Wonder Park is a 1994 American hand-drawn animated film directed by Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells and Rob Minkoff. TBA.
The film features the voices of Samantha Mathis, Robin Williams, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers, Nathan Lane, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA.
The film is one of Paramount Feature Animation/Paramount Animation's first animated films to entirely use digital ink and paint and is also notable for being the third animated film to have pop culture-themed references and humor (following Don Bluth's Rock-a-Doodle and Walt Disney Pictures' Aladdin).
Wonder Park is one of the last four animated films to have Games Anderson and William Anderson to be involved before their retirements in the same year, along with selling their studio to Bloo J, Matt Chaudhary, Stephen Hillenburg, and John Kricfalusi.
Wonder Park was released on December 18, 1994. It was a critical and commercial success from critics who praised the film for its music, story, animation, and characters. With an initial worldwide gross of $404 million. It finished its theatrical run as the third highest-grossing release of 1994, as well as one of the best-selling film on home video, having sold over 25 million VHS tapes worldwide. The film was reissued in theaters in 3D in 2014.
Wonder Park was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing as well as the very first nomination for Best Animated Feature but lost to The Lion King (1994) at 1995's annual Academy Awards.
June, an optimistic, imaginative girl discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals, only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she's the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland.
The film begins with TBA.
- Samantha Mathis as June, an optimistic, imaginative girl who created Wonderland.
- Anndi McAfee as Young June
- Jodi Benson as June's mother
- Matthew Broderick as June's father
- Leslie Nielsen as June's grandfather
- Anne Francis as June's grandmother
- David Ogden Stiers as Steve, a porcupine who is the safety officer of Wonderland
- Mila Kunis as Greta, a wild boar who is Steve's love interest
- Nathan Lane as Gus, a beaver who is Cooper's brother
- Jim Cummings as Cooper, a beaver who is Gus' brother
- Robin Williams as Peanut, a chimpanzee who acts as Wonderland's main mascot and ride creator.
- Wallace Shawn as Boomer, a narcoleptic blue bear who welcomes the visitors to Wonderland
- TBA as Banky, June's best friend
- John Candy as Uncle Tony (final film role for John Candy)
- TBA as Aunt Albertine
- Tress MacNeille as Bus Counselor Shanno
In the 1970s, Games Anderson and William Anderson became aware of the theatrical animated short A Wonderful Adventure created by Ean Manley. The Anderson Brothers and the creator of the short Ean Manley were in talks to produce an animated film adaptation of the short. However, there was no reply from Ean Manley for producing the film because he was busy working on Plum Landing. It wasn't until in 1990, where the Anderson Brothers met Bloo J (who was just started his animation career in the 1970s) and Matt Chaudhary at TBA, to make a fully animated feature film under at Games Animation, Inc. studio in California, USA and Amblimation animation studio in London, UK. The Anderson Brothers then made a partnership with them for producing the film after telling their initial plans to adapt it, Bloo J accepted since he has been a fan of Paramount's animated films for a long time (since he got the job in 1982).
Digital ink and paint
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In 1995, an animated series based on the movie was released by Nelvana, Amblin Television, and Games Animation, Inc. which aired on Nickelodeon until 2002.
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In August 2017, Paramount Pictures announced that a live-action remake of the film was in the works, with Tim Burton and Jon Favreau directing and TBA writing.