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It's time to shake your tail feathers again. After Blue Sky's musical animated film Rio became a surprise hit, the blue macaws voiced by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, along with a colorful supporting cast voiced by the likes of will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx and more, are back for Rio 2. The film doesn't arrive until next spring, but a teaser trailer has arrived that will have kids dancing in the theaters and tapping their feet. It's a cute little trailer, but as someone who wasn't impressed by the first film, this one has some work to do to get me excited. Watch it!
Some cute little shorts featuring the characters of Toy Story have already made their way to the big screen, even after Toy Story 3 hit theaters. Now another new one is coming this Halloween, but it's a full 30-minutes long and will be getting the TV treatment. Given the timing of the short's premiere, it's no surprise to learn it's called Toy Story of Terror, and it mostly focuses on Jesse (Joan Cusack) as Bonnie takes the toys on a road trip and they end up staying in a spooky motel after the car breaks down. But don't worry, because Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and some of the other toys will be there too.
After a little casting snafu saw Al Pacino replaced at the last minute by Benjamin Bratt, the July release of Despicable Me 2 is still on track, and the hype machine is kicking into full gear. A brand new poster has just been unveiled featuring Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) looking over an impressive sea of his little, weird, yellow followers, the minions (who are also getting their own movie). The animated sequel from Universal and Illumination Entertainment introduces audiences to Eduardo (Bratt), a new super-criminal causing problems for The Anti-Villain League, which decides to recruit Gru to help them eradicate this new threat.
"The most powerful force is hope." Who is Captain Harlock? Unless you're from Japan or otherwise familiar with Leiji Matsumoto's manga, this is likely a character many have never heard of (at least I haven't). But if you're a fan of Appleseed or Final Fantasy, you'll want to take a look. Captain Harlock: Space Pirate is a CG animated space epic that seems to involve some gnarly space pirate ships, apparitions with pointy ears and lots of long-haired characters. The animation in this looks incredible, all the fine details in the hair and environments around them. I'm interested in seeing this admittedly more for the visuals than anything else.
Just last summer, there were rumblings that Disney Animation would be making their first foray into Marvel territory with an adaptation of the lesser known comic book Big Hero 6. The series followed a team of state-sanctioned superheroes at the disposal of the Japanese government with a top-secret consortium of politicians and business entities known as the Giri formed to recruit and train potential superhuman operatives. Now Disney has announced the film with a 3D release on November 7th, 2014 along with concept art, and a gorgeous first look at the setting: the mythical mash-up city San Fransokyo.
If you didn't get enough preshistoric, caveman family antics with DreamWorks Animation's The Croods last month, then here's some good news. The studio is moving forward with a sequel to the film which featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman, and they're already in negotiations to bring them back. The studio also announced Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders (the team behind How to Train Your Dragon) are returning as writers and directors. It's good news for the studio after layoffs followed the box office failure of Rise of the Guardians.
With Dane Cook voicing the lead in Disney's animated Cars spin-off Planes (without the help of Pixar), and a supporting cast that includes Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, John Cleese and more, it's time for the first official footage from the film to be unveiled. We've seen the teaser that hit home video when the film was meant only for a Blu-Ray/DVD release, but now that the film is slated for an August theatrical run, there's a trailer in AMC Theaters that plays more like a sneak preview clip with Dusty (Cook) racing jets Bravo and Echo (Kilmer & Edwards). Even if this doesn't feel like a home run, the animation will at least look really good in 3D. Watch below!
It's officially spring, which means some great movies are just around the corner for the whole family to enjoy. While there's Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Fast & Furious 6 coming in May, there's also something for the younger kids in the form of Epic, the adaptation of William Joyce's children's book The Leaf Men. We've seen a handful of trailers for the film, and while they all look pretty, it seems to be lacking a heartbeat. And this trailer kind of solidified that as it chooses to spend time highlighting the big name cast members like Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Josh Hutcherson and many more.
A glimpse of the speedy snail popped up last year just before Christmas, but now a full-length theatrical trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Turbo is here to go hand-in-hand with their release of The Croods this weekend. Ryan Reynolds (who can also be heard in the prehistorical caveman family comedy) takes the lead here as Turbo, a garden-variety snail who dreams of being the fastest snail in the world - with a jetpack. Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and Snoop Dogg all lend their voices to the film, which looks like a fun time.
In just a couple of weeks, the first DreamWorks Animated film featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds (the other being Turbo coming this summer) arrives in theaters with The Croods. The previous trailers have mostly focused on the family dynamic of the caveman group as they struggle to adapt to the world that is much bigger than they thought and the most recent finally introduced us to Reynolds' character. Now we get even more of his influence on the family as Emma Stone's character is smitten by his modern attitude and inventions, especially shoes. This doesn't look bad, but it seems a little too cartoonish on the humor. Watch!
If Walt Disney emerged from cryo-slumber and heard what Disney CEO Bob Iger just said at the company's shareholder's meeting, we're guessing he'd be pretty disappointed. Iger revealed today that the Walt Disney Company - including Pixar, Disney Animation, and Disney Toons - is currently not in development on any hand-drawn feature films. That's awfully sad news for fans of the classic Disney animation aesthetic, and it's particularly sad to hear that news coming from the studio that first proved hand-drawn animation could be a viable method of making movies by releasing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Read on.
"The forest belongs to the darkness." Well, we're not sure if audiences will flock to see Epic or not. While Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of William Joyce's children's book The Leaf Men has plenty of adventure, the scale of the action doesn't seem to fare well with the humor. There are flares of Shrek combining with Fern Gully and Avatar, but something doesn't feel quite right. The animation looks positively stunning, but the contemporary feel of some of the characters' dialogue doesn't mesh with the visual aesthetic. It feels like there's two different films at work here, but maybe it's just how the trailer is put together. Watch it below!
Finally! Yesterday, a new trailer for Disney's animated Cars spin-off Planes arrived, and it looked like a weak imitation of Pixar. Now the straight-to-DVD foundation of this film has been solidified as the House of Mouse has just sent over a press release saying that comedian and part-time actor Dane Cook (Dan in Real Life, Mr. Brooks) is providing the voice for Dusty, a small town crop dusting plane who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race despite his fear of heights. Originally Jon Cryer was supposed to take the role, but fell away from the project, and we weren't sure whose voice was in the trailer. More below!
The teaser poster for Sony Pictures Animation's sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 arrived yesterday with promise of the first trailer today. That time has come, and it looks like a fantastic follow-up to the surprisingly great animated hit from 2009. It's pretty clear that the filmmakers and animators worked overtime to come up with some truly imaginative food animal creations as the FLDSMDFR invention outbreak, which is now running wild, creating things like shrimpanzees, tacodiles, flamangoes and more. Bill Hader, Anna Faris and Will Forte are all back to voice characters, and it looks great! Watch below!