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Despite the fact that the film doesn't hit theaters until Friday, Warner Bros. is already so confident in The LEGO Movie that the studio has already commissioned a writer to script a sequel. That's not a guarantee that it will get made until the actual box office receipts come in, but the film is tracking very well. In the meantime, why not check out how this stunningly animated film was made, complete with a mix of CG animation and practical stop-motion animation using real LEGO pieces. Despite the seemingly limited range of the LEGO minifig faces, Chris Pratt says the facial expressions are pretty dead on. Watch below!
In just four days, audiences will see the unique building blocks of The LEGO Movie come together thanks to the minds of directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. So far the buzz has been great with a variety of critics calling the film original, funny and offering proof that not every film based on established intellectual property has to be without creativity. And just as Lord & Miller's take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs inspired a sequel last year, Warner Bros. is already developing a sequel to The LEGO Movie with The Internship and Mr. Popper's Penguins scribe Jared Stern hired to write the animated follow-up. Read on!
Despite receiving heaps of praise for his more mature dramatic work (namely Boyhood and the Before trilogy), filmmaker Richard Linklater is still attached to the upcoming The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake at Warner Bros. We first wrote about his involvement a few years ago, back in 2011, reporting that he was slated to be hired and did get the job. Ever since then he's been working on this project and now seems to be making a few major steps forward. Most importantly, he has hired two animation filmmakers to work on the animation half of the film - Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, of the project Last Hijack.
Just last week, Kevin Hart was linked to DreamWorks Animation's adaptation of the favorite children's book series Captain Underpants and now he's got another animated flick lined up with a fellow stand-up comedian. Deadline has word that Hart and Louis C.K. will lend their voices to Illumination Entertainment's Untitled Pets Movie hitting theaters on February 12th, 2016. The film follows a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.) who gets agitated when his master brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But things get worse when the two dogs find themselves stuck in the streets of New York City, until they meet a new animal friend who might cause more trouble than expected. Read on!
The newest film from Disney Animation is holding strong with Frozen pulling in over $763 million at the worldwide box office to date. Audiences just can't get enough of the fairytale, especially the film's incredible soundtrack, full of original new songs. The breakout hit is "Let It Go" sung by Idina Menzel, and while it didn't win the Golden Globe, the song is nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, and it could take home the big award. In the meantime, Disney has just released the scene with the song in question, but sang in 25 different languages. And that's not all the cool stuff we have for the Frozen fans.
Back in 2011, we learned that DreamWorks Animation would bring the popular children's book series Captain Underpants to life on the big screen with Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman at the helm. Over two years later, we finally have a voice cast assembled for the project. For those who don't know, the film follows a couple of precocious fourth graders named George Beard and Harold Hutchins. Looking to get back at nasty, student-hating principal Mr. Benny Krupp, the boys hypnotize the principal and turn him into Captain Underpants. Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch play the kids, but what about our hero?
Honestly, the first trailer for DreamWorks Animation's adaptation of the old cartoon shorts Mr. Peabody & Sherman didn't seem all that enticing. Obviously, the film is geared towards kids and families, but that doesn't mean all the humor needs to be childish and silly. Unfortunately the film doesn't seem to have the cleverness that made the original cartoon shorts from "Rocky and Bullwinkle" entertaining for kids and adults alike. This second theatrical trailer is a little better, giving the genius dog (voiced by Ty Burrell) credit for creating fist bumping, autotune and Zoomba. But then it's ruined by low brow humor again. We're hoping the film has more in store than this. Also, did you hear Stephen Colbert in there? Watch below!
After seeing a couple character posters for Batman and Superman in The LEGO Movie, we finally get to hear the LEGO version of the Man of Steel, as voiced by Channing Tatum. A new TV spot has put a quick spotlight on The Big Blue Boy Scout leading up to the February release of the film. The inclusion of these characters makes for quite an expansive LEGO universe, combining characters in a single film that we might otherwise never see together. While this also sadly makes for more exploitative merchandising and toys, the clever work of Phil Lord & Chris Miller should make it worth it on the big screen. Watch the spot below!
"I am ruined by whimsy!" Nice one, Apu. With legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement last year, the animation community has started working in tributes to his work. The latest comes from The Simpsons, where an entire scene featured in the middle of an upcoming episode pays tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's films. It's actually a very charming, adorable tribute that intertwines perfectly with the crude humor of the show itself. Aside from obvious references like the Catbus and Howl's Moving Castle, there's tons of other nods involving many of the Simpsons characters. See the video below.
We just recently got a funny look at more of Muppets Most Wanted by way of an online promo using some amusing, fake Twitter hype. And for anyone who's already excited to see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all their Muppet pals back on the big screen with stars like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, there's something else to be excited about too. Attached to the Disney film will be Pixar Animation's short film Party Central, taking a cue from the Oozma Kappa fraternity from last year's Monsters University. The film took eight months to make and now we have a first look photo from the short film.
We can't wait for January to be over. Not only does it mean that we've already seen the barrage of films at Sundance Film Festival, but it also means we're done with all the garbage that gets dumped on the big screen that month. In addition, it also means we're closer to see The LEGO Movie on the big screen in February. The most recent theatrical trailer made it look fun as hell, and the inclusion of various iconic characters like Batman, Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more will make it fun for everyone. Now Supes (voiced by Channing Tatum) gets his own simple character poster (since he didn't get one in the last batch). Again, the details of the texture of his hair, and the painted-on face are great. Look below!
While many are excited to see Marvel's sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the debut of Guardians of the Galaxy, there's another Marvel film that people shouldn't forget. Now that the comic book studio is situated at Disney, we're finally getting some animated superhero action again with Big Hero 6. The project was officially announced at the studio's D23 Expo last summer with a tease of the futuristic, fictional setting of San Fransokyo, but we've yet to see any of the heroes in action. With a November 7th, 2014 release planned, we're bound to get a first look soon, and the film will have an additional co-director.
If you've yet to round up the whole family to go see Disney's new animated wonder that is Frozen, it's time to remedy that immediately. The film is stunning and charming, with music that you won't be able to get out of your head for days (in a good way). In fact, Frozen has earned over $506 million at the worldwide box office, and its $263 million in the US has made it the second most successful Walt Disney Animation Studios film behind The Lion King. However, a fan of the film has gone and made the heart-melting ending even more touching. Reprising the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" tune from the beginning of the film, they add a little musical cue to make it that much more beautiful. It's a shame Disney didn't think of this. Watch!
"Can any man not have a fire inside that no one else can see?" One of the Christmas Day releases this year is the long-awaited samurai action movie 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves as a samurai who leads 46 other ronin to seek revenge. To introduce the story to audiences Universal has made an animated prologue. The short video features a child giving a voiceover talking about the history of Reeves' character Kai, with animated visuals in the "Hyper Motion Cinema" style (similar to HaZ's Fubar Redux). It's a cool video with some sleek visuals, but doesn't really get me more excited. "Samurai are trained in peace, but born in war."