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"In 2019, you're cordially invited to meet the biggest rascal of the Royal Family." Oy vey. Lionsgate UK has released the first teaser trailer for a cute animated comedy titled The Queen's Corgi, made by Belgian animation studio nWave Pictures and the same director who most recently made the animated film The Son of Bigfoot. nWave's The Queen's Corgi is indeed about (one of) the Queen's (many) corgis, a lovable little puppy named Rex. One day he loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. The voice cast hasn't been revealed yet, only this teaser trailer and a few posters. As cute as this looks, I have a feeling it's going to be so bad. Most of the films made by nWave turn out terrible.
"It is new, it is different, and therefore we should fear it." A-ha that's a good one. Disney has debuted a final international (UK) trailer for the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, to top off the third trailer we posted a few weeks ago. John C. Reilly returns as the voice of Ralph, the "bad guy" who is really a good guy, from the first Wreck-It Ralph movie released in 2012. This time he follows Vanellope, voiced again by Sarah Silverman, into the internet and there they meet the "netizens", getting in all kinds of trouble looking for a part they need to repair Vanellope's game in the arcade. The voice cast also features Taraji P. Henson, Kelly Macdonald, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Alan Tudyk, Jane Lynch, Idina Menzel, Jack McBrayer, Jodi Benson, as well as Gal Gadot (who doesn't get any time in this trailer). I'm already completely sold on this movie, it's looking like another stand out sequel this year.
"This is the story of how fear contaminated the world." Shout Factory has debuted the first official trailer for an animated adventure from Brazil titled Tito and the Birds, also known as Tito e os Pássaros. The film tells the story of a boy who discovers, along with his father, the the cure for fear, an epidemic that is sweeping the world and turning people into rocks. It's animated by hand in a gorgeous oil painted style that is truly mesmerizing to look at. Even if there isn't as much detail as usually seen in animation, it's just so spectacular, I could stare at the frames for hours just admiring them. I caught this film at the Annecy Film Festival this summer and wrote a rave review. It also just played at TIFF and is playing at the Animation Is Film festival next, before hopefully getting a theatrical release later this year. I really, really adore this film.
"So you want to learn to be Spider-Man?" Yessss! Sony Pictures has revealed another fantastic new trailer for their animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which seriously looks outstanding. Phil Lord & Chris Miller wrote the script and are producing this film, and they keep promising groundbreaking animation work in this. It really looks like it has that potential. Shameik Moore (from Dope) provides the voice of Miles Morales, and the cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Lily Tomlin, along with surprise guests. This looks like so much crazy fun, and I'm so happy they're going full-Spidey by bringing in all the different version of the character. How crazy is that?! I'm so so excited to see this movie, only a few more months to go. Suit up!
"There's no way you two can run forever." GKids has debuted a gnarly red band trailer for an animated movie from France titled MFKZ, made by Shôjirô Nishimi & Guillaume Renard, based on Renard's comic book series. The title is an abbreviation because the actual French title is Mutafukaz, but you can't put that out in the US. The film is described as a "dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision that mixes anime, film noir, and Lucha Libre in an orgy of video game-inspired mayhem." The feature is a collaboration between French comic artist Guillaume "RUN" Renard and the "ultra-hip" Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, of Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party, and Mind Game. The new English release features the voices of Michael Chiklis, Giancarlo Esposito, Jorge Gutierrez, Dascha Polanco, RZA, Vince Staples, and Danny Trejo. This actually looks crazy cool, something different. And good to see another R-rated animated movie.
"She's your sister. You have to protect her." GKids has unveiled a new official trailer for the animated film Mirai, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Directors' Fortnight earlier this year. The latest film by master Japanese animation filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast), the film is a delightful adventure following a young Japanese boy living with his parents. His life is disrupted by the arrival of a newborn baby girl, named Mirai, which his parents bring home one day. He soon after discovers a magical garden in his home which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras. He's guided by his younger sister from the future. The voice cast includes Haru Kuroki, Moka Kamishiraishi, Gen Hoshino, Kôji Yakusho, Kumiko Asô, and Yoshiko Miyazaki. It's an adorable, whimsical, fun little animated film. Give it a whirl.
