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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.
What a magnificent one-of-a-kind animated film. The Red Turtle is animated film from director Michael Dudok de Wit, produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata involved as an artistic consultant, even though the animation was finished in France. The film is about a man who washes up on a desert island after a destructive storm, and every time he attempts to build a bamboo raft and escape, a red turtle appears out of nowhere and demolishes it. He finally gives up and accepts his fate and explores the island. The film is very simple and tells an inspiring story without any dialogue, only a few shouts of "hey" and other noises, but that's it. It's so simple yet so beautiful; I honestly was moved to tears by a few scenes.
My goodness this looks absolutely wonderful. Studio Ghibli has unveiled a trailer for the animated movie The Red Turtle, which they collaborated on during the storyboard and development phase (animation was finished mostly in France). Directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit, the animated movie is entirely dialogue free and tells the story of a man stuck on a desert island who encounters a mysterious red turtle that always thwarts his attempts to leave. This trailer shows quite a bit, but not too much, as this is the kind of film you should save for seeing in theaters when it's released. The Red Turtle premieres at the Cannes Film Festival and I'll be seeing the very first showing. Catch this trailer in the meantime. Have fun.
"Now the fate of this tiny world depends of the courage of a little ladybug." Aside from Pixar's A Bug's Life, we haven't seen that many animated films about bugs, but here's another one. Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an animated adventure about two tribes of ants - black and red - that end up in a war against each other after a box of sugar is discovered. This movie was actually first released in Europe in 2014 and is just now coming out in the UK, which is why there's a new trailer in 2016. It looks as if it's almost entirely dialogue-free, with the ants communicating through noises rather than any language. A male ladybug ends up caught in the middle of the battle, and just might help save the day. This doesn't look so bad, or does it?
"Claim your birthright, Kubo. Give this story a happy ending." Focus Features has unveiled a third and final trailer for Laika's latest stop-motion adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. The more we see from this, the more I have to say - this looks so freakin' awesome, I cannot wait to see it. The story behind Kubo and the entire world they've created for this is amazing. Even the way he uses his guitar to make things happen, and all the crazy cool shots in this, it's all impressive. Art Parkinson voices Kubo, and the full cast includes Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa & George Takei. This is seriously one of my most anticipated movies coming up this year. Enjoy.
"How you been, old timer?" "Paralyzed!" Universal has debuted another new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, the upcoming animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment following a group of pets who get into some crazy trouble while their owners are out at work. This full-length "international" trailer finally focuses on the actual two main characters - two dogs who aren't really friends because one is new, and they break out and get into even more trouble when they meet up with other pets. The main voices include Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks and Eric Stonestreet. The more we see from this movie, the better it looks (I love dogs!), I'm already excited to check it out in theaters.
From his mind to the big screen. DreamWorks Animation has unveiled the first image from their upcoming project Trollhunters, their latest collaboration with Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro imagined and started developing Trollhunters a few years back, around the time he sold The Strain, the vampire trilogy he wrote with Chuck Hogan. "I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," Del Toro initially stated. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid." This first photo seen below shows two of the main characters from the movie, a sword-wielding human and a big (supposedly friendly) troll. Check it out.
After tackling the apocalypse in This Is The End, you would think that writers and producers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg couldn't get any more insane. But then we saw the red band trailer for their first animated venture, Sausage Party. In the movie, all food wants to be is bought and taken home, but when a pack of sausages, potatoes, buns and more find out what really happens to food when it goes home with people, they set out to get back to the store and save all their friends. This trailer may just make you regret eating hot dogs and everything else along with them at a barbecue. Okay, not really. But it's pretty funny. Watch now!