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Just after the inventive and fun trailer for Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me spin-off Minions arrived at the beginning of the month, a special holiday greeting can be seen if you happen to be seeing movies at any AMC Theatres locations leading up to Christmas. Those lovable little henchman give their own rendition of a classic Christmas carol, but in that weird, gibberish language they all speak. You're bound to find kids cracking up to this in theaters, and maybe some adults too, but we've still got awhile before the actual movie hits theaters since it doesn't arrive until it gets much warmer in July. Watch now!
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below!
Originally slated for release this week, DreamWorks Animation opted to send their sci-fi adventure Home to theaters next spring. And since Penguins of Madagascar gets the prime holiday release slot this weekend, that means we get a new trailer for the film featuring the voice of Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") as the unfortunately nicknamed Oh, a clumsy alien in hiding on Earth. Speaking in a dialect that seems lifted from cat memes (you'll see what I mean), this guy seems to be a lovable walking accident, but there are more of his race (including Steve Martin as their leader) coming to our planet, looking for a new home. Watch!
"As for me, I'm done making movies." Here's something to make you smile. GKids has released an official US trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about legendary animation house Studio Ghibli in Japan. From director Mami Sunada, the doc provides an unprecedented inside look at the inner workings of Ghibli and the daily life of animator Hayao Miyazaki, who has officially retired from making features. I've seen this documentary and it's absolutely wonderful, I was refreshed and felt so happy by the end. There's a certain magic to Studio Ghibli and they capture some of that, then again I just could go on spending days watching footage of Miyazaki-san smile and laugh. This doc is a real gem - don't miss it.
Just over a week ago, we were all surprised to learn of the existence of a new animated movie from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic that Disney was going to release through their Touchstone Pictures banner in January. Now the first trailer has arrived to show us why this film is getting a hasty, last minute promotional push and release. If "from the mind of George Lucas" isn't enough to turn you off in this day and age, the trailer should do it. This looks like a comedic version of Epic (which already wasn't a good animated movie) chock full of pop song covers. This just looks terrible and devoid of any charm. Watch?
Oh my this is wonderful! To promote the release of Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 in Japan, the Mouse House is switching things up and has created a special promotional trailer using hand-drawn animation. It's absolutely beautiful and you'll probably shed a tear, whether you've seen this film already or not. Big Hero 6 is about an inflatable health robot named Baymax that ends up in the hands of young Hiro. It's not the best animated movie you'll ever see, but it's damn good, better than most others out this year. This trailer really captures the emotional spirit of the film and sells it in a unique way. I wish we still tried to do something different with marketing in the US, alas we just get the same ole trailers. But this is something else. Enjoy.
It's been a tough year for DreamWorks Animation. The studio needs a boost this year at the box office, so they decided to bring The Penguins of Madagascar to theaters this month instead of the original, sci-fi comedy Home, which is now slated to arrive on March 27th, 2015. In addition, they also pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 to 2017 with no explanation. Now, hot on the heels of news that the discussion of a hopeful merger with Hasbro has ended, the animation studio also announced that their supernatural comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been removed from their 2015 release date.
Though we didn't get a film from Pixar Animation this year, thankfully Walt Disney Animation still brought us Big Hero 6 this month. But next summer, the computer animation giant returns with Inside Out, a story that takes us inside the mind of a little girl dealing with her new home in San Francisco. Inside the mind of Riley, we meet all of her emotions driving her life: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Now they all get their own colorful close-up, character posters. This means there could be a new trailer on the way sometime soon. Look below!
After yesterday's new first look images from the animated Peanuts movie, bringing Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip characters to the big screen, a new trailer wasn't supposed to arrive for 10 days. However, since that also seems to be when the teaser trailer for Jurassic World will arrive, 20th Century Fox decided to unveil the trailer today by saying that sneaky beagle Snoopy leaked it online. The animation looks stylish and cool as we see Snoopy in one of his classic daydreams, flying his doghouse around the world. And then Charlie Brown pops up right at the end, in a movie theater, being the blockhead he always is. Watch below!
Back in the spring, we got our first look at Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of the classic Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It wasn't much except a glimpse at Charlie Brown with his loveable and occasionally mischievous dog Snoopy. But now some new images have surfaced showing off the rest of the gang, including Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and more. No sign of Pigpen, but it does appear we get to spend Christmas with the gang. Could there be a new tale based around the holiday outside of the famous "A Charlie Brown Christmas" animated special that will be playing on TV again soon? It would seem so. Look!
Oh no! Say it ain't so! Beloved filmmaker/animator Hayao Miyazaki made a rare trip to the United States this past weekend to receive his honorary Oscar during the Governors Awards. While Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's films have been nominated for Oscars in the past, including winning one for Spirited Away in 2003, this Oscar comes after Miyazaki announced his retirement so it seems The Academy wanted to honor the man and his cinematic legacy one last time. There were also a few reports earlier this year about Studio Ghibli "shutting down" feature films for good, though details were rather sketchy and it was clarified they were re-working the business rather than closing the doors forever. Now we have real quotes from Miyazaki.
While we're all so transfixed by what Lucasfilm is doing with Star Wars now that the production company is under the banner of Disney, that's not the only thing they've been working on. In fact, Lucasfilm has an animated movie called Strange Magic that has just been given a release date of January 23rd, 2015 by Touchstone Pictures, one of Disney's distribution arms. The film is described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by the classic tale A Midsummer Night's Dream, so no, that's not a weird variation of Groot in the image above. Instead, that's our first look at the Bog King (voiced by Alan Cumming), Griselda (Maya Rudolph) and Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) in the computer animated film. Look!
If for some ridiculous reason The LEGO Movie just didn't do anything for you, then maybe you'll be more interested in seeing what can be done with a different toy line. The Paris-based production banner ON Entertainment is teaming with Wild Bunch and Pathe to develop an animated film based on the iconic Playmobil toys. Variety reports the film's development is being spearheaded by Bob Persichetti, who was head of story on hits like Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots and Shrek 2 at DreamWorks Animation. The film will have the same creative team that just worked on an animated film called The Little Prince.
Hoping to continue their hot streak following hits like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and now Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation has just set release dates for their forthcoming new projects Zootopia and Moana. The former project was revealed at D23 late last summer, while the latter was just revealed last month, and now both of them will be arriving in 2016. Disney has just announced that Zootopia will get a spring release on March 4th, 2016 while Moana will arrive in the fall on November 23rd, 2016. If you haven't heard anything about these projects, keep reading to see concept art and read the official synopses.