Sony is nipping at the heels of Pixar and Dreamworks (and even Fox with their never-ending Ice Age franchise) when it comes to animated fare, but they are ramping up production on a handful of new projects that show they are serious about the medium too.
Two follow-ups to existing successful films and one original animated feature are on the docket. The original feature, which you have a glimpse of up above, has a tentative title of Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine? Genny Tartakovsky is certainly in demand over there. He directed Hotel Transylvania and will also direct the sequel to that film, as well as a new version of Popeye for the studio.
Can You Imagine? is described as "a fantastic journey through one boy's imagination." Sounds kind of like Pixar's Inside Out, doesn't it?
The other follow-up will be a Smurfs prequel, which we first reported last month. Kelly Asbury is directing the entirely animated film – unlike the first two, which had human actors interacting with CGI critters – which "aims to explore the origin of the internationally loved blue creatures."
All three films will be released over the next two to three years.