ENJOY THE MOVIES
"Without dreams there can be no future…" Madman Films in Australia has released the first official trailer for the extremely funky, hand-drawn animated film Cryptozoo, which initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It also stopped by this year's Berlin Film Festival, and is arriving in theaters starting in August. This earned some rave reviews, mostly because it's insanely original and unlike anything you've ever seen before - the latest from the filmmaker behind the film My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea. As cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a "Baku" (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a cryptozoo or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown. This features the voices of Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Kazan, Louisa Krause, Angeliki Papoulia, Thomas Jay Ryan, Peter Stormare, and Grace Zabriskie. It's hard to even describe this film, you just have to dive head-first into the footage.
"I've come to join you! Allow me to fight by your side." Get ready to roll your eyes at this. Altitude Films in the UK has debuted a trailer for an animated atrocity called Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, arriving in the UK this summer. As terrible as this looks, it's just ridiculously amusing that they made a dog-themed remake of "The Three Musketeers" and named the main character Dogtanian. Thankfully the trailer is free to watch. Young Dogtanian travels to Paris, where he meets his best friend, the little mouse Pom, and tries to fulfill his dream of becoming a Muskehound. This features the voices of Cam Clarke and Steve Kramer. This is originally a Spanish production, released with an English voice cast in the UK (and maybe the US?). And yeah it looks as awful as it sounds, which is exactly why it's a spectacle just to see this trailer.
"Scarers are out, jokesters are in!" Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Pixar's Monsters at Work, their new animated launching arriving on Disney+ this summer. This is a direct sequel to Monsters Inc, the original 2001 movie, and is only the second TV series based on a Pixar movie after Buzz Lightyear of Star Command from 2000. Six months after the events of the original movie, the power plant now harvests the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis. Tylor Tuskmon, an eager & talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team, dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley. Of course, Billy Crystal and John Goodman are back as the voices of Mike and Sulley. The new voices include Ben Feldman as Tylor, Mindy Kaling as Val, Lucas Neff as Duncan, Alanna Ubach as Cutter, and Henry Winkler as Fritz. As a big fan of the original Monsters Inc and anything Pixar makes, I'm all for this series, even if it does look a bit more "made-for-TV" than their usual work. But still! It should be fun times at M.I.
"I knew right away he was the one." Totem Films has released the first promo trailer for a Czech animated film titled My Sunny Maad, premiering at the 2021 Annecy Film Festival coming up this month. It's still seeking distribution, but with a premiere soon it should get some extra attention. The story is about a Czech woman who falls in love with an Afghan man and then follows him to post-Taliban Afghanistan, where she has no idea of the life that awaits her or the family she is about to join. A "culture shock" story based around love and how we just need to open our eyes to other cultures to understand them. Featuring the voices of Zuzana Stivínová, Martha Issová, Hynek Čermák, and Ivan Trojan. My goodness, this looks like a really lovely story, and the hand-drawn animation is gorgeous, of course. I'm hoping this finds international distribution soon after premiering at Annecy as it looks like the whole world deserves to see this story told.
Time to meet Claé and Bruô. An early promo teaser trailer has debuted as a first look at the new animated film from the acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker Alê Abreu. You may recognize his name as he's the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated, outstanding, beloved animated film The Boy and the World (which was in my Top 10 of 2015). His new film is called Perlimps, another vibrant tale, this time about two "secret agents working for enemy kingdoms" named Claé and Bruô. "Lost in the Enchanted Forest, amid forgotten ruins, pyramids, gas mountains and floating-rock deserts, they discover they have the same mission: to save the Perlimps from the terrible Giants that have surrounded the forest." Sounds a bit like a Ghibli film. The first look was revealed by Cartoon Brew, where they have some additional photos and quotes from Abreu ahead of its Annecy Film Festival unveiling. This teaser doesn't have any footage of these two main characters yet, but you can see them in the images below. It's just nice to get a fresh first look at this new animation project.
"What if t wasn't just a device? What if it was your new best friend." 20th Century Studios has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for the animated movie Ron's Gone Wrong, made by an animation studio called Locksmith Animation in London (they previously made Arthur Christmas). After being delayed form release from last year, this movie is now set to open in theaters starting this October in the fall. Ron's Gone Wrong is the story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device known as a "B*Bot". Ron's malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship. With the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Ricardo Hurtado, Marcus Scribner, Kylie Cantrall, and Thomas Barbusca. This kind of reminds me of Her, but uh for kids, about a robot that helps a kid "come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship." It looks cute! And funny.
