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"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.
"We have perfected and streamlined the process, devising a zero mistake workflow." Warner Bros has debuted a trailer for their new animated movie called Storks, which is actually co-directed by Nicholas Stoller, the director of the comedies Neighbors, Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The voice cast features Andy Samberg as the voice of Junior, the top delivery stork at a global internet sales company; Kelsey Grammer voices the CEO of that company. This is mostly just an introductory trailer with Grammer explaining what goes on at their baby delivering factory. "From the studio that delivered The LEGO Movie, see Storks in theaters September 2016." I don't know, I prefer Secret Life of Pets a bit more.
"We are a passionate group of artists who believe that the smallest details help tell the bigger story." This month, Laika Entertainment based in Portland, Oregon is celebrating 10 years of "bold and memorable filmmaking". Laika is the stop-motion animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings (coming up). They do such amazing work constructing these wonderful films by hand, retouching frame-by-frame, moment-by-moment, creating everything from scratch and animating it painstakingly day-after-day. To celebrate the occasion, they've released a short 10th Anniversary video looking at the artistry behind Laika. It's a great reminder of just how much goes into this kind of animation.
"Hey look - shooting stars!" Fox has released the full trailer for Blue Sky's latest animated sequel, Ice Age: Collision Course, continuing the adventures of Scrat the sabertooth squirrel as well as Sid, Manny and Diego. For those who want to understand how this movie starts, we posted the full Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe short online showing how Scrat causes an asteroid to fly towards Earth. This trailer replays most of that short and continues with a tiny bit of footage at the end. This is the fourth sequel in the Ice Age series that started out back in 2002, and I haven't watched a single one of these since then. If you're interested in more give this a look. The voice cast this time includes Nick Offerman, Simon Pegg & Melissa Rauch. Enjoy!
The Quest Begins… Focus Features has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Laika's stop-motion animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings, a fantasy adventure inspired by "Japanese folktales and mythology, with lost civilizations, mystical origami, noble heroes, star-crossed lovers, and blood-curdling monsters." The voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Art Parkinson as Kubo. This teaser doesn't reveal too much yet, but it does give us a glimpse at the characters and the world, and I have to say - this looks awesome, I am so looking forward to it. It looks like Laika is really pushing themselves, with huge sets and challenges like rain. Enjoy!
Attention Studio Ghibli fans! The IFC Center in New York City is hosting yet another round of Studio Ghibli retrospective screenings through December. In honor of the upcoming re-release of Studio Ghibli's 1991 film Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata, GKids is helping them show six of the best Ghibli films on the big screen. Only Yesterday will be re-opening with an English language re-release in theaters this January/February. Leading up to that release, the IFC Center will show the films Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. If you're a Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki fan like I am, every opportunity to see these films on the big screen is worth considering.
I've got a good feeling about this one. We have yet to see a trailer, though hopefully there may be one soon enough. Focus Features is releasing Laika's next new stop-motion animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings next August, and they've premiered this eye-catching official poster. The film is described as a "gripping yarn woven from Japanese folktales and mythology, with lost civilizations, mystical origami, noble heroes, star-crossed lovers, and blood-curdling monsters." It features the voices of Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, George Takei, with Art Parkinson as Kubo. This is some beautiful art that shows quite a bit of promise, and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
What! This is great news for fans of Studio Ghibli. Just when we all thought things were winding down, GKids is keeping the spirit alive. Indiewire reports that GKids is going to be re-releasing Studio Ghibli's 1991 film Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata, who directed the film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya recently (read my interview with Takahata). The film is being re-released in select markets, however, with a brand new English-language voice cast - essentially a "for English-speaking audiences" re-release. Whatever it takes to get more Studio Ghibli films into this country and in front of people of all ages, I'm down with it.
"I'm not so sure I want to grow up anymore…" Paramount has released yet another new trailer for the animated movie The Little Prince, based on the beloved story Le Petit Prince which is shown in this using stop-motion. We just featured the new full-length international trailer last week (not to mention a few other trailers), and now we have another that is very similar but features some incredible new footage near the end. The English-language voice cast features Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. This does look wonderful and I still want to see it. "Do you know how to fly a plane? Buckle up."