Sony Pictures Animation to Produce Emoji Film

Sony Pictures Animation has successfully outbid two major Hollywood studios to win the commercial rights to produce an animated movie based on Emojis. According to Deadline, the project will be written by Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis with the latter also opting for a director’s role. Sony believes they can capture the silly, social essence of Emoji icons and make a family-friendly comedy. I’m not entirely sure how this is possible considering each Emoji represents an emotion. Surely for each character to have any emotional resonance, they have to change into another Emoji.

Despite being a completely absurd concept, it could become a runaway success as Emojis are more ingrained into popular culture. Personally, I’ve seen children sporting Emoji soft toys so there’s no reason why the film shouldn’t be a financially prudent endeavor. It does seem bizarre though and I’m guessing a lot of people will think this is an idiotic move. However, I never saw the appeal of other cult hits such as the Angry Bird franchise. Similarly, Flappy Bird, an absolutely terrible game became a surprise success and made the developer an obscene amount of money.

I do wonder the age bracket for people using Emojis on a regular basis. It’s probably much older than we think because emotions are deemed as verbal fillers and integrated into modern communication. How often do you use emotions or Emojis?

Thank you Deadline for providing us with this information.

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Facebook Bans ‘Feeling Fat’?

Facebook users know that you can post a vast number of activities on your timeline, from what you are doing, like watching a certain movie, to how you are feeling at a moment in time. But have you ever wanted to post that you are feeling a bit ‘fat-ish’ after a big meal?

Well, whether you were aware of the ‘feeling fat’ emoji or not, Facebook has recently banned it after a number of complaints. It is said that the rosy-cheeked, double-chinned emoticon got banned after activists started a petition against it for its negative impact it might have for those struggling with eating disorders and general issues regarding body weight.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information