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"Life doesn't give you seatbelts!" Warner Bros has debuted the new trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie that first premiered at Comic-Con during their Hall H presentation. This sequel to The LEGO Movie from 2014 focuses purely on Batman, obviously, and his various cohorts and associates. The voice cast includes Will Arnett returning as Batman / Bruce, as well as Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Michael Cera as Robin, and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker. The first trailer dropped a few months ago, but this one is much better with more jokes and a bit more action. This has the same feel as The LEGO Movie, and that's a good thing as they need to stick with what Lord & Miller came up with. Have fun.
"As soon as your out those doors, the gods kill our ass-ages." Sony has released one final red band trailer for Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, which premiered at SXSW and also played at Comic-Con this week. We've been featuring trailers and footage from this all summer, and thankfully it will be arriving in theaters in just a few weeks. The huge voice cast features Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, David Krumholtz and others. Ethan Anderton wrote on Twitter after the Comic-Con screening that it's "positively insane, raunchy to the max, and absolutely hilarious".
Adorable! Disney has released an international teaser trailer for the musical Moana, the latest from Disney Animation and co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Princess and the Frog). The trailer doesn't feature any dialogue, instead it shows an early scene from the film where a very young Moana learns that she has the power to control the ocean, specifically the water. I love the shot with the turtle swimming by. Auli'i Cravalho voices Princess Moana, and the rest of the cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo. If you want to see more footage, go back and watch the teaser trailer or wait until the next full-length trailer debuts - hopefully soon. Until then, enjoy.
This is an impressive little animated short film that should make you happy by the end. Drone is made by students from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland. Set in a post-apocalyptic Scotland "when machines have taken over the cities and mankind has retreated to the forests", a young woman hunting for animals encounters an automated drone and figures out how to fight back. There's some refreshing optimism in this film, and it's inspired by Celtic culture. Not only does it reminds me of Studio Ghibli films, but there's a bit of Rey from The Force Awakens found in the main character. Worth a watch.
"If I had a voice in Meena's, I'd be a superstar by now!" Universal has released a brand new extended 4-minute trailer for Illumination's latest animated movie titled Sing, a musical about a singing competition hosted by an ambitious Koala named Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey. This trailer has much of the same footage from the first trailer, but spends more time introducing the various characters who make it into the competition. Many of them are misfits and the movie seems to play up the idea that some of the best musicians are hidden in society and must be given the chance to express themselves. It could be enjoyable, lots of songs used in it. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly. Arrives in theaters Christmas week.
"Do you ever say anything encouraging…?" "I encourage you not to die." Focus Features has released yet another new trailer for Laika's stop-motion animated adventure titled Kubo and the Two Strings, which arrives in theaters this August. Yes, this is the fourth official trailer. Do we really need another one after three other gorgeous trailers? Not really, but why not, if it makes more people excited to see this movie. Art Parkinson voices Kubo, and the full voice cast includes Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa & George Takei. I'm still crazy excited to see this, I think it looks awesome, and I'm counting down the days until it arrives in theaters. Fire it up below.
Find your happy place. 20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for DreamWorks Animation's newest movie titled Trolls, a feature version of those funky little toy trolls that you used to collect as kids. Maybe not you, but someone out there collected them. Believe it or not, the movie is actually a musical with songs written specifically for it - as heard in this trailer. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, the film stars the voice talent of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani and many more. I like the way they show the actors actually dancing in the trailer, but the rest of this just seems wacky. It might be enjoyable? Have fun.
Today marks the release of the 17th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. First launched in 1986, they have consistently been one of the most successful movie studios producing consistently outstanding content that wins over audiences of all ages, critics and even The Academy (26 Oscars!). To celebrate the release of Finding Dory, two fans put together this fantastic video called "The Evolution of Pixar" analyzing their progress with animation technology over these past 30 years. It's kind of amazing to see how far they've come, and they still produce some of the best animation, the best movies, and the best storytelling out there.
"You're probably asking yourself how a stork, a girl, and a baby wound up in this situation?" WB has unveiled a new trailer for their animated comedy Storks, written & co-directed by Nicholas Stoller, behind the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors and Neighbors 2. The movie is about a company that used to delivered storks that has since become a major .com delivery giant, and the workers who decide to deliver a baby. The voice cast features Andy Samberg as the voice of Junior, as well as Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Key and Peele, plus Katie Crown as Tulip. This actually looks much better than expected, but I'm still not sure if it'll compare to Pixar of Disney. Have fun.
"What's a demi-God gotta do?" Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for their newest animated musical Moana, starring Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana. This adventure begins in Hawaii and seems to venture further out in the ocean(s), featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The full voice cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Phillipa Soo and others. It's directed by the legendary Ron Clements and John Musker, the directors of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog. This is only just a teaser, so not too much is revealed yet, but it's looking quite fun already. Enjoy.
"Terror in the city!" GKids has debuted an enjoyable teaser trailer for the animated film Phantom Boy, the latest from French filmmakers Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol, who previously made the Oscar-nominated animated film A Cat in Paris. Inspired by the classic gangster stories of the 40's and 50's, this film is about an 11-year-old hospitalized boy who has the ability to leave his physical body and float around the city. This teaser is more of an introduction, and I'm sure the next trailer will get into more of the actual story. The film features the voices of Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle and Audrey Tautou. This actually looks damn good, charming but also an edge to it with the gangster story. Looking forward to this.
Another lovely story from Patrick Osborne. Most of you will remember the animated short Feast that played before Disney's Big Hero 6 in 2014, as it told a love story while focused on an adorable little Boston Terrier puppy. Well, good news as the new short from Patrick Osborne is now online. It's actually Google 360 short, meaning you can interact with and spin the video any way you want, since it's set entirely inside a hatchback. The story is about a father and his daughter, named Pearl, and the times they spent together. It's as wonderful as Feast if not even more so. "It's not where you're from, but where you belong…" See below.
"This show is not going to save your theater!" Universal has debuted a new full-length 3-minute trailer for Illumination's new animated movie titled Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey as a Koala who decides to host a singing competition. This is obviously inspired by "American Idol" and all the numerous singing competitions around the world. It also seems to be a bit like Zootopia set in a diverse world of animals, with a story where some of them are going to break the mold of what's expected of their specific species. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. It's a "musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us." Sing apparently features more than 85 hit songs, a few of which can be heard in this trailer below. Have fun!
"I'm so happy the Gods put our packages together." "It's because we belong together…" Sony has released the second official trailer for the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party. This trailer isn't as good as the first red band trailer, since they have to hold off on the language and the truly raunchy content, but it does still make me want to see it. The huge voice cast features Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, David Krumholtz and others. This seems like so much ridiculous fun and I cannot wait to watch. Enjoy.