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"I didn't know there were so many people longing for the blue sky." GKids has just released a brand new, official US trailer (with English subtitles) for the Japanese animation film titled Weathering With You, the highly anticipated next film from writer/director Makoto Shinkai, who achieved worldwide acclaimed with the beloved animated film Your Name. Weathering with You is another new original film from Shinkai, featuring some stunningly gorgeous animation. The Japanese title is actually Tenki no ko, which translates to Child of Weather, as the film is about a young man who moves to Tokyo and befriends a girl who can manipulate the weather (with the power to stop the rain and clear the sky). The original Japanese version features the voices of Kotaro Daigo and Nana Mori. This is officially set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before getting a theatrical release later. The animation in this is stunning, absolutely breathtaking.
"Ohmygod look at that chicken!! Ohhh, so crispy… I want so much chicken!!" If you need a good laugh, this short film is a must watch! Hot and Tasty is an animated short film made by filmmaker Laura Jayne Hodkin. It's her final graduation project from The Royal College of Art (she finished it this year), and it's hilarious and original and totally crazy. Based on Hodkin's own experiences (of course!), Hot and Tasty is about two drunk girls who accidentally stumble into a chicken shop crime scene. It gets even funnier from here on out as they continue to make a scene without noticing anything going on. The animation style in this is super funky and fresh, just a tad wacky, but it's cool. This short is a nice dose of creative expression, and will make you giggle and smile (hopefully) which is sometimes exactly the hearty medicine we need. Enjoy.
"Together with your flames and stupid ambitions!" GKids has debuted the first US trailer for the Japanese anime feature film Promare, from animation filmmaker Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill). This is the first feature-length film made by the acclaimed studio known as Trigger. "Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works." The story follows Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department who face off against "Mad Burnish", a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth. The Japanese voice cast features Arata Furuta, Tetsu Inada, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Masato Sakai, Taichi Saotome, and Kenichi Matsuyama. I dig the visual style and look of this, not what we usually see. And I like the cool subtitle design they use in this trailer. Give it a look below.
"Miauw!" Time for something fun. Catastrophe (which an emphasis on the "Cat" part of the word) is an animated short film that runs just over two minutes. Written and directed by Dutch filmmaker Jamille van Wijngaarden, this is her first animated short, after working in live-action before this. Catastrophe tells the story of "an orange cat whose owner has only one request: Don’t kill the bird. The unfortunate mess that results is a visual playground of color, sound, and humor that starts and ends before you can fully process what you’ve just witnessed." This has been playing at film festivals for years, but has just arrived online for everyone to enjoy - premiered by Vimeo Staff Picks. Featuring music composed by Hans Nieuwenhuijsen. It's a funny, cute, easy-to-watch short film that will leave you with a smile. Just the way a good short should.
Hello there! Toho Animation has debuted an official trailer for a new Japanese animated movie - this time a CG animated feature based on the manga series Lupin The Third. The new movie is being titled Lupin III: The First, and it's the very first time they've ever turned Lupin into a 3D CG animated character (after numerous other anime movies before it - including one earlier this year). The trailer even plays this up! You don't need to understand Japanese to recognize that this actually looks pretty awesome. The original Lupin creator, Kazuhiko Katō (aka "Monkey Punch"), passed away earlier this year but saw the work in progress on this and stated: "I've taken a look at the characters and story: it looks like this Lupin will come packed with new sensations, and I'm getting excited just thinking about how the film will turn out." Worth a quick look.
"Get ready for a close encounter of the herd kind." Studiocanal has released a third official UK trailer for A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, the latest comedy sequel from stop-motion studio Aardman Animations. This third trailer follows the first teaser trailer last year, and the other full-length UK trailer from earlier this year. It's a sequel to the surprisingly successful first Shaun the Sheep, originally released in 2015. When an intergalactic visitor – an impish and adorable alien called Lu-La – crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure and sets off on a mission to shepherd Lu-La home. The small voice cast includes Justin Fletcher and John Sparkes. This looks like good fun and the more they show from this, the better it looks. Plus it's Aardman! And no matter what I always enjoy seeing more stop-motion animated films. I'm sure this will connect with children, too.
"It's the most perfect form a spy can take!" 20th Century Fox has debuted the second official, full-length trailer for Blue Sky Studios new animated movie Spies In Disguise. The first teaser trailer for this landed last fall, but the release has been pushed back until Christmas this year, so we've still got another six months to go. Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When Walter turns Lance into a bird, 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, about a spy battling a pigeon. This looks pretty bad, especially cheesy and obvious, despite a funny premise. And the trailer still doesn't take us beyond that first bird transition scene.
"Death is hiding at every corner, but it won't come out if we don't force it." GKids has unveiled a second official US trailer for a peculiar animated drama from Spain called Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (or Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas), made by filmmaker Salvador Simó (of Paddle Pop Adventures 2: Journey Into the Kingdom). Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles tells the true story of how Buñuel made his second movie. Set in Paris in the 1930s, Buñuel's sculptor Ramón Acin friend buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Remarkably, he ends up a winner, and the two set off to make the short doc Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan (aka Land Without Bread). Featuring the voices of Jorge Usón, Fernando Ramos, Luis Enrique de Tomás, and Cyril Corral. This definitely isn't an animated film for kids, which is exactly why it looks so intriguing. Especially for classic film lovers.
"Their world is about to get a whole lot bigger, and a whole lot louder." Universal has launched the first full-length official trailer for Trolls World Tour, the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's movie musical Trolls from 2016. They bring back the whole cast this time, which features quite a few notable musicians, and embark upon a "world tour" with the little trolls. 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 six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock. The voice cast includes J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, Flula Borg, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Gustavo Dudamel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar, Ozzy Osbourne, Anderson Paak, Anthony Ramos, Sam Rockwell, Betsy Sodaro, Karan Soni, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, with George Clinton and Mary J. Blige. Rock on.
"For dogs, happiness is different than it is for humans." There's a truly remarkable, one-of-a-kind dog film premiering at the Annecy Film Festival - the major animation film festival - this week. It's titled Marona's Fantastic Tale, originally titled L'Extraordinaire Voyage de Marona in French, made by Romanian filmmaker Anca Damian (A Very Unsettled Summer, Moon Hotel Kabul) with stunning graphic design by Brecht Evens. The film is about a little dog who, at the end of her life, looks back on her life and tells the story of her various owners. She has loved them all unconditionally, but of course life hasn't always been easy. The film is beautiful not only because it's told from the perspective of a dog, but also thanks to the very trippy, entrancing, imaginative animation style that mixes techniques to create something unique. GKids has already picked up the film for release in the US sometime soon (hopefully this year); in the meantime you can check out this trailer with English subtitles below. To get a sense of how this looks and feels. Enjoy.
"Elsa - the past is not what it seems. You must find the truth. Go north, across the enchanted land and into the unknown…" Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf are all back again. Disney has revealed the next official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel Frozen 2, now written as Frozen II for release (instead of the number). 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 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; as well as new music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. There's still not too much revealed yet, but it does look magical.
"In this twilight of our life, we just went through a gap in the endless flow of time." Cat lovers, this short is for you! The Quintet of the Sunset is a lovely, fabric stop-motion animated short film. This short won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner just last month, which is why it has been given an online premiere right away. Made by Chinese filmmaker / animator Jie Weng, the film is about a woman with five cats each with their own personality; or rather, the five cats take care of her. "With impeccable craft and style, this Chinese animator creates a fantastical world where cats become the characters we’ve always imagined from assassins to superstars. Both playful and poetic, this animated short shifted our perspective and made us fall even more in love with our furry feline friends." A tender little film.