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Full Trailer for Fun Animated Series 'Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai'
"We are dealing with creatures who want chaos. I simply need to channel their destructive energy." HBO Max has launched the main official trailer for their animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, made at Warner Bros Animation. This is the highly anticipated return of the Gremlins creatures, bringing back the beloved little monsters (and the evil ones, too) for a new story set in the past. The animated series consists of 10 episodes to start and is intended to be a prequel to the 1984 film Gremlins and its 1990 sequel The New Batch. Set in 1920s Shanghai, East China, Secrets of the Mogwai tells the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing met Gizmo, a young Mogwai. Starring the voices of Izaac Wang as Sam Wing, Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong, James Hong, Matthew Rhys, A.J. Locascio, Gabrielle Green, and Zach Galligan; plus guest stars Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei, Bowen Yang. This is a much better trailer than the first teaser, with some cool visuals and amusing moments. Yeah I will watch this when it debuts, to give it a look because I love the original Gremlins movies. Hoping this is good fun. Magic is all around us…
Watch: Animated Short 'Silvering' About a Woman Finding a Grey Hair
You never want to find your first grey hair. It's not a great experience. Yeah, it's normal, we all get grey hair at some point in our lives. But why now?! This animated short film called Silvering is made by a Scottish animation filmmaker named Eilidh Nicoll, who made this personal film about her own experience with a stray hair. Nicoll made this as her graduation film from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2021. This 6-minute short is written and directed and animated entirely by Nicoll, and has no dialogue - but it definitely doesn't need any. The sound design does all the work, along with the distinct style of the hand-drawn animation. As always, animated shorts are powerful in their storytelling potential - they're always so creative and engaging and clever, offering different perspectives and insight into life's experiences. Enjoy Nicoll's Silvering below.
› Posted on May 9 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
Full Trailer for 'Clone High' Revival - Animated Series Returns This May
"The clones – they're just horny science experiments!" Ohh they definitely are! HBO Max has unveiled the full official trailer for Clone High, the return of the cult classic animated series from Lord & Miller. Same style, same characters, even some of the same voice cast. Clone High was the very first creation of Phil Lord & Chris Miller, now known for Cloudy, The Lego Movie, Solo, 21 Jump Street. It was cancelled after one season in 2002 - but it's back 21 years later. After a high school that was secretly being run as an experiment to clone the greatest minds in history was put on ice, all of the young clones have been thawed out 20 years later to resume the experiment with new clone classmates—all while navigating a new set of cultural norms. With the voices of Will Forte as Abe Lincoln, Nicole Sullivan as Joan of Arc, Christa Miller as Candide Simpson, Donald Faison as George Washington Carver, Judah Miller as Scangrade, plus Ayo Edebiri, Mitra Jouhari, Vicci Martinez, Kelvin Yu, Neil Casey, Jana Schmieding, & many others. This looks like it's going to be a blast - recapturing the spirit of the original, updated for modern times with new jokes.
Watch: Delightful Animated Short Film 'La Plongeuse' About a Diver
Up to the top of the diving board! Encore! Encore! Practice, practice, practice makes perfect, as they say… But what about some rest and recovery? Maybe a bit of that, too, can help make perfect. La Plongeuse is a mesmerizing animated short film made by a Ukrainian filmmaker based in France named Iulia Voitova. La Plongeuse translates directly to The Diver, as the short is about a diver. This was her graduation project in 2018 from the animation school La Poudrière in Bourg lès Valence, France - now online for everyone to watch. A professional diver undergoes an intense training regime punctuated by relentless blasts on her trainer's whistle. Utterly exhausted, she refuses to dive again and decides to visit a masseur. I'm a fan of this minimalistic animation style, using paint and paper to craft the characters and bring the sports story to life.
› Posted on May 5 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
Three More Fun TV Spots for 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'
"Being Spider-Man is a sacrifice." More 30-second TV spots for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse have arrived online, and they're both worth a watch. The astounding second trailer debuted a month ago - and the movie opens worldwide in one month from now. I cannot wait!! Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse with Gwen Stacey, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero. Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles, along with a cast featuring Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen, Issa Rae and Oscar Isaac (as "Spider-Man 2099" / Miguel O'Hara) in major roles, plus Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya as "Spider-Punk", and Jason Schwartzman as the Spot. One of my most anticipated summer movies!! Got a feeling this might live up to, or even surpass, the first movie which is not an easy feat. So far this is looking as amazing as it should with one month left to go. I'm there opening day.
Behind-the-Scenes of 'Star Wars: Visions' Volume 2's Animated Shorts
It's May 4th!! In celebration of Star Wars Day 2023, Lucasfilm has debuted their latest selection of animated shorts featured in Star Wars: Visions Volume 2. All of these really look wonderful. The official trailer launched a month ago, now they've released a featurette to go along with it - and remind everyone these are now available to watch on Disney+. This latest set includes nine new shorts from nine celebrated animation studios from different countries. Including new Star Wars films from these outstanding animation houses: Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman Animation (United Kingdom), Studio Mir (South Korea), Studio La Cachette (France), 88 Pictures (India), D'art Shtajio (Japan) in collaboration with Lucasfilm in the US, and finally Triggerfish (South Africa). There's not a lot of behind-the-scenes footage shown in this, it's mainly footage of various producers talking about how excited they are about working with these various animation studios from around the world. Give me an entire doc on these.
