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"What are we looking at here, Mr. Mansley?" A brand new trailer has just landed online for the upcoming re-mastered and extended re-release of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. We've already heard about this before, as the beloved animated classic will get a small theatrical re-release before it hits Blu-ray in October. Brad Bird has been hyping it up showing off life-size Iron Giant statues as well as mini-maquettes soon to be on sale. This new trailer doesn't feature too much new footage, but it is a very nice edit that makes this look like so much more than just a cartoon. A great trailer for a wonderful movie.
"Enjoy your stay in hell!" Freestyle Releasing has debuted a R-rated trailer for the R-rated stop-motion movie Hell & Back, from the animation studio behind "Trip Tank" and "Robot Chicken" (two excellent animated shows). It's a goofy, foul-mouthed trip into the depths of hell, but it looks quite fun I must say. The ensemble voice cast includes Mila Kunis, T.J. Miller, Michael Peña, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Odenkirk and Danny McBride. I'm not sure if they were riffing jokes that got worked into the animation, or if it was all scripted, but some parts are funny, other moments are not. The animation looks great, and I'm just impressed they actually made a brand new R-rated stop-motion movie. Have fun!
"Trees and people used to be good friends." Something to warm your heart today, a video tribute to the legendary animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Vimeo user "dono" has posted his video tribute (found via One Perfect Shot) that looks back at many of the characters and movies that Miyazaki has brought us. I am a huge Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli fan myself, and I'm always happy to bring some extra attention to their work, especially everything they've made before (considering they're not really making any new films at the moment). I like the way this tribute brings together so many of the memorable characters from Miyazaki's movies. My favorite film is still Castle in the Sky, and Totoro, but this entire tribute makes me smile. Enjoy.
"T-Rex doesn't want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can't just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct." At the D23 Expo, Pixar unveiled a closer look at the three T-Rex from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur movie, due in theaters this November. According to Pixar, in the film an Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears and these three T-Rexes. The three of them are named: Butch - a tough T-Rex voiced by Sam Elliott, who has "the perfect voice for a T-Rex"; Ramsey - Butch's daughter, voiced by Anna Paquin, described as a firecracker; Nash - Butch's son, voiced by AJ Buckley with a "charming drawl." See below.
Get ready for a master class in stop-motion animation taught by Christopher Nolan. After announcing that Nolan's new short documentary about American animators the Quay Brothers would be premiering in New York City this August, Zeitgeist Films has followed up with a 11-city tour. The screening series will stop at various locations in North America, showing three Quay Brothers films plus Nolan's new doc in 35mm. Along with the news that it might be coming your way sooner than you thought (though everything will be available on Blu-ray this fall), the first teaser trailer has debuted and it's a quick introduction to the Quay Brothers and their animation. This looks like it may be worth your time and money to see in cinemas.
He's back! The official announcement just hit in time to kick off Comic-Con 2015. Brad Bird's beloved animated classic The Iron Giant, first released in 1999, will be re-released in theaters on September 30th. The movie is being "remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes as The Iron Giant: Signature Edition," which will get released on Blu-ray in the fall after it hits theaters. The in-theater event will be a limited screening, happening once on September 30th, again on October 4th, will be organized by Fathom Events where you can get tickets and theater info. For Iron Giant fans of all ages, this is very exiting news.
"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!