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It's about time we went back in time again, right? DreamWorks Animation is bringing the classic cartoon short Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the big screen in a feature length animated film, and the first trailer has arrived with some wacky time traveling antics in ancient Egypt. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") voices the genius dog, while Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) voices his adopted boy Sherman. The duo have to fix something in the past after Sherman's preppy classmate Penny convinces him to use the WABAC for a quick trip to the past. And you can't miss Patrick Warburton and other voices in the cast. Watch!
"Whoa, you killed a big one!" Holy crap this is awesome. If you're a genre/horror fan, you most likely saw The ABCs of Death from Drafthouse Films, featuring 27 horror shorts. One of the best shorts in it was "T is For Toilet" (watch it online here), a claymation/stop-motion animated short directed by Lee Hardcastle about an evil toilet that taunts a young kid. Hardcastle returns this year with "epic sequel" to T is For Toilet titled Ghost Burger, about two kids (one is the same kid from T is For Toilet) who go hunting for ghosts to help their dad run a burger cafe. Yes, there is plenty of gore, plenty of weapons, plenty of ghosts and evil everyday objects coming to life and tormenting claymation people. Need I say more? I think not. Have fun!
Gather 'round fans of animation, this is something to behold. The first teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya has debuted, and it's unlike anything seen before. The film is Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's retelling of the 10th century Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and is in the style of "the classical Japanese scroll Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga." As usual with their teasers it's short and features beautiful music, but not much of the story, only a quick scene. Honestly I'm not sure what to make of this. On one hand, it looks incredible, like nothing I've seen; on the other, it looks like unfinished storyboards waiting to be animated. Either way, this is going to be interesting. Expect nothing less from Studio Ghibli.
Earlier this year, Disney released their lackluster spin-off Planes, set in the same world as their Cars franchise, one of the biggest parts of the House of Mouse's merchandising to young boys. Something felt off about all of the trailers, and the film wasn't really a runaway hit (after all, Pixar wasn't really behind the film), but now we know why. It just needed to be a little more gritty. The production company Cinesaurus has a YouTube channel called Gritty Reboots where they take popular video games, TV shows, comics and more and turn them into gritty, cinematic trailers. And that's how we get Disney's Warplanes. Watch now!
Last fall, we got an early look at Constantin Films motion-capture animated adaptation of Tarzan 3D, featuring The Twilight Saga star Kellan Lutz as the title man of the jungle and Spencer Locke (Detention) playing Jane. At the time, the animation looked like an old video game, lacking all of the features that make animated movies today look good. Now the full trailer is here, and even though it's been a year since that initial teaser popped up, this film still looks like garbage. The film is already playing in German and Russian cinemas, so it's not going to get better. Don't count on this getting a big US release.
"That's no blizzard. That's my sister!" The last full trailer for Walt Disney Animation's musical Frozen gave us quite the majestic look at the fairytale from Surf's Up director Chris Buck (co-directing with Jennifer Lee). Now we get another look at the tale, but this time, we also get a taste of the original song For the First Time in Forever along with quite the bold claim that this is "the greatest Disney animated event since The Lion King." That's a pretty tall order, but this grand trailer indicates that the film could very well follow through on that promise. Tangled was quite an achievement already, but maybe this has even more magic.
In the summer of 2012, we got our first glimpse at the computer animated versions of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the DreamWorks Animation of the classic cartoon short from "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" in the late 1950s. The film was originally slated to hit theaters this year, but layoffs at the animation studio resulted in a delay that will see the film arrive on March 14th, 2014. With the film on the horizon, we have some new photos from the actual film this time, which likely means a trailer is just around the corner. We get our first glimpse of the WABAC machine, Sherman's friend Penny and their adventures in Egypt. Look!
For those who don't know, Guillermo del Toro is producing the animated feature The Book of Life for 20th Century Fox Animation. The film has been described as a Romeo and Juliet style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop and follows the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure in three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Now the voice cast has added Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Christina Applegate.
For those who don't know, it's Superman's 75th anniversary, and to commemorate The Big Blue Boy Scout, Warner Bros. Animation teamed up with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder for a cool little animated short that quickly and cleverly covers the expansive pop culture history of Superman. With help from "Superman: The Animated Series" creator Bruce Timm, this short starts with the hero's debut in Action Comics #1 and moves through things like "Super Friends," the big screen adventure in Richard Donner's 1978 film Superman, the popular series "Smallville" and, of course, this year's Man of Steel.
When Disney decided to push the release of Pixar's troubled production of The Good Dinosaur back to 2015, that also delayed the animation studio's developing sequel Finding Dory, the follow-up to the 2003 hit Finding Nemo. As audiences have assumed from the title, Ellen DeGeneres is back as the title character, the forgetful blue tang fish, and now we have word on one more returning character. In an interview with Total Film, actor Willem Dafoe revealed that he's already begun recording his voice work to return as Gill, the weathered and wise mentor from the fish tank in the first film, and he couldn't be more thrilled. Read on!
DreamWorks Animation has had "The Big Bang Theory" star and singer Rihanna on board their animated venture Home (formerly known as Happy Smekday!) since the summer of 2012, but now some new cast members have finally been added. The Wrap has learned that Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez have been added to the cast of the film which follows an alien race invading Earth and using it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs.
This weekend marks an annual tradition on TV with "The Simpsons" Halloween special dubbed "Treehouse of Horror," and this time a horror master from the film world got involved in the ghoulishly good time. Guillermo del Toro helped put together an epic opening sequence for the special episode which is full of homages to horror classics from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Universal's classic movie monsters to del Toro's own horror creations in films like Pan's Labyrinth and even some Pacific Rim kaiju fighting Jaegers if you look close. And they're all mixed with the characters from "The Simpsons."
"The land is covered in eternal snow." Following the first teaser trailer back in June, the full theatrical trailer for Disney's new computer animated fantasy Frozen has arrived. It doesn't feature any of the original music that will hopefully shine in theaters, but it does show off the stunning animation, adventure and silly comedy coming this fall. Kristen Bell seems to be a great new animated leading lady, and Josh Gad will be cracking people up as that little snowman. However, if the quest is to bring summer back, what's going to happen to him when all the snow goes away? That's going to be kind of sad. Just watch!
Start your week with a fun animated short film that will make you smile! It's always a good time to enjoy a short, especially a good one like this. Danish animation studio Tumblehead has released a short called Rob 'n' Ron, a spaghetti western heist featuring the enjoyable characters Rob and Ron. The animation in this is gorgeous, and luckily it comes with a behind-the-scenes video to show you how it was made, because you'll definitely want to know by the end of this 3-minute flick. This is good enough to win some awards, and only uses sounds, no voices, similar to Pixar's shorts. Take a moment and give it a watch, you will be entertained.