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Review: 'Loving Vincent' is a Stunningly Gorgeous Tribute to Van Gogh

Loving Vincent Review

"The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings." My goodness this film is gorgeous. Loving Vincent is a hand-painted, animated, cinematic tribute to the tormented life and artistic legacy of famed Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Beyond telling his story (through flashbacks and interviews with people who knew him), the film is painted to look like exactly his paintings. It's one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. There were times I got completely lost staring at the art, and totally stopped listening to anything anyone was saying. In terms of animation, it's groundbreaking not just because of technique, but because the artist's own style is used perfectly to tell a story about the artist's life. Watch this film for the art alone.

 Posted September 12 in Animation, Review | Comments

Go Back to the Dawn of Man in Full Trailer for Aardman's 'Early Man'

Early Man Full Trailer

"The age of stone is over!" Studiocanal UK has debuted the full-length official trailer for Aardman's new stop-motion animated movie Early Man, telling the story of how an early cave man and his friend, a wild boar named Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. The first teaser trailer didn't show much but this one finally gives us a good sense of the story - which looks to be about the old vs new, fighting against change, in a way. The primary voice cast features Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams. I'm so glad that Aardman is still making movies, they're always so fun. This looks amusing and perfectly British with the soccer (er, football) stadium scenes.

 Posted September 7 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Metal Detector Finds Something Big in Animated Short 'Martin'

Martin Short Film

Always inspiring to watch an entertaining short film made by one person as a "labour of love." This short film premiered a few months ago, but we just came across it recently and felt it was worth sharing. Martin is a short animated film designed & directed by Sholto Crow of "Crowmotion". It tells the story of a young scavenger using a metal detector to hunt for objects on the beach in his small coastal town. One day he finds something big and, well, you just have to watch below to see what he discovers. I admire the animation style in this, it's quite unique, and the way this ends should make you laugh and leave you with a smile. Have fun.

 Posted August 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Studio Ghibli is Back from the Dead! Miyazaki is Developing a New Film

Studio Ghibli

Can you believe it?! I don't know if I do?! Reports are going around that Studio Ghibli has re-opened its doors, started hiring a new team of animators, and will soon start working on a brand new project. It was massive, heartbreaking news a fear years ago when legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement (after finishing The Wind Rises in 2013) and then subsequently the studio he helped start, Studio Ghibli, decided to stop making new films and instead focus on monetizing their old filmography. In the last few years, Miyazaki kept himself busy by making an animated short film for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. But now the studio is back from the dead and Miyazaki has a new idea for a film, which is what this is about.

 Posted August 11 in Animation, Movie News | Comments

First Trailer for Animated 'Animal Crackers' About Reviving a Circus

Animal Crackers Trailer

"They say a circus is a lot like a family, but every family needs that special something that holds it all together." Blue Dream Studios (not related to Blue Sky Studios) has released the first official trailer for an animated comedy called Animal Crackers, about a down-on-his-luck guy who tries to revive a circus. The catch - he finds a magical box of animal crackers that allows him to transform into any of the animals in his box. He thinks this might save the circus, until he discovers he has to go up against his long lost evil uncle - Horatio P. Huntington. The extensive voice cast in Animal Crackers includes John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Raven-Symoné, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Tara Strong, Lydia Rose Taylor, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried, Harvey Fierstein, and Kevin Grevioux. This looks fun, even though it seems seriously derivative in many ways, but that's not surprising.

 Posted August 8 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Theatrical Trailer for Hand-Painted Van Gogh Film 'Loving Vincent'

Loving Vincent Trailer

"You're not going to stir things up again, are you?" Good Deed Entertainment has launched a theatrical trailer for the upcoming release of the film Loving Vincent, the very special hand-painted film telling the story of famed Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. We've already featured a few trailers for this last year, but with a release date set for September they're finally giving this a stronger marketing push. The voice cast includes Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Eleanor Tomlinson, Helen McCrory, Chris O'Dowd and Douglas Booth. To top it off, the film features a score by the one-and-only Clint Mansell. I really love this animation, it's so unique and I'm still totally impressed they actually hand painted every single frame individually (behind-the-scenes here). I hope the film is as beautiful as the paintings. Can't wait to see this.

