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'Frozen 2' is Officially in the Works with Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck

Frozen

Even though co-directors Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck recently revealed they have no idea what to do for a sequel to their hit animated musical Frozen, that's not stopping Disney from officially announcing Frozen 2. Hot on the heels of news of the release for Star Wars: Episode VIII and the title of the first Star Wars spin-off, Disney also made development of the sequel official when Disney CEO Bob Iger, John Lasseter and the film's co-star Josh Gad announced the news at a shareholders meeting today. However, at this point, there's no word on a release date, story or anything like that; Disney is creating early hype. Read on!

 Posted March 12 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Toy Story 4' Adds Josh Cooley as Co-Director with John Lasseter

Toy Story

We've still got a couple years before Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 16th, 2017, but since animated movies require a lot of hard work over a long period of time, Pixar Animation is moving right along on crafting the feature film. When the project was announced last fall, the original film's director and Pixar COO John Lasseter was revealed to direct, but now the animation powerhouse has announced that Inside Out head of story Josh Cooley will join Lasseter as co-director on the sequel. Cooley started from the bottom as an intern in the story department on Cars, and look where he's at now. That's pretty amazing.

 Posted March 12 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: The Drac Pack is Back in 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Teaser Trailer

Hotel Transylvania 2

Since The Wolf Pack from The Hangover franchise isn't meant for children at all, parents will want to take their kids to see what is being dubbed "The Drac Pack" in the teaser trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, the animated sequel from Sony Pictures Animation. Adam Sandler is back as Dracula, and in this teaser, he's teaching his half-human, half-vampire grandson how to fly by dropping him from a pretty big height. I wasn't in love with the first film in this series, but this teaser trailer is pretty amusing, especially when Frank (Kevin James) catches on fire. No sign of Mel Brooks as Drac's father Vlad yet though. Watch!

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

Must Watch: Pixar's Second Full 'Inside Out' Trailer Has All the Feels

Inside Out

"I loved you in Fairy Dream Adventure Part 7." This summer brings Pixar Animation's latest feature film, Inside Out, and now the full theatrical trailer for the adventure inside the mind has been unveiled. Finally we get a sense of the story we're dealing with here as a little accident finds Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) trying to fix a problem with Riley's emotions and memories as she adjusts to life in San Francisco. Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) are left trying to keep things in order, but it's not easy. This looks absolutely wonderful, imaginative with Pixar at its best. Watch!

 Posted March 10 in Animation, Pixar, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: New Trailer for Bill Plympton's Beautifully Animated 'Cheatin''

Bill Plympton's Cheatin'

It's rare we get to feature some stunning hand-drawn animation, so anytime we get the opportunity it's always an exciting moment. Thanks to a tip from our friends at FSR, there's a brand new trailer out for Bill Plympton's animated film Cheatin'. It was actually finished back in 2013, but has been taking its sweet time to get released and is finally hitting theaters/VOD starting in April. The film, which runs 76 minutes in total, is about a couple named Jake and Ella who meet in a "fateful bumper car collision", end up married as the most romantic couple ever until another woman gets in the way and causes some "cheatin'". This looks like an emotional take on a story we've all seen before, but the animation is what makes it so special. Enjoy.

 Posted March 9 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck Have No Idea What to Do for 'Frozen 2'

Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck

If you're one of those Frozen fans who is excited to see a sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios, you may want to sit down. While there have been rumblings of Frozen 2 from Idina Menzel, one of the film's stars, co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck currently have no idea what to do about a sequel. Speaking with BuzzFeed, the duo have confirmed that there is not yet a sequel in the works. There's no script, no development and not even an idea. Addressing the rampant rumors, Buck said, "It’s been in the press that we are doing it, and we would ask each other, 'Are we?'" Well, that doesn't sound very promising.

 Posted March 9 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

It's Lights, Camera, Beagle on New Posters for 'The Peanuts Movie'

Peanuts

We've still got about eight months to wait until we see The Peanuts Movie hit the big screen, but that's not stopping 20th Century Fox from teasing the first big screen outing for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang with some new character posters. What's interesting, is it seems like Fox has noticed that audiences aren't quite as familiar with the Peanuts moniker as they are with Snoopy and Charlie Brown since their names have been made much bigger than the actual title of the film itself on these posters. It certainly seems like the marketing will play up the well-known characters more than the comic strip title.

