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"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.
"Those stories that mum told me – they're all true." GKids has released a brand new US trailer for Tomm Moore's animated Song of the Sea, a beautiful film out of Ireland about the folklore legend of the Selkies. Tomm Moore was the director of the Oscar nominee The Secret of Kells and tells a different story about family and love in this new adventure, Song of the Sea, about a boy named Ben (voiced by David Rawle) and his little sister Saoirse, who is a Selkie. I saw this film at the Toronto Film Festival and it is wonderful, have nothing but good things to say about it, from the voices to the animation to the story, and the music, it was all so lovely. It's a gem. If you feel entranced by this trailer, you definitely need to see this. Have a look.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Meet Baymax. Now in theaters is Disney Animation's latest feature Big Hero 6, based on a Marvel Comics series, about a robot named Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. The voice cast includes Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez and Alan Tudyk. How is this one? Disney Animations best movie yet, can it top Frozen? Or is it a let down? Is it as fun as it looks? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Disney's Big Hero 6.
Just when you're think that everything that can be turned into a movie has been acquired by a studio, think again. The Wrap has word that a new animated feature is in the works called Animal Crackers. Yes, the little animal shaped snacks that are more cookies than crackers (and not just because Ben Affleck argued that fact in Armageddon) are heading to the big screen in a movie from an animation company called Blue Dream Studios. They've also locked down quite a weird assembly of voice talent with Sylvester Stallone, Ian McKellen and Danny DeVito taking three pivotal roles in the film. So what's this about? Read on!