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"It's up to us to protect our home… Sometimes you gotta face your fear to get to the other side." A few days ago, we featured the new theatrical trailer for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, and now we have another one with even more footage. This trailer is the Australian version and features lots of new footage in the first half, presenting the entire story with the correct narrative in the film - starting with his family, then his adventure after the storm, meeting Spot, and eventually the T-Rexes. It's essentially a story about a boy and his dog, except the "dog" in this case is the human, and Arlo the apatosaurus is the "boy". It looks fantastic.
Anyone who needs to brush up on their Edgar Allen Poe should take a look at this film when it hits theaters. Extraordinary Tales is an animated anthology horror film telling five Edgar Allen Poe stories each by a different animator and with a different narrator. I wasn't expecting that all of the animation would look this good, but it does look good, and it's interesting to see all the unique styles used in the different stories. The outstanding set of narrators includes Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman and Guillermo del Toro. I'm curious to check this out, it looks like it might be fun to watch around Halloween.
Meet the next, new Disney princess - Moana! Yes, that's how they're billing her already as revealed in People today, with a first look at the character as animated in the Moana movie and an introduction to the young 14-year-old Hawaiian actress voicing her - Auli'i Cravalho. This is Disney's 56th animated feature film, being directed by renowned filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), coming to theaters late in 2016. This is the big reveal about the actress voicing the character, and they even include a video of her being told she's getting the gig. To save you time, there's no footage in the video, the first look sketches + image below are the most there is for now. We'll keep an eye out for any more updates.
"Creating animation means creating a fictional world. That world soothes the spirit of those who are disheartened and exhausted from dealing with the sharp edges of reality." Time for another stunning look at the work of Hayao Miyazaki in a 16-minute tribute video about "The Essence of Humanity" in his films. Made by Lewis Bond, the same guy behind Channel Criswell who also made the Colour in Storytelling video, it's an extensive look at Miyazaki's focus on the emotional intricacies of his subjects, and storytelling in his films. He even explores some of his history, referencing how the Russian animated film The Snow Queen (1957) first showed the potential of human emotion in animation. This is a good one - take a watch.
"We're going to be working on managing our anger through movement!" Oh boy, here we go. Have you ever sat there and wondered - why are all the angry birds so angry? No, you haven't? That isn't the most pressing question going through your mind every single day? Well, too bad, because next summer Sony is going to release The Angry Birds Movie, a CG-animated movie about the Angry Birds the finally answers the question of "why are the birds so angry?" And a few other stories, too. The voice cast in this includes Jason Sudeikis as Red, along with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and others. This is pretty much following in the Minions' footsteps, but with Angry Birds instead.
"Okay Snoopy - let's do this!" 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Animation have debuted the newest official trailer for The Peanuts Movie, one final push before this movie hits theaters in just over two months. The Peanuts Movie brings all your favorite Charles Schulz characters to the big screen: Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Pig-Pen and Patty. I love the animation style on this, it looks like a sleek mix of classic old school cartoons and new school computer animation, and it fits this story so well. Plus, this looks like so much fun. You won't stop smiling during this! Take one last look below.
As a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman has crafted some of the best and weirdest cinematic mind trips imaginable. Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are among his best but his work in the director's chair has taken his writing to another level. Synecdoche, New York is a work of soul-searching genius and his latest Anomalisa continues to cement Charlie Kaufman's reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers working today. Originally conceived by Kaufman as a short play to debut in composer Carter Burwell's "Theater of a New Ear," the idea to translate the material to the screen quickly became an option but with a twist.
"What are we looking at here, Mr. Mansley?" A brand new trailer has just landed online for the upcoming re-mastered and extended re-release of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. We've already heard about this before, as the beloved animated classic will get a small theatrical re-release before it also hits VOD this October. Brad Bird has been hyping it up showing off life-size Iron Giant statues as well as mini-maquettes soon to be on sale. This new trailer doesn't feature too much new footage, but it is a very nice edit that makes this look like so much more than just a cartoon. A great trailer for a wonderful movie.
"Enjoy your stay in hell!" Freestyle Releasing has debuted a R-rated trailer for the R-rated stop-motion movie Hell & Back, from the animation studio behind "Trip Tank" and "Robot Chicken" (two excellent animated shows). It's a goofy, foul-mouthed trip into the depths of hell, but it looks quite fun I must say. The ensemble voice cast includes Mila Kunis, T.J. Miller, Michael Peña, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Odenkirk and Danny McBride. I'm not sure if they were riffing jokes that got worked into the animation, or if it was all scripted, but some parts are funny, other moments are not. The animation looks great, and I'm just impressed they actually made a brand new R-rated stop-motion movie. Have fun!
"Trees and people used to be good friends." Something to warm your heart today, a video tribute to the legendary animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Vimeo user "dono" has posted his video tribute (found via One Perfect Shot) that looks back at many of the characters and movies that Miyazaki has brought us. I am a huge Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli fan myself, and I'm always happy to bring some extra attention to their work, especially everything they've made before (considering they're not really making any new films at the moment). I like the way this tribute brings together so many of the memorable characters from Miyazaki's movies. My favorite film is still Castle in the Sky, and Totoro, but this entire tribute makes me smile. Enjoy.
"T-Rex doesn't want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can't just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct." At the D23 Expo, Pixar unveiled a closer look at the three T-Rex from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur movie, due in theaters this November. According to Pixar, in the film an Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears and these three T-Rexes. The three of them are named: Butch - a tough T-Rex voiced by Sam Elliott, who has "the perfect voice for a T-Rex"; Ramsey - Butch's daughter, voiced by Anna Paquin, described as a firecracker; Nash - Butch's son, voiced by AJ Buckley with a "charming drawl." See below.
Get ready for a master class in stop-motion animation taught by Christopher Nolan. After announcing that Nolan's new short documentary about American animators the Quay Brothers would be premiering in New York City this August, Zeitgeist Films has followed up with a 11-city tour. The screening series will stop at various locations in North America, showing three Quay Brothers films plus Nolan's new doc in 35mm. Along with the news that it might be coming your way sooner than you thought (though everything will be available on Blu-ray this fall), the first teaser trailer has debuted and it's a quick introduction to the Quay Brothers and their animation. This looks like it may be worth your time and money to see in cinemas.
He's back! The official announcement just hit in time to kick off Comic-Con 2015. Brad Bird's beloved animated classic The Iron Giant, first released in 1999, will be re-released in theaters on September 30th. The movie is being "remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes as The Iron Giant: Signature Edition," which will get released on Blu-ray in the fall after it hits theaters. The in-theater event will be a limited screening, happening once on September 30th, again on October 4th, will be organized by Fathom Events where you can get tickets and theater info. For Iron Giant fans of all ages, this is very exiting news.
"I hope you find your son…" He's back! DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have premiered the first teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3, the next sequel in the Kung Fu Panda series started in 2008. Jack Black returns to voice Po, the chubby panda who became a Kung Fu master. This time he encounters his long-lost father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, and ends up teaming with him to take on another villain - Kai, voiced by J.K. Simmons. This teaser is an early reminder that this movie is coming, without much footage beyond one introductory scene where we get to meet Po's father. I'm a very big fan of the first Kung Fu Panda, and I enjoyed the second one, I just really hope this third one hasn't lost its charm. Take a look.