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"These other trolls aren't like us… They dance different! They sing different." Universal has debuted a new official trailer for Trolls World Tour, the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's movie musical Trolls from 2016. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over the lands, devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock. The voice cast includes J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Ron Funches, Flula Borg, Ozzy Osbourne, Anthony Ramos, Karan Soni, Sam Rockwell, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, with George Clinton, and Mary J. Blige. Rock on, little trolls.
"Gary's been snailnapped!!" Paramount Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the latest epic live-action hybrid SpongeBob movie from Nickelodeon. This is a follow-up to his other theatrically-released movies, most recently Sponge Out of Water from 2015, and the original SpongeBob movie back in 2004. SpongeBob and Patrick embark on a hilarious adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City in order to #SaveGary in this sponge-tastic sequel. Featuring the voices of Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Douglas Lawrence, and Reggie Watts. This continues with the 3D animation style, even taking SpongeBob and Patrick up into the real world - where the encounter the head of Keanu Reeves in a tumbleweed. Crazy. This really does look like all kinds of amusing under-the-sea fun, might be worth seeing.
This might be the most beautiful animated film of the year. My Moon is an animated short running only 8 minutes, made by the very talented animator Eusong Lee. It is a lovely film about a relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun. Presented by King of Pine in collaboration with Chromosphere, an animation studio in LA. Eusong Lee won the Silver Medal Student Academy Award in 2013 for his short Will, and follows up with this gem. It's beyond gorgeous, with a heart-melting score by David Kamp to go along with all the stunning visuals. There isn't much dialogue in this, but the voices we do hear sound natural, almost as if they were recorded right out in public which makes this short all the more authentic. I love everything about this stellar film, totally entranced by it from the moment it begins. Enjoy.
"Do you realize where we are?!" Warner Bros has revealed the first official trailer for Scoob, the new CG animated Scooby-Doo movie from Warner Animation Group (aka WAG). This updated take throws out the other hybrid live-action movies with Matthew Lillard, and restarts things by introducing us to the origins of the lovable crime-solving doggie and his friends in the Mystery Machine. A doggie origin story? Go figure. The character design actually looks quite nice, so far so good. The main voice cast features Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo, Will Forte as Shaggy, Amanda Seyfried as Daphne, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Zac Efron as Fred, along with Mark Wahlberg, Mckenna Grace, Kiersey Clemons, Iain Armitage, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, and Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly. They're definitely playing up the cute angle, reminding us that Scooby really is a lovable dog. Curious to see where this one leads, seems enjoyable so far.
"Hypnotizing." Subliminal Films has debuted an official US trailer for the indie animated feature Away, a dialogue-free feature made entirely single-handily by Latvian animator / filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis. You may recognize the name, as he has been making award-winning short films for years (visit his Vimeo) and this is his first feature that he made himself. Away is about a boy and a little bird who find themselves on a journey across a strange island trying to get back home. It's not easy to make a film without any dialogue in it that is actually worth watching, but this one has appeared at numerous prestigious film festivals including Annecy, Fantasia, and Sitges over the last year. If you're into experimental animation, this is a must watch.
NightWheel Pictures has just debuted the award-winning animated horror short film La Noria online for everyone to watch. Written and directed by Carlos Baena (who has worked in the animation industry for years before leaving to work on his own), La Noria tells the tale of a grieving young boy who loves to build ferris wheels who one day encounters dark creatures that turn his life upside down. La Noria held its world premiere last year and has been picking up awards at numerous film festivals all over the world - including Best Animated Short at ScreamFest. The animation work in this is stunning, which is even more fascinating considering there's some seriously horrific elements to this. It's not that often we ever see animation used in the horror genre, but this is a rather exquisite work of art. I love everything about this, from the music to the atmosphere to the mesmerizing finale. A must watch short whether you enjoy horror or not. Watch it below.
