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While entire families should be heading out to see Disney's spectacular new musical fairytale Frozen this weekend, hopefully they'll be treated to seeing the latest, hilarious theatrical trailer for The LEGO Movie coming next February. This new spot features mostly footage from the previous trailers, but there's some funny new moments with Emmet, especially when he's loading up some cats into a truck. In addition, this new spot touts 183 unique characters, which is pretty damn impressive. There have been rumblings that some Star Wars LEGO characters will pop up in the movie, but we're not sure who will appear. Watch now!
Disney's latest fairytale Frozen hits the big screen today, just in time for families to get together for Thanksgiving and head out to the movies. There's been plenty of praise for the non-Pixar film, and it might even be better than Disney's recent triumphs Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Whether the story lands for audiences or not, one thing can't be denied: the snowy animated landscapes of the film are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. They're realistic, stunning and just perfect, mostly because of how the snow is animated. Now we have a featurette that dives into the making of these animated effects by the use of what is called a material point method for snow simulation. This one is for the hardcore nerds out there. Watch !
We've already seen a teaser trailer for next year's release of The Boxtrolls, the latest stop-motion animated film from Laika, the studio behind the films Coraline and ParaNorman. Now a second trailer has surfaced, and this one goes behind the scenes of the painstaking production, showing the hands who move these intricate characters and set pieces frame by frame. Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters and follows a group of sewer-dwelling oddballs, who are perceived as dangerous, but in fact have raised a orphan boy. Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg all lend their voices to characters in the film. Watch the trailer below!
After completing an Oscar qualifying run last week, Hayao Miyazaki's final animated film The Wind Rises won't hit theaters again until February. And while the film was presented with the original Japanese voiceover and English subtitles for its awards run, audiences will be able to choose whether they want the subtitled film or a version with the voices dubbed by English-speaking actors. And while the first trailer for the United States release of the film has just surfaced, we still don't know who will lend their voices to the film, which means this trailer is devoid of dialogue, relying on beautiful visuals and one of the film's songs for sound. At the very least, the visuals alone are reason enough to get excited for this movie. Watch below!
Following that amazing second trailer for The LEGO Movie, we probably couldn't be more excited for the February 2014 release from directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. But adding to the hype machine are some new posters featuring some of the dozens of characters who will be appearing in the film. What's cool about these character posters is the detail to the LEGO minifigures themselves. You can see the textures and creases from the plastic molds on some of them, and a couple even have some scratches and broken parts. In addition, a new theatrical one-sheet puts them together with some characters and vehicles we haven't seen.
Take a quick lesson in typography from French graphic designer Thibault de Fournas in a short titled From Paper to Screen. Created as his Graduation Project, the animated short shows "typography evolution from paper to screen," including a fun lesson in how it evolved in cinema. Of course the biggest reference is Saul Bass, who "changed everything" with the way he presented title screens. Ever since then we've been inundated with every kind of different title possible, but there are people like Woody Allen who still use the classic style-less B&W text. I've also got a soft spot for anything that uses "Clair de Lune" perfectly. Enjoy!
As we learned earlier this year, The Wind Rises will be the final film from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The Studio Ghibli production was picked up by Disney who will release the film in limited theaters on February 21st next year, and expand the release the following week. But Disney will also give the film an Oscar qualifying run for a week only in New York and Los Angeles from November 8th-14th this year. We've already seen a beautiful extended trailer for the animated film, and now the first poster for the US release is here. It's sad knowing this is Miyazaki's last film, but it looks like he'll go out with a bang.
Next year, DreamWorks Animation is bringing the short cartoon Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the big screen in a feature length animated film. The shorts were originally part of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," and now the squirrel and moose duo are also getting revived. The animation studio has just announced creation of a new short that will bring back Rocky & Bullwinkle along with their adversaries Boris and Natasha. June Foray will return as the iconic voice of Rocket J. Squirrel and "Spongebob Squarepants" himself, Tom Kenny, will provide the voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose in the animated short arriving in 2014.
Though we may not see Bill Murray get back to busting ghosts in Ghostbusters 3, DreamWorks Animation has secured the actor to voice a ghoul in their forthcoming comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. The film stars follow Seth Rogen as a new ghost named Jackson Moss, who works as an agent at the titular top-secret government agency that protects humans from evil hauntings. When he and his partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy) uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O., they must use their skills to defeat the agency's Most Wanted Haunter and his powerful ghost army, and save the world. So what's Murray's role?
"I know what you're thinking. 'He is the least qualified person to lead us.' And you are right!" Following yesterday's character teasers, the second full length trailer for The LEGO Movie is here, and this looks like another animated hit from Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). It's clever, funny, and has all sorts of LEGO building action. The voices chosen for every role are perfect, especially Chris Pratt as Emmet and Will Arnett as Batman. Also, we're pretty sure that's Will Forte as Abraham Lincoln in a rocket chair. This looks better than we ever imagined and we can't wait to see it. Watch below!
There's a new trailer for the animated adventure The LEGO Movie from directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) coming tomorrow, but Warner Bros. has been introducing us to some of the characters with short little teasers featuring Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), President Business (Will Ferrell) and Batman (Will Arnett). Each of the videos are pretty funny, especially the one with Batman, who doesn't seem all that keen on performing, until Superman shows up. This movie could give us a comedic Batman vs. Superman before the actual film arrives in 2014.
Well, if the dull adventure from Disney's Planes wasn't enough for the kids this year, the House of Mouse is bringing Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) back pretty damn quick. Just as we presumed earlier this summer with a slate of Disney's forthcoming films, Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to the animated spin-off that takes place in the world of Pixar's Cars (though the animation studio is not involved with the production). Despite the fantastic animation, this looks like it should be a straight-to-DVD release like Planes should have been, but Disney knows they get kids in seats with these long toy commercials now.
What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs missed Earth and dinosaurs kept living? Aw look, it's Arlo and his pet human! Out of nowhere, the first teaser poster for Pixar's next release, The Good Dinosaur, has debuted online thanks to poster blog J Posters (who put their watermark all over this thing). Pixar fans may recall that The Good Dinosaur was just delayed from summer 2014 to November 2015, a huge change even though D23 attendees already saw footage and the project has been in production since 2010 at least. This poster finally gives the public a clear look at the two lead characters, the Apatosaurus named Arlo and his human pet (who doesn't seem to have a name yet). Take a look below as we wait patiently for the trailer.
It's about time we went back in time again, right? DreamWorks Animation is bringing the classic cartoon short Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the big screen in a feature length animated film, and the first trailer has arrived with some wacky time traveling antics in ancient Egypt. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") voices the genius dog, while Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voices his adopted boy Sherman. The duo have to fix something in the past after Sherman's preppy classmate Penny convinces him to use the WABAC for a quick trip to the past. And you can't miss Patrick Warburton and other voices in the cast. Watch!