Watch: Chester Cornell Confronts Death in 'Yona' Animated Short Film
At some point or another, you will always confront your deepest, darkest secrets before the end of your time. It's inevitable. Yona is an excellent animated short film made in France by filmmakers Gautier Alfirevic & Kevin "Teau" Rose. This initially premiered in 2019, but we're just catching up with it now thanks to a reminder from our friends at Short of the Week. It's still worth a watch anyway. After an expedition that went wrong, Chester Cornell, American Captain of the Union finds himself deeply wounded. As he is about to die, an unexpected encounter will make him face his fears and doubts. I'm glad this was made in France because they show the ugly truth about America's past and its mistreatment of Native Americans, especially throughout this time in the country. This short is also for adults, not for kids, with a horrifyingly dark story.
› Posted on May 2 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
A Basketball Anime from Japan - 'The First Slam Dunk' Teaser Trailer
"Miyagi. This is your stage." GKids Films has revealed a first look teaser for the US release of the Japanese anime comedy The First Slam Dunk, adapted from the manga by Takehiko Inoue. After opening in Japan late last year, it's set for US release this summer in theaters. The First Slam Dunk is an update based on the iconic comics and previous series, including Slam Dunk from the 90s and Slam Dunk: The Movie in 1994. Takehiko Inoue's basketball series had a huge impact when it was first published in the 90s, so much so that it created a huge surge in interest in the sport in Japan. The movie shifts the focus from Hanamichi to his teammate Ryota Miyagi, the point guard for the Shohoku high school basketball team, and his story and personal challenges. Hanamachi is also in the film, as are teammates Takenori Akagi, Hisashi Mitsui and Kaede Rukawa, who fans will recognize from the original series. Featuring the voices of Shugo Nakamura, Jun Kasama, Shin'ichirō Kamio, Subaru Kimura, & Kenta Miyake. This looks like good fun! Enjoy.
Check This Out: Stop-Motion Samurai Project 'Hidari' in Development
Wooden puppet stop-motion samurai awesomeness! A must watch! Hidari is a stop-motion animated film currently in development in Japan under the direction of Masashi Kawamura. The film recently finished a massive funding round on Kickstarter, and they've released a 5-minute pilot short to show everyone how this will look. IT RULES!! I've always been a fan of stop-motion, but I've never seen anything like this. The film tells the story of "Jingoro Hidari," a legendary Edo-era craftsman. All characters are made by wood & animated frame-by-frame, just like how Jingoro's wooden sculptures came to life in his stories. This short mixes dynamic action as seen in Japanimation, and the rich analog expressions of stop-motion. "As a kid who was raised watching films by Ray Harryhausen, Kihachiro Kawamoto, and Phil Tippett, I always dreamt about one day creating a long length stop-motion animation film." I'm 100% in. Can't wait to see it finished.
› Posted on April 27 in Animation, Feat, Short Film, To Watch | 3 Comments
First Teaser for Disney's 'Wish' Movie Introducing Asha & Her Pet Goat
"Imagine a place where wishes come true…" Disney has unveiled the teaser trailer for their latest animated movie titled Wish, initially inspired by the classic Disney lyric "when you wish upon a star…" This first look teaser introduces 17-year-old Asha, the powerful King Magnifico, Asha's pet goat Valentino, and Star, a celestial ball of boundless energy that Asha's wish calls down from the sky. It also features a snippet of the song "This Wish," performed by Ariana DeBose; one of several brand new songs written by Julia Michaels and Benjamin Rice for the magical animated movie. The all-new musical-comedy welcomes audiences to Rosas, a fantastical land located off the Iberian Peninsula. "Our heroine, Asha, lives in Rosas, known as the kingdom of wishes. People come from everywhere to give their wishes to a magical king who promises to grant their deepest desires—someday. Only he can decide which wishes will come true and when." Featuring a score by composer Dave Metzger in addition to the original songs. With the voices of DeBose, plus Chris Pine as Magnifico, and Alan Tudyk as Asha's goat, Valentino. This looks super charming and wholesome.
› Posted on April 27 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
Watch: Funky Animated Short 'How My Grandmother Became a Chair'
Cozy up with this wonderfully funky animated short from Lebanon about a wild family and their grandma. How My Grandmother Became a Chair is an animated short film made by filmmaker Nicolas Fattouh. After playing at film festivals for the past two years, the short is now available online for everyone to enjoy. Grandmother loses her five senses one after the other until she transforms into a wooden chair. Throughout her transformation, she realizes that her housekeeper is not the wild animal she thought she was – but the real, caring and strong family member grandmother was looking for. An important story for all of us to learn from. It's inspired by Nicolas's own grandmother, Nadia Fattouh, and their housekeeper Asteer Chala. The short was initially awarded at the Arab Animation Forum (Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film in 2017), and won the Robert Bosch Stiftung Prize in 2018. He's already working on two more new shorts after this. Enjoy.
› Posted on April 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
Hang Out with Best Friends 'Frog and Toad' in Animated Series Trailer
"I'm glad you got me out of bed to enjoy this day with you." Apple has revealed an official trailer for a new animated series titled Frog and Toad, an adaptation of the adored book series of the same name about a frog and toad. The two go on all kinds of fun adventures. "From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be." A series about true friendship. This animated offering for streaming on Apple TV+ has an impressive cast: Nat Faxon as Frog, Kevin Michael Richardson as Toad, Ron Funches as Racoon, Margaret Cho as Turtle, Yvette Nicole Brown as Rabbit, Fortune Feimster, Cole Escola, Aparna Nancherla, John Hodgman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Tom Kenny, Selene Luna, Betsy Sodaro, and Rob Hoegee (the showrunner is also voicing Mole). This looks super chill and wholesome, a feel-good series for anyone - doesn't matter how old or young you are. I probably shouldn't say it, but this seems the perfect stoner show.
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