release fourteen more animated feature films in the years that followed, earning over $4.7 billion at the global box office and winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for their 2018 release. . Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In this edition of Classwe take a look at the best and worst animated feature releases that Sony Pictures Animation has distributed and rank them based on quality as artwork while considering cultural impact and style. popular appeal.
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19. The Emoji Movie (2017)
Budget: $50 million
Worldwide box office: $217.8 million
Starring: TJ Miller, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Anna Faris, Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera
Described by Jacob Davis in his criticism for The cinema magazine as “bland, plain and simple”, Sony Pictures Animation hit rock bottom with its 2017 adaptation The Emoji Movie. Even as So bad it’s good Look, The Emoji Movie didn’t work, offering nothing entertaining enough to satisfy even that particular need. Jacob was right, “there is nothing pleasant about it”.
18. The Smurfs (2011)
Budget: $110 million
Worldwide box office: $563.8 million
Starring: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin
Sony Pictures Animation Smashed This Ill-Conceived Smurfs IP Reboot In The Same Year As The Infinitely Better Arthur Christmas probably to appease Sony shareholders who would certainly have been disappointed with what they were offering.
The Smurfs is fun for kids, sure, but not only does it lose all the heart of the original cartoons, it also rewrites some of the lore, adds unnecessary adult nods and winks, and is so bad that’s a stain on the company as a whole. Why they chose to chase after an audience with other versions of Smurfs is unknown, but at least they’ve gotten better from now on.
17. The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Budget: $105 million
Worldwide box office: $347.5 million
Starring: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Jayma Mays, Anton Yelchin
With The Smurfs 2Sony Pictures Animation was able to illustrate how they learned from some of the lessons of the first film by making something without the glaring issues of their 2011 release. Unfortunately, that meant bowing to the more innocuous and bland aspects of the original they could imagine, The Smurfs 2 being the Coldplay of the studio’s filmography, only less popular.
16. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)
Budget: $35 million
Worldwide box office: $93.3 million
Starring: Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong
Despite a relatively positive start with Goose bumps in 2015, the franchise suffered a decline in appeal for its sequel haunted halloween which lacked the same level of on-screen chemistry (notably a lack of Jack Black) and the same inspiration behind the camera. haunted halloween wasn’t great, and considering the issues it had in development to bring back the director and star of the original for a second run, it’s easy to see why. Even so, the fate-critical project still managed to more than double its $35 million budget to earn over $93 million worldwide, making a third release likely, even if it may. be broadcast directly on personal video.