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Cannes 2016: Michael Dudok de Wit's 'The Red Turtle' is Magnificent

The Red Turtle

What a magnificent one-of-a-kind animated film. The Red Turtle is animated film from director Michael Dudok de Wit, produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata involved as an artistic consultant, even though the animation was finished in France. The film is about a man who washes up on a desert island after a destructive storm, and every time he attempts to build a bamboo raft and escape, a red turtle appears out of nowhere and demolishes it. He finally gives up and accepts his fate and explores the island. The film is very simple and tells an inspiring story without any dialogue, only a few shouts of "hey" and other noises, but that's it. It's so simple yet so beautiful; I honestly was moved to tears by a few scenes.

 Posted May 18 in Animation, Cannes 16, Review | Comments

See the First Trailer for Studio Ghibli-Produced Film 'The Red Turtle'

The Red Turtle Trailer

My goodness this looks absolutely wonderful. Studio Ghibli has unveiled a trailer for the animated movie The Red Turtle, which they collaborated on during the storyboard and development phase (animation was finished mostly in France). Directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit, the animated movie is entirely dialogue free and tells the story of a man stuck on a desert island who encounters a mysterious red turtle that always thwarts his attempts to leave. This trailer shows quite a bit, but not too much, as this is the kind of film you should save for seeing in theaters when it's released. The Red Turtle premieres at the Cannes Film Festival and I'll be seeing the very first showing. Catch this trailer in the meantime. Have fun.

 Posted May 13 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: New Trailer for Animated 'Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants'

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Trailer

"Now the fate of this tiny world depends of the courage of a little ladybug." Aside from Pixar's A Bug's Life, we haven't seen that many animated films about bugs, but here's another one. Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an animated adventure about two tribes of ants - black and red - that end up in a war against each other after a box of sugar is discovered. This movie was actually first released in Europe in 2014 and is just now coming out in the UK, which is why there's a new trailer in 2016. It looks as if it's almost entirely dialogue-free, with the ants communicating through noises rather than any language. A male ladybug ends up caught in the middle of the battle, and just might help save the day. This doesn't look so bad, or does it?

 Posted April 29 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Another Awesome New Trailer for Laika's 'Kubo and the Two Strings'

Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

"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.

 Posted April 28 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Pets Get into Trouble Another New Trailer for 'The Secret Life of Pets'

The Secret Life of Pets

"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.

 Posted April 12 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look: Guillermo del Toro's 'Trollhunters' Movie from DreamWorks

Trollhunters First Look

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.

 Posted April 6 in Animation, First Look, Hype | Comments

Seth Rogen's Red Band 'Sausage Party' Trailer in Raunchy & Insane

Sausage Party Trailer

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!

 Posted March 17 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Laika's 'Kubo and the Two Strings' Gets Another Gorgeous Trailer

Kubo and the Two Strings

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!

 Posted March 11 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: 'Zootopia' is a Reminder of How Great Animated Films Can Be

Zootopia

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.

 Posted March 5 in Animation, Review | Comments

Watch: Oscar Nominated Short Film 'We Can't Live Without Cosmos'

We Can't Live Without Cosmos Short Film

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.

 Posted February 25 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Trailer #2 for Blue Sky's Animated 'Ice Age: Collision Course' Sequel

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Trailer

"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!

 Posted February 3 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Another Full Trailer for Illumination's Amusing 'The Secret Life of Pets'

The Secret Life of Pets

"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.

 Posted January 28 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Meet Mighty Eagle in Second Trailer for Sony's 'The Angry Birds Movie'

Angry Birds Movie

"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.

 Posted January 27 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Meet Snowball the Rabbit in New Trailer for 'The Secret Life of Pets'

Snowball - The Secret Life of Pets

"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!

 Posted January 14 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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