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"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.
"It's not often you get the opportunity to start over with a clean slate… this time things will be different!" Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have debuted a full-length, three-minute trailer for The Peanuts Movie, adapted from Charles Schulz comic strip. All your favorite characters are here, from Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp), to Linus, to Pigpen, to Lucy, to Sally, plus–of course–Snoopy. We've already seen a few teasers, but this is the full sell and it's totally perfect. This movie looks wonderful, like they've actually captured the feeling of the comic strip where these characters come from and re-imagined in for the big screen without dumbing it down. I really can't believe how good this looks, it's going to be so much fun.
"I've got big plans - I'm going to sit here and wait for Katie to come back." Universal and Illumination have unveiled the adorable first teaser trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, a movie about what your pets do in the time between when you leave for work and return home. Every time you leave in the morning and give your cuddly pet a goodbye pat, we all wonder what they do, and what goes on while we're away, how much trouble they're getting into without anyone watching. This movie plays with that idea in such a fun way, and features all kinds of pets: dogs, cats, birds, rabbits. Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet & Kevin Hart provide a few voices. This is going to be a winner, that's for sure, it's hard not to laugh and smile big. Take a look!
Like nothing you’ve seen be-fur… Disney Animation has debuted the first teaser trailer for Zootopia, their newest movie. It's more of an introduction to the world and the main characters that we'll be following. Mainly a "fast-talking" fox and Zootopia's top-cop bunny, who cross paths and of course learn to become friends even though they start out as enemies. The fox, Nick Wilde, is voiced by Jason Bateman, who provides the narration in this teaser, and the rabbit, Judy Hopps, is voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin. This is a cute little teaser and unique intro for this film, but I wish we would actually see more of the world and the story. But I guess that will come in more trailers down the line. For now, take a look at this Zootopia intro.
"I don't want to survive, I want to live!" Need a smile today? Or maybe a quick cry? Fire up this wonderful video made in tribute to the upcoming release of Pixar's Inside Out, titled Emotions of Pixar, edited by Lindsay McCutcheon. It's a tribute to the various emotions seen in Pixar movies, and is essentially a tribute to the extraordinary work of the very talented animators and artists at Pixar. They are truly the ones who are responsible for creating these characters and making them so perfectly expressive, in subtle ways, and their work really shines when edited together like this. So many great movies, with so many sad, happy, exciting, worrisome moments throughout. From Monsters Inc to Monsters University, and their entire filmography.
Ohhhhh my goodness this is gorgeous!! If you love animation, or Miyazaki, or Studio Ghibli, or Syd Mead, or anything like that, this is a must watch. There is a short pitch video/trailer going around the web that has earned quite a bit of buzz (Open Culture states the "internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film") because it feels so much like a classic Hayao Miyazaki animated film. Titled Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, which translates to Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies, this stunning Vimeo video plays like a trailer for this film about a boy who lives in a village on a giant tree. It was made by Gwenn Germain as a project for the French art school Créapole. If anything, it's just an impressive concept.
"If they can't blend in, they could end up back in the pen." A full-length US trailer has debuted for Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep Movie, their latest stop-motion adventure following Wallace & Gromit and Flushed Away. This amusing stop-motion story follows a sheep named Shaun who decides to take the day off and have some fun, but gets a little more than he bargained for, ending up in the big city to find his family. As much as it may sound like something a bit cheesy, I trust in Aardman and from what I can tell this might be a lot of fun. The fluffy lil' handmade sheep are so cute! After the first two teasers, cue this up.
Aw hey lil guys! Ready for more of them? Universal has debuted a third trailer for Illumination's Minions spin-off, which still looks surprisingly better than we expected. As we've already seen before, the adventure in this spin-off from Despicable Me focusing on the little yellow minions introduces us to Stuart, Kevin and Bob. This new trailer also introduces us to the main part of the story, and the main villain - Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock, and her husband Herb Overkill, voiced by Jon Hamm. There's more of the story, more footage of their history, and of course Scarlett Overkill. It looks like lots of fun. Enjoy!
About one month ago, we featured a beautiful international trailer for an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a big screen version of the collection of prose and poems known around the world. Now another gorgeous domestic trailer for the film featuring several different kinds of animation has arrived, all connected by an artist (Liam Neeson), his housekeeper (Salma Hayek), and her daughter (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis). This looks like it'll be a nice break from the blockbuster action extravaganzas late this summer, with wonderful animation to stimulate your eyes and your mind. There's also supposed to be some great new music from Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Yo-Yo Ma. Watch below!
Yay Pixar! The animation studio has unveiled a first look at fun some concept art from the new short film Sanjay's Super Team, which is showing in front of The Good Dinosaur in theaters later this November. The short will premiere officially at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, which is why they're drumming up some buzz with some good publicity. This story comes from the LA Times, and profiles Sanjay Patel, an artist at Pixar who graduated to director with his short film that is inspired by his own youth, and The Avengers (perfect timing!). I wish we got to see them as they appear in this (does this count as Pixar's first Marvel short film?), alas this is just him eating cereal. See Sanjay's concept art below.
Back in 2008, there was a live-action feature film adaptation of Will Eisner's celebrated comic The Spirit. Graphic novel writer Frank Miller directed the film in the same style as the big screen adaptation of Sin City, but the film was an absolute mess, and it has been panned by critics and fans alike. But did you know that we almost got a completely different adaptation of The Spirit in the 1980s? Space Jam animation producer Steven Paul Leiva just posted a pencil test trailer for what would have been an animated adaptation of The Spirit from director Brad Bird and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, and it looks awesome. Watch!
Fans of Spider-Man already had their dreams come true when Sony Pictures struck a deal to have Marvel Studios share the wallcrawling superhero so the character can exist in the Marvel cinematic universe and share the screen with The Avengers. But now it looks like they're going to get even more webslinging fun for the big screen as Sony officially announced today that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are working on the first animated big screen Spider-Man movie. Tom Rothman, the new chairman of Sony Pictures, made the major announcement at CinemaCon today with some details.
Last winter, we featured an international teaser trailer for the animated adaptation of the classic 1943 tale The Little Prince. The film hails from France as the most expensive animated feature every produced in the country ($80 million), and the combination of wonderful 3D computer animation and beautiful stop-motion animation makes for quite the magical pairing for this story of a curious, magical prince and his interplanetary adventures. In this version (dubbed with English), the story is framed by an aviator narrator (Jeff Bridges) telling the prince's tale to his neighbor's busy little girl (Mackenzie Foy). Watch!
Briefly: Last fall, Warner Bros. Pictures jostled around the dates for The LEGO Movie Sequel as well as the spin-offs Ninjago and LEGO Batman, but now they've been shaken up yet again. The biggest change is that Ninjago has been pushed back a year to a September 22nd, 2017 release date. Meanwhile, LEGO Batman has been moved up to February 10th 2017, a few months earlier than the previous May release date, and The LEGO Movie Sequel has been bumped up by a week to a May 18th, 2018 release. That means we'll be waiting awhile before we get more LEGO action on the big screen but hopefully it'll be worth it.