Time to go for a dance!! Disney has released a brief 30-sec trailer for their animated short film Us Again, which is now available to watch on Disney+. This 7-minute short originally premiered in front of theatrical showings of Raya and the Last Dragon, and was the first original theatrical short film produced by Disney since Inner Workings in 2016. It's both written and directed by Disney animator Zach Parrish, who also directed the Short Circuit film Puddles previously. Us Again is a magical short film set in New York City that plays like a wonderful companion piece to Pixar's Soul more than any other Disney movie. An elderly couple regain their youth in the rain, and chase each other around New York reliving magical moments. Featuring a score by Pinar Toprak. This is a really lovely trailer for a really lovely short film that features truly stunning animation. So beautiful. And it is available for everyone to watch right now. Find the wonder. Find the joy.
"I'm George Washington. Let's go start a f*&!ing revolution!" Time to celebrate 'Merica! Netflix dropped an official trailer for the animated comedy America: The Motion Picture, from Matt Thompson (of "Sealab 2021", Frisky Dingo", "Dicktown"). In this wildly tongue-in-cheek animated revisionist history, a chainsaw-wielding George Washington assembles a team of rabble rousers — including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and a pissed off Geronimo — to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution. Who will win? No one knows, but you can be sure of one thing: these are not your father's Founding… uh, Fathers. This stars "America's sweethearts" Channing Tatum (as G.W.), Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn, Judy Greer, Bobby Moynihan (as Paul), Raoul Max Trujillo (as Geronimo), Killer Mike, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, and Simon Pegg (as King James). This looks totally insane in the best of ways. Can't wait to watch this and laugh my ass off.
"C'mon pups, Adventure City is in trouble!" Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for the animated adventure Paw Patrol: The Movie, from filmmaker Cal Brunker (Escape from Planet Earth, The Nut Job 2). This exciting new adaptation of the beloved children's TV series brings the heroic pups to the big screen to battle *gasp* evil cats! Ryder and the pups are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos. Take him down, pups! Joining the PAW Patrol in their thrilling first big screen adventure are members from the original series' cast along with Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel, and introducing Will Brisbin as the voice of Ryder. This looks as absurdly cheesy and adorable as expected, with plenty of dogs vs cats mayhem and humor. Looks like a very fun time.
"Nobody would think that Belle is a country bumpkin like you." Charades, French distributor of this film, has released a new trailer for Belle from acclaimed, award-winning Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda (of the films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, and Mirai). We've already posted a few Japanese trailers for this already, and it's expected this will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. The animated adventure is about a teenage girl who lives between modern-day Japan and a virtual world called "U." The story follows her as she makes a new friend and "embarks on a journey of adventures and love both in their quest of becoming who they truly are." With a voice cast including Kaho Nakamura, Kenjirô Tsuda, Mamoru Miyano, Kôji Yakusho, Toshiyuki Morikawa, and Ryô Narita. I'm really looking forward to this! As magical as ever from Hosoda. Jump in.
"Is this some kind of ninja boy band?" Universal has unveiled a second official trailer for The Boss Baby 2: Family Business, an animated sequel from DreamWorks Animation. After numerous delays, this now opens in theaters in July and will also stream on Uni's Peacock service. The director of all the Madagascar movies and Megamind returns again to direct this follow-up to The Boss Baby from 2017. The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business. When baby Tina reveals that she's—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp now on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha's school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Edwin Armstrong, it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways. Starring Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Greenblatt, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Eva Longoria, James Marsden, and Amy Sedaris. Doesn't seem like this will be that funny.
"Join Jonna and Gorilla on their quest!" Viva Pictures has released a new US trailer for a Swedish animated movie called Ape Star, or The Ape Star, which also opens in theaters in Sweden this month. Telling the story of a young orphan girl who meets the perfect parent – that just so happens to be a gorilla. Jonna has lived at the orphanage all her life. One day a Gorilla comes and adopts her. It takes some time for Jonna to get used to her new mother, but just as everything starts becoming good, the local authorities threaten their existence. Featuring the voices of Rebecca Gerstmann as Jonna, Pernilla August as Gorillan, Melinda Kinnaman as Gerd, Stellan Skarsgård as Tord, with Jack Bergenholz and Gunnar Bolin. Playing at this year's Annecy Film Festival before opening. This looks like it has lovely animation and a heartfelt story.