"When the time came, I knew how to give the crowd something to stand up for." Now here's a terrific short film for sports fans. Do or Die is a short doc made by Dan Klores, who's also making a 20-episode series titled "Basketball: A Love Story" for ESPN. It's a journey back to the 1977-78 NBA season. The scoring title came down to the final day of the season, between "San Antonio's silky-smooth forward" George Gervin, and "high-flying Denver showman" David Thompson. They realized it was "do or die" that final day, and so the "greatest shootout in NBA history" took place - even though they weren't on the same court. There's no footage of the games, so this animates their games and uses interviews to tell the rest of the story. Enjoy.
Somewhere, in space, this could all be happening right now. Check out this new fan-made trailer for Star Wars: A New Hope, remade into a Japanese anime. It's awesome. Really, the animation work in this is fantastic, and I'd seriously pay god money watch this movie if they actually made it. Every once in a while, someone will re-imagine live-action movies as anime (or in the style of Pixar) and it's almost always cool to see. We're in the midst of a new era of Star Wars movies, but it's also nice to go back to the original movie that started it all. The anime characters here are pretty much spot on, and I wish this could really be turned into a feature-length film (why not just watch the original film, right?). Anyway, see the anime trailer below.
"For those who support our dreams." Another wonderful short to brighten up your day (or week, perhaps?). One Small Step is the first short made by a brand new animation studio called Taiko Studios. Founded by Shaofu Zhang, who worked at Disney for years on films including Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana, the studio is a powerful new animation house that operates between America and China. Co-directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, who worked with the animators in China from their offices in Burbank, is about a Chinese-American girl with great big dreams of becoming an astronaut. This definitely borrows a bit from the Pixar and Disney playbooks, but it's still charming and beautifully animated anyway. Watch below.
"Who knew there were so many babies & cats in the world?" Disney has revealed another full-length official trailer for the animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, following the second trailer unveiled in June. Arriving in theaters in only two more months! John C. Reilly returns as the voice of Ralph, the "bad guy" who is really a good guy, from the first Wreck-It Ralph movie released in 2012. This time he follows Vanellope, voiced again by Sarah Silverman, into the internet and there they meet the "netizens", getting in all kinds of trouble and, as the title says, they wind up breaking the internet. The full cast features Taraji P. Henson, Kelly Macdonald, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Alan Tudyk, Jane Lynch, Idina Menzel, Jack McBrayer, Jodi Benson, as well as Gal Gadot. The more we see from this sequel, the better it looks! I'm really impressed by this footage, it seems like a super fun time at the movies.
"You're a mean one…" Universal & Illumination have debuted a third official US trailer for Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, their new animated take on the classic Christmas story about the lovable green grump the Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch. The rest of the voice cast still hasn't been revealed yet, since they don't seem to be in this much. "The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit." The exact same classic Dr. Seuss story as we've seen told many times before, but with some funky Illumination flourishes. I'm still not particularly excited about this beyond Cumberbatch as the Grinch, I just hope it turns out okay. The is the best trailer of all of them so far, which makes me a bit more hopeful. Meet the Green one below.
"I'm here to warn you: Shadow's planning an attack, man." Signature Entertainment has debuted a new UK trailer for an animated adventure comedy titled Flying the Nest, originally titled Ploey - You Never Fly Alone. This film comes from Iceland, telling the heart-warming tale of how far a little bird will go to be reunited with his true love. The story follows a young plover bird, a wading bird similar to sandpipers. Left behind by his flock, a little plover named Ploey must embark on a journey where he must use his cunning, and rely on the help of newly-found friends to make it through the winter and see his true love again. The voice cast includes Jamie Oram, Harriet Perring, Iain Stuart Robertson, Richard Cotton, Þórunn Erna Clausen, and Thomas Arnold. All the birds in this are super cute, it looks like an entertaining film.