 Posted August 4 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Terrific Animated Short 'In a Heartbeat' About a Boy in Love

In a Heartbeat Short Film

Well, this will definitely fill your heart with an extra dose of love today. In a Heartbeat is a wonderful new animated short film made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design where they are students. It has a very simple premise - a boy's heart pops out of hist chest and chases down the person of his dreams, embarrassing him in more ways than one. This is such a beautiful short that will really hit you emotionally, just because it is so simple and yet realized in such a lovely way. The music is also charming, and the animation is excellent, making you real feel for these characters. Watch in full below.

 Posted August 1 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Animated Short 'Piano' by Estonian Filmmaker Kaspar Jancis

Playing the Piano Short Film

We started this week with a short film, so why not end the week with a good short film as well. Piano is an animated short film that first played at film festivals throughout 2016 before arriving online recently. It's a charming, fun little short that can't really be described easily. "A film without main characters where the lives of characters that have lost their head intertwine in a dramatic and less dramatic way in an ordinary concrete panel apartment building." Piano was made by Estonian filmmaker Kaspar Jancis, a director, animator, and composer, who has made a few other films previously. All of his other work is worth exploring as well, and can be seen on Vimeo. But don't forget to check out this one below, it'll make you smile. Enjoy.

 Posted July 28 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

New Comic-Con Trailer + Poster for WAG's 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie'

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Trailer

"A true ninja knows when to fight, and when to blend in the shadows." With Comic-Con underway, Warner Bros has debuted another new trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie at the comic book convention in San Diego. This latest LEGO Movie from Warner Animation Group, arriving in theaters this fall, tells the story of six young ninjas who must go back to their ninjas root to defend their island called Ninjago. Jackie Chan voices Sensei Wu, their master and ninja teacher. The rest of the main voice cast includes Olivia Munn, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, and Justin Theroux as the evil Garmadon. This looks as good as the previous two LEGO movies, with as much humor and action and wacky, fun quirks thrown in - like the cat at the end of the trailer. I'm down for this.

 Posted July 22 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

One More Official US Trailer for Animated 'Leap!' About a Ballerina

Leap Movie Trailer

"What if she's good, mother?" The Weinstein Company has revealed a new trailer for animated film Leap!, also known as Ballerina, telling the story of a young ballerina in Paris. The film already opened in theaters in most of Europe, and was scheduled for release in the US in March until TWC pushed it back to August. So this is another reminder that it's still not out yet, but will (finally) be soon. This is originally from France, but has been redubbed with English voices: Elle Fanning as Félicie Milliner, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. The story is about an orphan girl who dreams of being a ballerina. She ends up in Paris where she tries her best to make her dreams come true. I'm tired of waiting for this already.

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

Second Trailer for 'Ferdinand' Movie About a Bull Who Loves Flowers

Ferdinand Movie Trailer

"Built to fight, born to love." 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have unveiled a second official trailer for the animated film Ferdinand, about a bull raised by a family in Spain and taken to be a fighter, who really prefers to smell flowers instead of battle against matadors. John Cena voices Ferdinand the bull, which might be one of the best voice choices all year. The rest of the voice cast includes Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Jerrod Carmichael, Boris Kodjoe, and Raúl Esparza. This looks charming and heartwarming, with a good message about animals/people being more than they seem on the surface.

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

Trailer for Disney Short 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' Playing Before 'Coco'

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Trailer

"Do we have any traditions, Elsa?" Disney has unveiled a trailer for their new animated short film, titled Olaf's Frozen Adventure, which will play before Pixar's Coco in theaters this November. It's a bit odd that there is no new Pixar short playing before the new Pixar movie, but I guess this might get people into theaters. Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a 21-minute (!!) short film spin-off from Disney's Frozen, featuring 4 new original songs and lots of extra time with the lovable snowman Olaf, as voiced by Josh Gad. There are also appearances by Elsa (Idina Menzel), and Anna (Kristen Bell). This looks wild and wacky and full of holiday magic and cheer, plus it should be a nice holdover for those anxiously awaiting Frozen 2. Have fun!

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

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