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“The weird thing, for me, is that the reason I felt this was the right movie to make was because the tone didn’t feel that different [compared to my past work]. Sometimes I would joke that we’re just remaking Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with a dragon instead of Casey Affleck,” director David Lowery says, comparing his upcoming fairy tale, Pete’s Dragon, to his meditative and somber 2013 drama. “All the movies I make I can’t help but to make them incredibly personal, try to make them mine. That’s just the way I do it.” The co-writer/director didn’t expect to follow up his acclaimed tone poem with a Disney remake, but once he and Toby Halbrooks finished the first draft of the script, he thought, “Of course this is the next movie I’m going to make.”

Below, check out our Pete’s Dragon preview.

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pixar short film Piper

If you’re like me, you enjoy Pixar’s animated short films almost as much as you do their features. The latest short from the Emeryville-based animation studio is Alan Barillaro‘s directing debut Piper, which in my opinion might be the best theatrical short film from Pixar in a decade.

I first saw this short film at a Finding Dory early press day a few months back, where minutes before the screening not one person outside of Pixar even knew of this short film’s existence. I was gobsmacked by this adorable yet beautiful piece of cinema. I have since seen it two more times and it doesn’t get old. You’ll see the whole short film playing in front of Finding Dory, in theaters later this week. But for now take in this short 24-second preview to get you excited.
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Inner Workings

This weekend brought the first trailer for Disney Animation’s Moana, and now we also have a first peek at the short film that’ll debut with Moana. Inner Workings dives into the head-vs.-heart dichotomy we’re all familiar with, as a fearful brain and his good-time heart wrestle inside an ordinary Joe. An Inner Workings first look image has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this week, and you can check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Life Animated Trailer

Almost everyone has memories of growing up watching Disney movies. Whether it was in theaters or on VHS, the animated movies of Walt Disney Pictures have touched billions. But for one young man, they helped him cope with autism and connect to a world that he struggled to understand.

Life, Animated tells the story of Owen Suskind, an outgoing child who suddenly showed signs of autism at a young age. The documentary tells his life story as we follow Owen, now a twentysomething young man, as he sets out to live in his own apartment for the first time. And in this story, we see how Disney movies changed his life by way of clips from the movies, reenactment by Owen himself, and some gorgeous original animation as well. Watch the Life Animated trailer after the jump. Read More »

Finding Dory Clips

This week brings Pixar Animation’s anticipated sequel Finding Dory, the follow-up to the animation studio’s 2003 hit undersea adventure Finding Nemo. The early buzz on the film is that while it treads the same water that the first film covered, it’s still an outstanding sequel and will get the water works flowing from your eyes.

If you still need some more convincing to catch Finding Dory with your family this weekend, some new clips have just emerged online, featuring a bunch of the new aquatic characters, including Kaitlin Olsen and Ty Burrell as a couple of whales, Ed O’Neill as Hank the octopus. Read More »

Star Wars Video Games

Electronic Arts has a huge deal with Lucasfilm to produce a variety of video games based on Star Wars in the coming years. They kicked off their endeavor in a big way with DICE’s update of Star Wars Battlefront last fall, and there’s a follow-up coming next year (as well as even more expansions throughout this year up through December). But that was just the beginning.

At the big E3 expo for video games that kicked off this past weekend, EA unveiled a video showing off some of the new Star Wars video games they’re working on for the next few years, including a couple that we really don’t know much about at all. Plus, you can get a glimpse of the Bespin and Death Star expansion packs coming to Star Wars Battlefront, and a quick glimpse at some kind of VR X-Wing project in the works as well. Read More »

Moana Trailer

This fall, Disney adds another princess to their roster of female characters with Moana. However, rather than having another princess who needs saving by a handsome, Disney is continuing their increased dedication to creating strong female characters for little girls to look up to while also delivering some diversity with their first South Pacific princess, voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho.

The first Moana trailer has arrived, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the title character’s high seas journey that will see her teamed up with a demi-god named Maui, voiced by none other than one of the hardest working talents in Hollywood today, Dwayne Johnson. Watch the Moana trailer after the jump. Read More »

Marvel 2016 Comic-Con

Last year, much to the dismay of comic book movie fans, Marvel Studios decided not to attend San Diego Comic-Con. Instead, Marvel chose to show off what they had coming soon at Disney’s D23 Expo. Thankfully, this year it appears Marvel Studios won’t be sitting out the hype machine that is the biggest pop culture convention in the world.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson appears to be hinting that Marvel Studios is bringing a tease of this fall’s release of Doctor Strange to Comic-Con. In addition, a quick little exchange with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn seems to indicate that the cosmic Marvel sequel will also have a presence in San Diego. Find out more about the Marvel 2016 Comic-Con presence after the jump. Read More »

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Most diehard Pixar fans probably don’t rank the Cars films amongst their favorites. They’re not the company’s most acclaimed or successful animated features, but they do sell a ton of toys and, whether you like these movies or not, at least a lot of kids seem to respond to them. The ensemble of talking cars, including Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), will return to theaters next summer.

The third installment, unlike its predecessor, is not a spy film. Below, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, John Lassetter, discusses the Cars 3 plot.

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