"You're not just a dog, buddy, you're StarDog!!" Kaleidoscope Entertainment in the UK has unveiled an official trailer for an indie animated "fun for the whole family!" feature titled StarDog and TurboCat, which is as cheesy as it sounds. Launched into space by his scientist owner, a loyal dog and a vigilante cat embark on a "space age voyage" to find their way home. It's described as "a hilarious animated adventure about friendship, heroism and belief in the human capacity for good that introduces the whole family to the greatest heroes ever unleashed." It's the first feature made by Red Star 3D, a company that usually makes theme park "4D" short films. Featuring the voices of Luke Evans, Nick Frost, Gemma Arterton, and Bill Nighy. Maybe this will be fun? Probably not…? But who knows, have to give it a chance anyway. Right?
Another unique hand-made short film. I'm OK is an animated short film made by London-based animator / filmmaker Lizzy Hobbs, inspired by the life and art of Austrian Oskar Kokoschka. Following the end of a stormy love affair, Expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka enlists in the First World War. After suffering serious injuries in battle, he experiences a series of memories and visions as medics transport him through the forests of the Russian front. I'm OK explores "the wounds of heartbreak & trauma." The gorgeous short features individually hand-painted frames that put together tell stories about Kokoschka's life and art. "I found the music that [Kokoschka] associated with the period, read his plays, his writing, and studied all his prints and paintings. And then I animated on and around the work," Hobbs explains. View the short below.
"Be careful… This village will challenge you every step of the way." Disney UK has released yet another new official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel Frozen II (or just Frozen 2). We've already seen three other trailers before this, including the original teaser, but with a month to go they're kicking the marketing into high gear. More trailers, more posters, more marketing galore! The first movie from 2013 is renowned all over the world and beloved by audiences young and old. This time they venture north into a mysterious foggy "Enchanted Forest" where they learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, plus Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown; with new music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. It looks like yet another fun, magical, mysterious adventure with all these beloved characters.
"About his discussions with a frog…" Stage Russia has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Rezo, a film about the famous Georgian writer, artist and puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze. Rezo is best known as the screenwriter of the iconic Soviet movies Mimino and Kin-dza-dza. He has been awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature in France, and New Yorker recognized his Stalingrad as one the best theatrical performances of 2010. His sculptures adorn the streets of Saint Petersburg and Odessa. Timur Bekmambetov also produced the film, and says about it: "Rezo has become family for me. This movie is my homage to a senior colleague and a sign of the deepest recognition of his identity, talent and incredible charm. There is no room for indifference in his stories. They cut directly to the heart." Half of this film is drawn by Rezo himself, a mix of classic doc storytelling & animation. I will say - it looks crazy mesmerizing.
"Dad was a wizard!" Disney has finally debuted the first full-length trailer for Pixar's Onward, their next original project that's both written and directed by Dan Scanlon (of Monsters University before this). This new Pixar movie arrives in theaters March of 2020, their first of two original movies next year. Onward is set in a "suburban fantasy world" and follows these two elf brothers who could not be more unalike. Tom Holland voices Ian Lightfoot, and Chris Pratt voices his brother Barney Lightfoot. The only other voice cast announced so far includes Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The two brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. The plot reveal in this trailer - about the half man revival - is a bit wacky and just makes me think of Weekend at Bernie's. Maybe this will be fun? Check it out below.
"The only thing that separates us from the street - is that door, and our deadbolt. All I want is to shut out the world…" A heartbreaking story brought to life using an unconventional animation style. Girl In The Hallway is a short film directed by Canadian animator Valerie Barnhart, who taught herself animation after graduating from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as a Visual Arts Major. She uses charcoal, pastel, and graphite drawn on black paper to tell the story of why one man can never forget the girl in the hallway. Featuring a "witness testimony" spoken word performance by Jamie DeWolf - which makes this even more heartfelt because it's so powerful. This is a very creative way to tell this story, and I like how the distinct animation style makes it feel so much more visceral. Take a quick break and watch this short below.