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"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."
"Flash, Flash - hundred yard dash!" Disney has debuted a new trailer for Zootopia, their new animated project coming to theaters next March 2016. We've already seen one teaser trailer introducing the world of Zootopia, and the two main characters we're following: a fox and a rabbit, named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), respectively. In this new trailer, we get a glimpse of the world and it starts out all energetic and exciting as Officer Judy Hopps is on the case, then suddenly it slows down when they go to the DMV to run a license plate. There are a few good jokes in this, and the point is to show how the animals of this world interact together. It looks fun, but I want to see more.
"To get you into the festive spirit…" Universal has released an amusing Christmas-themed holiday teaser trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, the new animated movie from Illumination Entertainment rriving next summer. The first trailer for this debuted earlier in the summer, and I've got a feeling its going to be a huge hit once it arrives, just because everyone loves their pets and always wonders what they're thinking. This Christmas teaser isn't much besides some funny moments of pets wearing holiday costumes while having their picture taken. It should make you smile and maybe laugh a little, then hug your own pet. Take a look.
"Look at that - the stars are out!" This looks so lovely. A new set of trailers have been uploaded online for the French animated film The Little Prince, from director Mark Osborne based on the beloved book of the same name. We've already been posting a number of trailers, but these new ones have English voices thanks to an entirely new voice cast including: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. I love the animation style of this movie, but I also like the way the narrative intertwines the life of a young girl growing up and the original charming Le Petit Prince story we know. I'm looking forward to this.
This looks wonderful. You have to see this! GKIDS has debuted a beautiful trailer for the Brazilian animated film The Boy and The World, a feature film that is "entirely wordless, the narrative describes a clash between poor and rich, countryside and city, indigenous and imperial, handcrafted and mechanized – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song." It's from Brazilian filmmaker Alê Abreu, and features a lot of amazing imagery from Brazil telling the story about this boy going to the city. It's also told with music, using the pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop. I'm not sure what to make of it until I watch the entire thing, but this has convinced me it's worth seeing and may end up with an Oscar nomination anyway. It will arrive in US release this December, before playing wider throughout January.
Well this is lovely. Google decided to celebrate the 101st birthday of Inventor and Hollywood star, Hedy Lamarr, on Monday, November 9th. This would have been her 101st birthday; she passed away in the year 2000 at the age of 85. She was never nominated for any Academy Awards, but Hedy Lamarr became a very popular and beloved movie star in the late 1930s and through the 1940s because of her beauty. Louis B. Mayer at MGM found her in Europe after fleeing the war, and changed her name to Hedy Lamarr, as she was originally born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria. She has become popular recently because aside from her career in Hollywood, she was a scientist and inventor behind a jam-proof radio guidance system.
Scrat in space! The latest animated short from Blue Sky Studios is another adventure with the lovable, goofy saber-toothed squirrel Scrat who has appeared on screen many times. Titled the "Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe", the story involves Scrat stumbling upon a frozen alien spaceship, jolting it loose, and taking it off up into the heavens only to knock some planets around causing a catastrophe. The short then links his actions to a "series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World". Very cool to see. The short is playing in front of The Peanuts Movie in theaters already, so some of you might have seen it. If not, here is your chance to enjoy the entire Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe short in full. Have fun and bring oxygen.
Say what?! Yes! Crazy but incredible news. Variety is reporting that animation filmmaker Henry Selick, director of Coraline most recently, is teaming up with comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key for a stop-motion animated movie. The project is called Wendell and Wild, described as a comedy about "two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul." Oh yes, this definitely sounds like it's from the mind of Key & Peele. It's just developing now, but it has Selick attached to direct and co-write with Jordan Peele. I'm a big fan of all three of these people, so it's exciting to see them planning a new project together.
"Welcome home, son." DreamWorks Animation has unveiled the full-length trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3, the latest sequel in the Kung Fu panda series started in 2008. The big reveal in the first teaser trailer was that Po the Panda, voiced by Jack Black, finally meets his long lost father and might return home to his Panda family. But interestingly this trailer now reveals that after returning home, it turns out all the pandas are under threat, so he has to train all of them to be kung fu warriors and fight back. Oh my. The voice cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson and J.K. Simmons as Kai. I'm still not sure about this sequel, but give it a shot.
Aw, this is just marvelous. Animator Payton Curtis has put together an outstanding tribute to the legendary Ray Harryhausen, the special effects pioneer who passed away in 2013 at the age of 92. The video is titled Thanks Ray and what makes it extra special is that it also features two of its own brand new stop-motion characters created for this who kick back and watch Ray's best work on VHS. I love that the VHS tape is called "Ray's Gold", just perfect. As always anytime we come across something worth-sharing like this, we have to stop and mention it, no matter if it's a few weeks or a few months old and I'm happy to feature this tribute. I do love Harryhausen's movies and all his stop-motion work, it's still amazing to watch even today.
"Remember - there is someone out there for everyone." Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for Anomalisa, the new stop-motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. This funky sort of drama-romance-comedy mix deals with a guy who is tired of the "mundanity of his life" and meets someone unique on a book tour. Finally, we get to see Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis. Up until now, all the marketing or photos available for this film have been that one shot from behind the head, you never know what anyone looks like, but that's all part of the experience. There are only two other voices: Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh. We've reviewed this twice, with two positive reviews, and it's worth your time.
"Darkness isn't always what it seems." Animator Carlos Baena, who has worked at Pixar and ILM, is now working on his own solo projects and one of them coming up is called La Noria. Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip. La Noria is an animated horror film that is a bit different. "Given the dark nature of the story as well as the psychological backstory of the main character, La Noria has a quality that is very different from most animated films." They've launched an Indiegogo page to collect $50,000 to fund the animated project and have also released a teaser trailer along with the pitch video. It looks great - the animation is impressive, and I'm curious to find out more about the creature that's haunting him. Give this indie horror film a look.
Best friends are friends forever. The latest charming TV spot promo for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur is a very emotional, very sweet reminder of how important friendship is. The spot takes a quick look back at "20 years of friendship", and all the different stories they've told about friends. "A single friendship can change everything. From Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur, join us in celebrating 20 years of friendship from Pixar Animation Studios." The Good Dinosaur is also about a friendship - Arlo, the apatosaurus, and his human pet that he names Spot. I'm already excited to see this, even moreso after this wonderful look back at Pixar.
"When a galactic force threatens the world…! Test your gear, find your courage…" Focus has debuted a trailer for the CG animated Ratchet and Clank movie, adapted from the very popular and very amusing video game series of the same name. It's not exactly the most innovative video game adaptation, but I have to say, this looks crazy fun. James Arnold Taylor voices Ratchet, David Kaye voices Clank, and Jim Ward voices Captain Qwark, along with Bella Thorne, Sylvester Stallone, Rosario Dawson, John Goodman and Paul Giamatti all lending their voices to this, too. This is co-directed by the guy who made the TMNT animated movie as well. Even if you're not a fan of the video game series, give this a quick watch.