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"Welcome to the park - have a nice day!" Paramount Animation has debuted the full, official trailer for their latest creation, an animated adventure movie titled Wonder Park taking us to a magical amusement park called Wonderland. There isn't much known about the story, except that it involves this park "where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive." This seems like a mash-up of Zootopia and Tomorrowland, with everything being so imaginative, plus all the talking animals. Brianna Denski voices June, and the primary cast includes Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ken Hudson Campbell. This looks like a ton of fun, though I'm not sure about the infighting in the park, but the rest of it seems thoroughly entertaining.
"They did make three movies, this is number four!" Disney has revealed a fun follow-up to their first teaser trailer for Pixar's next sequel Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters in June next summer. This "teaser trailer reaction" introduces us to Ducky & Bunny, voiced by Keegan Michael-Key & Jordan Peele, who provide us with some amusing commentary on our introduction to Forky. This teaser also includes a few Easter Eggs hidden in the background, like the guitar from Coco and more. I despise trailer reaction videos, but this one is a good mockery and in-world which makes it all the better. All the other regular voices are back: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt. This is a fun and playful way to get us back into the Toy Story mood, especially considering there is so much negativity about Forky already.
"There was a time when it was always summer, and life for the animals was peaceful and worry free. Then, one day, winter came to the forest for the very first time…" Baobab Studios has released a trailer for an indie animated short film titled Crow: The Legend, being distributed on VR platforms and also on YouTube this month. Inspired by the original Native American tale of the Crow, the short film features a bright and colorful crow who must make a sacrifice when winter arrives to save his friends. John Legend voices Crow, and the cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Constance Wu, Tye Sheridan, Diego Luna, and Liza Koshy. Executive produced by Baobab Studios, Get Lifted, and Native Americans in Philanthropy. This is one of a few high profile VR shorts, interesting to see this story being told in this way. Worth a look.
"I'm not a toy!!" Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Pixar's next sequel Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters in June next summer. This continuation of the beloved Toy Story series, which has been solid even two sequels in so far, introduces us to another new "toy" that will cause problems with the old friends. This little guy is called "Forky" - voiced by Tony Hale - and he's a spork craft project gone awry. With a while until release, this teaser is just a tiny bit of footage - more of an introduction. And it's quite something. Other headlines about this are great: "One of These Toys Is Not Like the Others". Ha, yep. All the voices are back: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kristen Schaal, and Bonnie Hunt. I like this so far, but I'm not really sure where they're going to take the story. This must just be the beginning. Have a look below.
"But how do I get home?" GKids has debuted another official US trailer for the animated film Mirai, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Directors' Fortnight this year. This new trailer features an English-language dub, to compliment the other two US trailers with the original Japanese voices. The latest film by master Japanese animation filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast), the film is a delightful adventure following a young Japanese boy living with his parents. His life is disrupted by the arrival of a newborn baby girl, named Mirai, which his parents bring home one day. He soon after discovers a magical garden in his home which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras. He's guided by his younger sister from the future. The English-language voice cast includes John Cho, Rebecca Hall, and Daniel Dae Kim. Enjoy.
"Party's over, you microbes!" Viva Kids Films has debuted an official US trailer for the animated adventure Tall Tales, titled in full Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings. This movie made in France & Luxembourg is directed by animator Arnaud Bouron & the creator of the book (titled "Drôles de petites bêtes" or "Funny little beasts") Antoon Krings. The story is about Apollo, a cricket saltimbanque with a big heart, who arrives at the "village of small animals". He wastes no time disrupting the simple life of the Kingdom, on the eve of the jubilee of the Queen, and gets wrapped up in a conspiracy. The English voice cast features Justin Long and Kate Mara. The various insect characters in this remind me of A Bug's Life or Antz, it all seems a bit too similar to me. Maybe it's still fun to watch? Especially if you have kids, I suppose.
"Good morning Uglyville!" STX Entertainment has unveiled the first trailer for the animated UglyDolls movie, in theaters next May. This is based on the beloved-worldwide little weirdo plush dolls, first created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim in 2001. This movie has been in development for years, and it's STX's first animated "family" project, co-produced by Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios - crazy enough. STX's UglyDolls is an animated musical adventure starring the acting & singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, and Pitbull. The story follows a group of UglyDolls who "confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing." Sounds just like the Trolls movie. The voice cast also features Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, and Wang Leehom. Hang with the weirdos below.
"You can't think about saving the world, you have to think about saving ONE person." Sony Pictures has debuted a short 60-second new preview for their animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which I can't wait to see next month. Phil Lord & Chris Miller wrote the script and are producing this film, and they keep promising groundbreaking animation. Shameik Moore (from Dope) provides the voice of Miles Morales, and the cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Lily Tomlin, along with surprise guests. This "international" preview focuses on introducing various Spidey characters from the other "verses", showing us a look at Peni Parker & SP//DR, plus Spider-Gwen, Spider-Noir, and Spider-Ham. Ohh yeah, get ready for this crazy fun movie. We only have one more month to go!! Gimme gimme, I'm so completely ready for this movie to open.
"Meet Mr. Link!" Annapurna has unveiled the first full-length trailer for Missing Link, the next fun movie from Portland-based stop-motion animation studio Laika (of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings previously). The story introduces us to Mr. Link, a big furry creature, and the man who is out to hunt him and prove his existence: the charismatic Sir Lionel Frost. This seems a bit like another take on Bigfoot, but from the perspective of the humble Mr. Link. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, and Amrita Acharia. This looks delightful!! I'm a sucker for anything Laika makes, and I'm really looking forward to this. There's something magical about their films.
"I don't want to go to the vet…!" Universal + Illumination Entertainment have debuted the first amusing teaser trailer for Chris Renaud's The Secret Life of Pets 2, the sequel to the animated hit from a few years ago about pets and the life they have after their owners leave for work. This sequel is directed by the same director, and written by the same writer, so it's very much a continuation of the original. The huge voice cast includes Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Albert Brooks, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Kylie Hart, Nick Kroll, and Pete Holmes. This is just a teaser but it's a fun re-introduction to all these adorable pets and I'm looking forward to seeing more footage soon.
"Reindeer are jerks! They've always been jerks…" Screen Media Ventures has released an official trailer for a cute animated kids movie titled Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, made by animation studio Awesometown Entertainment based in Toronto. The fun holiday movie is about Elliot, a small but determined miniature horse, who travels to the North Pole to compete for a spot alongside the famous reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh. Against all odds, Elliot and his friend Hazel the goat set out to prove that no dream is too big when you believe in yourself. They've been teaching this lesson to kids for generations now. Josh Hutcherson voices Elliot, and the full voice cast includes Samantha Bee, Morena Baccarin, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jeff Dunham, Christopher Jacot, Jean Yoon, plus George Buza as Santa. This looks super duper, extra cheesy with all the toppings, created as ideal holiday entertainment for anyone with young kids.
"It's the most perfect form a spy could take…!" 20th Century Fox has unveiled the first official trailer for next big animated movie form Blue Sky Studios, titled Spies In Disguise. This one has been in the works for a few years and is about the relationship between a super spy and the super smart guy who makes all his gadgets and handles all his technology. Here's the introductory synopsis: Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When an event happens, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world. Will Smith voices Lance, and Tom Holland voices Walter. The full voice cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka. Inspired by the short film Pigeon: Impossible, the actual plot involves Lance being turned into a bird by accident. Super fun, right? I hope this turns out better than it looks so far.