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It's a bummer that we're not getting a theatrical release from Pixar Animation this year, but hopefully they'll make up for it next year with Inside Out, the heady story of the conflicting emotions inside a young girl's mind. And along with that film, as has become customary, we'll be getting an original short film from Pixar as well. It's called Lava, and the film is a 7-minute love story between two mountains named Uku and Lele (like ukulele, get it?). The film will actually premiere at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan next week, and before the film's release, a first look photo shows off one of the happy volcanoes.
More than meets the eye! Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons! The Transformers! Robots in disguise! In theaters now is Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, and while it features the Dinobots and Mark Wahlberg, it also kind of sucks. Instead of wasting your money, we present this amateur fan-made short film for your viewing pleasure, featuring various action figures/toys used in a five minute stop-motion short called - Battle Tanker VS Giant. It's essentially an action-filled Transformers video in the style of the original, old school Transformers cartoons from the 80's, but made by one guy on his own from 2013 to 2014. It's quite impressive. Something fun to watch this long weekend.
New Ghibli, new Ghibli! Even though many of us have yet to see Studio Ghibli's other new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, their very next project is due out in theaters in Japan this summer, and it's titled When Marnie Was There. Adapted from Joan G. Robinson's book, this new animated version of the Omoide no Marnie story is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (of The Secret World of Arrietty). The story is about a young girl who befriends another girl named Marnie who might just be a ghost. This is another one of those teasers based around the theme song, and it's lovely. I'm curious to see this whenever it makes its way over.
DreamWorks Animation finally released How to Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters last month, and the film is definitely on par with the original fantasy adventure. Now a new featurette dives into the sound design and editing of the animated film, which is always fascinating since all of the sounds in the film have to be manufactured behind the scenes. SoundWorks Collection always has the coolest, in-depth look at this element of production, complete with insight from talents who bring the sounds to life, like Skywalker Sound re-recording mixer and sound designer Randy Thom and director Dean DeBlois. Watch below!
Yay! The next short film attached to the start of the next Pixar movie has been announced. Showing in front of Pixar's Inside Out directed by Pete Docter, due in theaters June 19th, 2015, is a short titled Lava. The official synopsis from Pixar announcing the short in promotion of Inside Out, with a poster seen below, states: "Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years." Charming. There are some whales, birds, turtles, and dolphins on the poster, but this sounds like another wonderful creation from Pixar. Can't wait.
Earlier this year, we got word that comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart would be lending their voices to an Untitled Pets Movie, an animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, the same company behind Despicable Me. Now the voice cast has expanded with even more great comedic talent. The Wrap reports stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bobby Moynihan, In a World... lead Lake Bell and "The Office" regular Ellie Kemper will also voice characters in the film that Universal has slated to open on February 12th, 2016. But the real treat is Albert Brooks is in talks as well.
After singing her heart out in Pitch Perfect, and returning to a capella with the sequel directed by Elizabeth Banks that is underway right now, Anna Kendrick is getting musical again. However, this time she won't be stepping in front of a camera, because DreamWorks Animation has revealed that the star of Up in the Air, Drinking Buddies and and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will lend her voice to Trolls, the film based on the hairy dolls of the same name. Kendrick will play Poppy, the relentlessly upbeat princess who is at the center of the film described as an animated musical comedy, already set for release November 4th, 2016.
That headline works both as a descriptor of the plot and the quality of the film that will come from Disney's animated spin-off sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue. Despite the high quality of animation here, we're still not sold that this film is anything but an hour and a half commercial for toys. Even Transformers: Age of Extinction is at least going for some kind of wow factor when it comes to the action, while this family friendly sequel just feels like it's on auto-pilot (no pun intended). Plus Dane Cook's voice work as the lead plane Dusty seems half-hearted, as if he knows that he's part of Disney's junior varsity team. Watch below!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Finally, our friends Toothless and Hiccup are back! After a quick four years, DreamWorks Animation returns with How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the surprise modern classic hit from DWA, How to Train Your Dragon. Jay Baruchel provides the voice for Hiccup, a young Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless. In this sequel, the Vikings are friends but encounter more foes of dragons as well as some mysterious new friends along the way. Is it better than the first wonderful movie? Could it be that good? Or does it have sequel problems, without as much care as the first one? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on DWA's How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Did you think DreamWorks Animation would fumble the ball with How to Train Your Dragon 2? The first movie was a smash success, arguably the best animated film of 2010 over Pixar's praised Toy Story 3. At the very least, it was an extremely close race for supremacy, and loads of anticipation fell in the sequel's court as soon as it was announced. The time has come, and though the sequel couldn't possibly have brought the surprise or wow factor of its predecessor, it brings so much more that makes up for it. There's laughs, thrills, and heart of all shapes and sizes. It doesn't rest on just being a kiddie-pleaser and instead brings top-notch storytelling together with impeccable animation that only seems to be getting better and better.
Though 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation may have decided to swap release dates for their original alien adventure Home and their action comedy The Penguins of Madagascar, that doesn't mean they're not going to plug the hell out of both films with the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 nearly upon us. The trailer for the latter Madagascar spin-off just debuted yesterday, and now we get full trailer for Home as well. We finally get to see our main human character Tip (Rihanna) and her relationship with outcast alien Oh (Jim Parsons). There's some really cool animation and amusing elements at work here with the aliens themselves and this just may turn out to be another hit for DreamWorks Animation. Watch!
This sounds delightful. GKIDS, a US distributor of animation from all over the world, has acquired rights to release the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness in North America. The doc is actually an inside look at Studio Ghibli, and the three men who are the "lifeblood of Ghibli": director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive Isao Takahata (all three seen above). GKIDS picked up the film prior to its appearance at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, but will likely release it in theaters later this year along with Ghibli's next US release, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. More below.
With the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 this weekend, DreamWorks Animation is ready to get the hype machine started on their spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar. The animation studio just decided to move up the release of the film to November, swapping dates with their original film Home, and now we finally get a taste of the comedic spy adventure. Benedict Cumberbatch teams up with the penguins as a wolf named Agent Classified as part of a spy sect called North Wind. There's no sign of John Malkovich as the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine yet. If you don't like Madagascar, this probably isn't for you. Watch now!
It feels like we've seen a lot of Laika's new stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls with a behind-the-scenes teaser trailer, a Cee-Lo Green infused trailer, and a longer trailer from the United Kingdom. But now we get a much better idea of the story that will unfold this fall. Two new trailers have just surfaced online with one for audiences here in the United States and another for those across the pond. They both explain the Jungle Book-esque story of a young boy raised by these legendary, misunderstood creatures who live below the streets of Cheesebridge, and is now coming-of-age, looking for human interaction. Watch!