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If for some reason The Adventures of Tintin just didn't tickle your fancy, perhaps another animated, European adaptation will do the trick. The Little Prince comes from France, and it's an animated fantasy that meshes the computer animated style of Pixar with the world of stop-motion animation. The story, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famed novella, is framed by an old man telling a little girl the story of "le petit prince," and that's where traditional computer animation comes into play. But then, the actual story of the prince is told in stop-motion, taking cues from the gorgeous illustrations of the book. Watch below!
The voice cast of Pixar Animation's next film, the summer 2015 release of Inside Out, is already rather impressive with Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith playing the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness inside the mind of an 11-year old girl named Riley. But now two more names have been thrown into the mix, but they're not playing any emotions. Instead, USA Today has revealed that Kyle MacLachlan (recently seen on Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") and Diane Lane (Man of Steel) will provide the voices of Riley's parents. Will we get to see their emotions come into play?
Disney has set the Pixar Animation sequel Finding Dory for release on June 17th, 2016, which is still over a year and a half away. However, since this is an animated film we're talking about, a lot of the details on the film are already firm since it takes so long for the film to be completed. We know that because over a year ago, Pixar was already working on a new ending for the sequel to Finding Nemo due to the backlash against SeaWorld following the damning details revealed in the documentary Blackfish. Other than that details on the film that is being co-directed by Pixar veterans Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane ("Toy Story of Terror") have been relatively scarce, but some new tidbits have surfaced today. More below!
Disney just recently dated their next animated project Moana for release in just under a couple years on November 23rd, 2016. As of now, all we know is the plot of the film, focusing on the title character, Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. During her journey she teams up with the legendary demi-god Maui to traverse the open ocean on a voyage where they will encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. But now a voice cast is finally starting to come together with The Wrap saying Dwayne Johnson is in talks now.
Though the full trailer for the Peanuts animated movie from Blue Sky Animation has already debuted, with Charlie Brown, his loyal dog Snoopy, and the rest of the gang heading to the big screen, we had yet to hear who was providing the voices for the animated characters. Well, we already knew that archival recordings of Bill Melendez would be used for the voice of Snoopy and his bird friend Woodstock, but what about all the kids? Well, producer Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and the Ghostbusters reboot) took to "The Today Show" to reveal a cast of child actors lending their voices to all of Charles Schulz's iconic friends. Read on!
Our friends across the pond get a new stop-motion animated film from Aardman Animation before we do with a big screen adaptation of the small screen character Shaun the Sheep heading out on a big city adventure. And while audiences familiar with the character may think the know what to expect, there's also two new characters entering the fray: Trumper the animal warden who rules the city’s animal shelter with a rod of iron and Slip, an inner city orphan dog who helps Shaun save the day. I'm not sure if this will get a US release or not since the show hasn't ever been popular here, but we'll find out sometimenext year. Watch!
Over one year since the film hit theaters, and Disney's musical fairytale Frozen is still all the rage. The film is so popular again this holiday season that Frozen toys are outselling Mattel's iconic Barbie toys. And since Disney isn't one to pass up a big franchise opportunity like this, there has to be plans for a sequel, right? Well, the studio has been pretty quiet about a follow-up to the film, though there's an animated short called Frozen River that will hit theaters next spring, bringing back all the main characters from the first film. However, star and singer Idina Menzel just may have confirmed that a sequel is in the works. Read on!
Just after the inventive and fun trailer for Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me spin-off Minions arrived at the beginning of the month, a special holiday greeting can be seen if you happen to be seeing movies at any AMC Theatres locations leading up to Christmas. Those lovable little henchman give their own rendition of a classic Christmas carol, but in that weird, gibberish language they all speak. You're bound to find kids cracking up to this in theaters, and maybe some adults too, but we've still got awhile before the actual movie hits theaters since it doesn't arrive until it gets much warmer in July. Watch now!
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below!
Originally slated for release this week, DreamWorks Animation opted to send their sci-fi adventure Home to theaters next spring. And since Penguins of Madagascar gets the prime holiday release slot this weekend, that means we get a new trailer for the film featuring the voice of Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") as the unfortunately nicknamed Oh, a clumsy alien in hiding on Earth. Speaking in a dialect that seems lifted from cat memes (you'll see what I mean), this guy seems to be a lovable walking accident, but there are more of his race (including Steve Martin as their leader) coming to our planet, looking for a new home. Watch!
"As for me, I'm done making movies." Here's something to make you smile. GKids has released an official US trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about legendary animation house Studio Ghibli in Japan. From director Mami Sunada, the doc provides an unprecedented inside look at the inner workings of Ghibli and the daily life of animator Hayao Miyazaki, who has officially retired from making features. I've seen this documentary and it's absolutely wonderful, I was refreshed and felt so happy by the end. There's a certain magic to Studio Ghibli and they capture some of that, then again I just could go on spending days watching footage of Miyazaki-san smile and laugh. This doc is a real gem - don't miss it.
Just over a week ago, we were all surprised to learn of the existence of a new animated movie from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic that Disney was going to release through their Touchstone Pictures banner in January. Now the first trailer has arrived to show us why this film is getting a hasty, last minute promotional push and release. If "from the mind of George Lucas" isn't enough to turn you off in this day and age, the trailer should do it. This looks like a comedic version of Epic (which already wasn't a good animated movie) chock full of pop song covers. This just looks terrible and devoid of any charm. Watch?
Oh my this is wonderful! To promote the release of Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 in Japan, the Mouse House is switching things up and has created a special promotional trailer using hand-drawn animation. It's absolutely beautiful and you'll probably shed a tear, whether you've seen this film already or not. Big Hero 6 is about an inflatable health robot named Baymax that ends up in the hands of young Hiro. It's not the best animated movie you'll ever see, but it's damn good, better than most others out this year. This trailer really captures the emotional spirit of the film and sells it in a unique way. I wish we still tried to do something different with marketing in the US, alas we just get the same ole trailers. But this is something else. Enjoy.
It's been a tough year for DreamWorks Animation. The studio needs a boost this year at the box office, so they decided to bring The Penguins of Madagascar to theaters this month instead of the original, sci-fi comedy Home, which is now slated to arrive on March 27th, 2015. In addition, they also pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 to 2017 with no explanation. Now, hot on the heels of news that the discussion of a hopeful merger with Hasbro has ended, the animation studio also announced that their supernatural comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been removed from their 2015 release date.