 Posted March 4 in Animation, Hype, Posters | Comments

Warner Bros. Turning Animated 'Adventure Time' into Feature Film

Adventure Time

The wild and wacky journeys of Finn and Jake are heading to the big screen. Deadline has word that Cartoon Network's hit animated series Adventure Time is being developed by the channel's sister company Warner Bros. Pictures for a feature film adaptation. The LEGO Movie co-director and producer Chris McKay and Roy Lee are producing the film, so it's bound to be great. For those who don't know, the series follows a 12-year old boy named Finn and his talking dog best friend Jake who go on endless quests to protect their beloved Land of Ooo, usually from the Ice King who is searching for his Princess Bubblegum.

 Posted March 1 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

Disney Teases 'Frozen Fever' Animated Short with Brand New Song

Frozen Fever

Earlier this month, we got a first look at Frozen Fever, an animated short featuring the characters from the 2013 animated Disney musical hit Frozen. Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad are all lending their voices to the little story that will debut only in theaters with Cinderella on March 13th, and now a quick teaser of the short has arrived, complete with a sneak peek at the new original song from Oscar winners Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez. It basically shows the scenes that were teased in the first stills, plus a little more. It looks like it'll be a nice treat for Frozen fans. Watch below!

 Posted February 25 in Animation, Hype, To Watch | Comments

'Community' Director Rob Schrab Taking Over 'The LEGO Movie 2'

The LEGO Movie

There's been a change in directors for the developing sequel to last year's animated hit The LEGO Movie. Nearly a year ago, Chris McKay, who essentially co-directed the original with Phil Lord & Chris Miller, was hired to be at the helm of The LEGO Movie 2. But since then, Warner Bros. Pictures has done some shuffling. Previously, the sequel was dated for May 26th, 2017, but that's when the LEGO Batman spin-off (which will now be directed by McKay instead) will arrive, which means The LEGO Movie 2 will now arrive on May 25th, 2018. And following the release date change last fall, THR reports "Community" and "The Mindy Project" director Rob Schrab will now be at the helm of the animated film for his feature debut.

 Posted February 24 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Stunning Fantasy Romance Animated Short Film 'Cloudrise'

Cloudrise Short Film

"Don't you dare let me go!" Wow - this is one outstanding, breathtaking animated short film. Cloudrise is a beautiful short animated and directed by Denver Jackson of "DJaxx Studio". The story focuses on Miko and Tenku, who fight off invading pirates on their airship, as this takes place in a "fantasy world above the clouds". The short has a kind of Legend of Korra meets Paperman vibe to it, and I'm really making this comparison in a good way, because those are two of my favorite animated creations in recent years. Aside from the stunning home-made animation, this is an excellent example of innovative storytelling, giving us bits and pieces of the story through creative editing and reveals. This is definitely worth your time to watch.

 Posted February 19 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Featurette on Making of the Adorable Disney Short 'Feast'

Feast

If you saw Disney's animated superhero flick Big Hero 6 last year, then you've already seen the adorable short film that preceded it from the feature's co-head of animation, Patrick Wilson (no, not the actor). Feast was a lovely, charming tale of a Boston terrier named Winston through whom we see various stages of his owner’s life, specifically at meal time. It's a unique perspective for the short story, and it's greatly affecting and moving. Now Disney has released a quick making of featurette that's just over a minute long as to how the story went from storyboard to pre-visualization to final animation. There's even footage of a real Boston terrier used as reference for the animators. We'd love to see more of the process though. Watch now!

 Posted February 16 in Animation, Featurette, To Watch | Comments

Watch This One-Hour Making of 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Doc

How to Train Your Dragon 2

As upset as many are that The LEGO Movie didn't get an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Film, and it also lost the Golden Globe, fans of animation should still be happy that a film like DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is still getting plenty of love during awards season. It's a rare worthy sequel that is just as good, if not maybe a little better, than its predecessor with a story that still has a lot of heart, beautiful visuals and a fantastic adventure. And if you're interested in really diving in to how the film was made, a stellar, well-crafted one-hour documentary on the film's production is online. Watch!

 Posted February 12 in Animation, Docs, To Watch | Comments

Did You Know That 'Frozen' is Unfair to Men & Bad for Young Boys?

Frozen

If you've been paying attention to movies lately, you know that men are constantly being depicted unfairly as being bumbling idiots or tyrannical villains. When's the last time you saw a movie showing a handsome man as the hero? Meanwhile, women are having all the fun, taking all the meaty roles in Hollywood, winning all the awards, and every single superhero movie out there is taken by a female. Well, this seems to be because of something called "The Frozen Effect," named for the Disney animated film Frozen from 2013 where two sisters take the lead, while the major male roles are relegated to an oafish ice salesman or an awful phony lover. This is a problem, and it's dissected with flawless logic and awareness below. Watch!

 Posted February 5 in Animation, Humor, To Watch | Comments

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