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Last night, the long-running animated series "The Simpsons" debuted their latest annual Treehouse of Horror episode in the spirit of the Halloween season. These are always the most fun episodes of the year, especially for a show that many have fallen away from over the years, and last night was no exception. Even if you're not a fan of the show, if you're a horror fan, you'll have a hard time resisting this episode as one of the segments features a trippy, awesome tribute to the late, great Stanley Kubrick. And the good news is that you have the next week to check out this entire episode online for free (and legally too). Watch below!
Meet Moana! Well, sort of, as she's off on another adventure and doesn't really have time to meet those of us landlocked in our homes and offices. Disney has debuted the first lovely eye-catching photo from their upcoming animated movie Moana, originally scheduled for 2018, now set for release in "late 2016" around the end of the year (this same time two years from now). The film is the latest from Ron Clements & John Musker, the two directors behind Disney classics like Aladdin, Little Mermaid and The Princess and The Frog. Likely inspired by Polynesian explorers, this film follows a "sea voyaging enthusiast" named Moana.
Briefly: Following the success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, Warner Bros. Animation is going all-in on making a bunch of animated movies inspired by LEGO sets. There's a sequel to The LEGO Movie in the works, a spin-off focusing on their Ninjago line and we just heard that LEGO Batman will also get his own movie with Will Arnett voicing The Dark Knight again. But word from Warner Bros. today is shaking up things slightly. Previously, The LEGO Movie 2 was dated for May 26th, 2017, but that's when the LEGO Batman spin-off will arrive now. Instead, The LEGO Movie sequel has been pushed back to May 25th, 2018. But the good news is Ninjago is still arriving on September 23rd, 2016. Stay tuned for updates.
There's already a sequel to The LEGO Movie arriving in 2017, and the LEGO-inspired movie Ninjago coming in 2016, but Warner Bros. is going to milk the success of that first building block adventure comedy for all they can. One of the most popular characters from the film was LEGO Batman, voiced perfectly by Will Arnett, and now THR reports the Dark Knight mini-figure will now be getting his own big screen spin-off, and they're working quickly to fasttrack the film. Little details are known about the film, but Arnett will reprise his role as Batman and Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee will all return to produce too.
"We can't go against that guy. We're nerds!" It's time for New York Comic-Con, and hot on the heels of the first teaser trailer for Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, we have a sizzle reel for Disney's animated comic book adventure Big Hero 6. It really just plays like another trailer, complete with what sounds like a new, unreleased Fall Out Boy song. This time we get some more action with Baymax and the rest of the makeshift superhero team voiced by Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller and more. This looks fun as hell, and we can't wait to see how Marvel's comic book creation takes off in animated form. Watch below!
With pieces of art paying tribute to films like Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Godzilla, there's no doubt that Poster Posse has become a great collection of work paying tribute to some of the most talked about blockbusters in recent memory. Previously, Blurppy hosted the unveiling of their latest feature film projects, but now they have their own site, and they're kicking things off with another round of masterful artwork commemorating Disney and Marvels first animated feature film collaboration Big Hero 6, coming next month. And one of the below prints will be handed out at New York Comic-Con this week. Look below!
Ever wonder where all those emotions really live? Disney-Pixar has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for Pixar's Inside Out, the latest film from director Pete Docter, who last brought us Pixar's Up. This time we get to go inside the mind of a young girl named Riley, and meet her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). As this is the very first teaser trailer, they mostly use footage from past Pixar movies connecting all five of these emotions with moments that we all know and love. I wish we got to see more than this tiny bit of footage from Inside Out, but as our first tease I appreciate how it sets up the idea. Looking forward to seeing more.
Though it feels like the hype and love for the mobile game turned merchandising machine Angry Birds has died down, the animated feature film is still coming to theaters on July 1st, 2016 with Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly directing the film for Rovio Entertainment. And today, Rovio finally revealed the full voice cast, and there's a lot of familiar faces from "Saturday Night Live" and other assorted comedy stars bringing the frustrated little birds to life. Taking the lead roles will be Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBridge, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, but there's a slew of supporting voices too.
DreamWorks Animation hasn't really had a lot to brag about over the last few years, even with quality franchises like How to Train Your Dragon, they're still struggling to stay on top, and have had trouble pleasing their shareholders. But the animation studio is marching onward and they've just announced a new project called Boss Baby, slated for release by 20th Century Fox on March 18th, 2016. THR has the report on the new project with word that Alec Baldwin will voice a fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby who makes his seven-year old brother jealous in the film described as a fantastical comedy (obviously). Read on!
If you're a big fan of Pixar Animation, then you likely stumbled upon The Pixar Theory last year, an ingenious idea fleshed out by Jon Negroni and was spread around like crazy thanks to sites like BuzzFeed. The theory figured out a way to tie all the narratives of each and every Pixar Animation story into the same universe from Toy Story to Brave and everything in between. While this undoubtedly wasn't the intention of the filmmakers, the fact that someone took the time to figure out a way to connect these films, and it all eerily makes perfect sense, is pretty cool. Previously, this theory was only explained in a lengthy, text timeline. But for the lazier folks out there, a video is now available explaining everything visually. Watch!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes...even rectangles. Now playing is the latest stop-motion animated feature film from Laika titled The Boxtrolls, co-written by Irena Brignull & Adam Pava adapted from Alan Snow's novel "Here Be Monsters!", co-directed by Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi. The film tells the story of an orphan boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called Boxtrolls. It's wacky, but tons of fun. How much fun? Better than Laika's other films or more of the same? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Laika's The Boxtrolls.
"Everything you see has got to be designed and built by hand." This Friday, Laika's adorable stop-motion flick The Boxtrolls finally surfaces in theaters, and the work of all the meticulous and careful hands will brings joy to thousands. A new featurette has surfaced showing off just how big and gorgeous the sets are, and how detailed and well-crafted each and every character and set piece is in the film, no matter how big or small. Stop-motion animation is a long road of hard work, and this featurette shows just a small fraction of what it takes to get a film like The Boxtrolls made, and the best part is the movie is great too. Watch below!
"It was all very difficult..." It's not surprising that it is as wonderful to sit down and talk with the people from Studio Ghibli as it is to watch the wonderful movies they make. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to interview Hayao Miyazaki prior to his retirement during a trip over to the US to promote Ponyo. While up in Toronto at TIFF 2014 this year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet up with and interview Isao Takahata, the director of the beautiful film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was released in Japan last year and arrives in US theaters this fall. He was wonderful to speak with, making my entire trip worth it.
"It's like spooning a warm marshmallow." Following an amusing and impressive teaser trailer for the first animated collaboration between Walt Disney Animation and Marvel, a full theatrical trailer for Big Hero 6 has arrived. This time we get a much better idea of the overall story, from Hiro Hamada's seemingly passed brother who created the pudgy medical robot Baymax to our superhero team and the villain they'll be facing. There's some great animation at work here, fun characters, and a promising film that looks like another hit to stack on top of Disney's success from their big musical hit Frozen last year. Watch the trailer below now!