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"Claim your birthright, Kubo. Give this story a happy ending." Focus Features has unveiled a third and final trailer for Laika's latest stop-motion adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. The more we see from this, the more I have to say - this looks so freakin' awesome, I cannot wait to see it. The story behind Kubo and the entire world they've created for this is amazing. Even the way he uses his guitar to make things happen, and all the crazy cool shots in this, it's all impressive. Art Parkinson voices Kubo, and the full cast includes Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa & George Takei. This is seriously one of my most anticipated movies coming up this year. Enjoy.
"How you been, old timer?" "Paralyzed!" Universal has debuted another new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, the upcoming animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment following a group of pets who get into some crazy trouble while their owners are out at work. This full-length "international" trailer finally focuses on the actual two main characters - two dogs who aren't really friends because one is new, and they break out and get into even more trouble when they meet up with other pets. The main voices include Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks and Eric Stonestreet. The more we see from this movie, the better it looks (I love dogs!), I'm already excited to check it out in theaters.
From his mind to the big screen. DreamWorks Animation has unveiled the first image from their upcoming project Trollhunters, their latest collaboration with Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro imagined and started developing Trollhunters a few years back, around the time he sold The Strain, the vampire trilogy he wrote with Chuck Hogan. "I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," Del Toro initially stated. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid." This first photo seen below shows two of the main characters from the movie, a sword-wielding human and a big (supposedly friendly) troll. Check it out.
After tackling the apocalypse in This Is The End, you would think that writers and producers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg couldn't get any more insane. But then we saw the red band trailer for their first animated venture, Sausage Party. In the movie, all food wants to be is bought and taken home, but when a pack of sausages, potatoes, buns and more find out what really happens to food when it goes home with people, they set out to get back to the store and save all their friends. This trailer may just make you regret eating hot dogs and everything else along with them at a barbecue. Okay, not really. But it's pretty funny. Watch now!
Laika can do no wrong when it comes to stop-motion animation, and their latest project, the epic adventure Kubo and the Two Strings, is no exception. This looks like the animation studio's most impressive achievement yet, and the latest trailer will astound you when you remember that this movie is carefully crafted frame-by-frame. The story sees young Kubo setting off on a journey to learn about his samurai father's mysterious past, encountering dangerous mythical creatures and more. Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron accompany him as a loyal warrior and a talking monkey, respectively. Watch below!
The Pixar train has been running so fast and furiously the past couple of decades you'd almost be justified in forgetting about Disney's own animation studio. It's hard to believe we're 20 years or so removed from Disney being the strongest force when it comes to animated features. They do make themselves known every now and again, and their latest work, Zootopia, is a strong reminder of the quality in entertainment Disney can achieve when they flex their animators' skills. A consistently funny narrative littered with interesting characters and a healthy message to boot, Zootopia makes even the latest efforts from Pixar – The Good Dinosaur, at least – seem childish by comparison. It's no revelation that Disney was first when it comes to animation, but it's a nice surprise to see them reclaim such a title when they finish a project such as this.
With the Academy Awards just a few days away, there's no better time to watch one of the five nominated Best Animated Short Films. In addition to our top recommendation - Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow (which you can watch here) - one of the other shorts available online is We Can't Live Without Cosmos from Russian filmmaker/animator Konstantin Bronzit. The short follows two cosmonaut friends training for a mission in space. As Wired points out, this is "for every kid who went to Space Camp (or wanted to) and dreamed of one day doing real astronaut training with their best friend." The short is entirely dialogue free and yet still conveys plenty of emotion. It's now available to watch in full for free below - take a look.
"Don't you hurry me!" 20th Century Fox has unveiled the new trailer for Blue Sky Animation's latest sequel, Ice Age: Collision Course, bringing back Manny, Sid and Diego for another adventure. We've already featured the full-length Scrat short as well as the first official trailer for this fourth sequel in the Ice Age series. This new trailer continues with footage of a giant asteroid flying towards Earth, breaking down into purple glowing rocks with an electrical charge. I'm still not sure how many are looking forward to this, but have at it. The new voice cast in this includes Nick Offerman, Simon Pegg & Melissa Rauch. Have fun!
"We can find our way home - we are descended from the mighty wolf. We have raw primal instincts that are moments away from leading us home." Universal has released another brand new, full-length trailer for Illumination Entertainment's upcoming animated movie The Secret Life of Pets, about what your pets do when you leave for work every day. We've already featured one official trailer for this previously as well as the holiday teaser, but this trailer dives more into the story and all of the characters/animals we'll meet in this movie. The main voices include Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate and Eric Stonestreet. This does look fun and I'm sure it's going to be a big hit with audiences of all ages.
"Can anyone see what's going on here?" Sony has unveiled a second trailer for their upcoming animated The Angry Birds Movie, which even features a Michael Jackson song, because what better way to sell this junk than connect it with Michael Jackson. This animated movie is based on the popular video game series and it seems about as completely brainless as the games, without much of an interesting story. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage as the voice of Mighty Eagle. This doesn't look like it's worth seeing unless you have kids, but give it a look anyway in case anyone is curious to see how they turned this into a movie.
"Liberated forever, domesticated never!" What a cute little bunny… until you find out he's crazy and wants to let everyone loose! Ahhh, evil rabbit, stay away!! Universal has debuted another trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination's next animated series launching in theaters in July this summer. We've featured two teasers previously. The film is about the lives of pets when you leave for work, and as far as I know, it's going to be a huge hit. This trailer focuses on introducing the adorable little white rabbit named Snowball, voiced by Kevin Hart, who is kinda-sorta the nasty little leader of an underground animal clan. We also get to meet the two main characters, the big shaggy dog and small spotted one, in the last few scenes. Have fun!
"We may be evolved, but deep down, we are all still animals." Disney recently debuted this full-length trailer for their upcoming animated movie Zootopia, featuring Ginnifer Goodwin as the voice of Judy Hopps, the first rabbit officer of ZPD, and Jason Bateman as the voice of a fox named Nick Wilde. This trailer finally sets up the story and the moment these two cross paths. It also fully introduces the world of "Zootopia", described as: "a gleaming city where animals of all breeds, predator and prey alike, live together in peace and harmony." Also featuring the voices of Idris Elba, Alan Tudyk, J.K. Simmons and Jenny Slate. This actually looks entertaining, better than you might be expecting after the first trailers. Have fun.
"You can't be serious!" Good news, Ghibli fans! GKids has already re-released the 1991 animated film Only Yesterday at the IFC Center theater in New York City, and should be expanding it to more theaters later in February. The new re-release version of this film features the voice of Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridey, as well as Dev Patel, meaning it has been redubbed in English if you catch it in theaters in 2016. The animated film is about a 27-year-old girl who travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood growing up in Tokyo. It's one of the most beloved Ghibli films. Go see it in theaters if you can.
So this is the new version Studio Ghibli. No longer producing feature films on their own, they're now an animation collaborator, working with global production companies and filmmakers to help animate their stories. While this news was first reported in April (by Screen Daily), a few weeks ago Studio Ghibli in Japan announced that they're co-producing, with French distributor Wild Bunch, an animated movie called The Red Turtle. Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit is directing, along with Japanese animation legend Isao Takahata working as Artistic Producer. Studio Ghibli will release the film in 2016 in Japan.