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SNEAKS 2008 : Animation

Looking ahead, categorically

Laughs, chills, animation, musicals. There's plenty of action, high adventure, romance. Let the previews begin.

January 13, 2008

Bolt

A canine TV superhero doesn't realize his superpowers aren't real when he embarks on a cross-country trek accompanied by a jaded house cat and a hamster. John Travolta and Susie Essman lend their voices. Directed by Chris Williams. Walt Disney Pictures, Nov. 26.

Chicago 10

Writer-director Brett Morgen contrasts volatile documentary footage of protesters and police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention with 3-D animated re-creations of the infamous trial that followed. Voices by Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte, Roy Scheider, Mark Ruffalo, Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Liev Schreiber. Roadside Attractions, Feb. 29.

Coraline

Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") wrote and directed this 3-D stop-motion adventure based on the book by Neil Gaiman about a young girl who discovers an alternative world through a secret door in her new home. With the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ian McShane. Focus Features, TBA.

Fly Me to the Moon

Three ambitious flies aim to be the first lunar insects by hitching an unauthorized ride on Apollo 11. With the voices of Trevor Gagnon, Philip Daniel Bolden, David Gore, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Ed Begley Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Tim Curry, Robert Patrick and Buzz Aldrin. Written by Domonic Paris. Directed by Ben Stassen. Summit Entertainment, Aug. 22.

Kung Fu Panda

A pudgy little black-and-white bear studies with martial arts masters to achieve his kung fu fighting dreams. With the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim and Dan Fogler. Directed by John Stevenson, Mark Osborne. Also opening in IMAX. DreamWorks Animation SKG, distributed by Paramount Pictures, June 6.

Madagascar: The Crate Escape

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith reprise their voice roles as Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo, who attempt to get off the island and wind up on the inhospitable plains of continental Africa. With Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter. Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath. DreamWorks Animation SKG, distributed by Paramount Pictures, Nov. 7.

Space Chimps

Simian astronauts aid the inhabitants of a distant planet and must figure out how to return to Earth. With voices of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Kenan Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Patrick Warburton. Written and directed by Kirk De Micco. 20th Century Fox, July 18.

The Tale of Despereaux

The adventures of an iconoclastic mouse and an outcast rat seeking to prove to a gloomy kingdom that they are much more than they appear. Directed by Sam Fell. Written by Gary Ross, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo. Voices include Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane, Ciaran Hinds, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Christopher Lloyd, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Tracey Ullman, Emma Watson and Sigourney Weaver. Universal Pictures, Dec. 19.

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