The Incredibles

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Samuel L. Jackson has already started working on The Incredibles 2.
  • Yes, Samuel L. Jackson (again) has seen Split and has sequel thoughts.
  • It looks like a familiar face is back for Jurassic World 2.
  • Keanu Reeves wouldn’t say no to a fourth Matrix movie.

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Pixar changes movies for international audiences

Hollywood movies are screened all over the world, but since most movies that come out of the entertainment capital of the United States are in English, they have to be dubbed or subtitled in various languages. However, those aren’t the only changes that are made to movies when they screen around the world. Some dialogue has to be changed to be more culturally relevant, and some scenes need to be cut entirely due to certain cultural standards in other countries. But what about animated movies?

A new video illustrates how Pixar Animation makes changes to their movies in order to be more accessible to international audiences. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing the text of a title card, handwritten letter or street sign to be in a different language. But there are more significant changes too, like swapping out broccoli in Inside Out for bell peppers in Japan.

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star wars rebels

This week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels had a lot of mythology and introduced some massive changes to the DisneyXD animated series. Let’s take a look at some of executive producer Dave Filoni‘s comments on this big change, including the implications of possible returning characters and the big question: Will we get a Star Wars Rebels season 4?

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Zootopia Parody Posters

Since Zootopia has been on home video for awhile, I hope you’ve taken the time to pause the movie during the scene where Duke Weaselton is selling bootleg copies of movies we all know and love, but with an animal twist that only Zootopia can offer. You’ll find titles like Wreck-It Rhino, Meowana and Pig Hero 6 in the pile of bootleg movies, showing us what the animal versions of those movies would be like in the thriving metropolis of anthropomorphic creatures.

Now Zootopia directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard, as well as screenwriter Jared Bush, have created parody posters for some of the Oscar nominees who will be vying for a golden man when the awards are passed on this Sunday, February 26. They include pun-tastic parodies of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, La La Land, Hell or High Water and more.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Series

Since almost everything is recycled nowadays, it should come as no surprise that a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs animated series is coming to Cartoon Network in the near future (especially since we reported on it back in 2014). Plenty of movies have been turned into animated series after they found success on the big screen, such as the forthcoming Tangled animated series coming to Disney Channel. And this one has the same animation style as Disney’s television follow-up.

The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs series actually puts a different spin on the characters from the film franchise. We follow inventor Flint Lockwood in his teenage years, when he’s still trying out new inventions with terrible acronyms, and hasn’t yet created the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (FLDSMDFR). A new Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs clip gives us a sneak preview of one of Flint’s new inventions, and you can watch it below. Read More »

Moana Deleted Scene

In Disney’s hit animated adventure Moana, our title character sets out to sea with little to no experience sailing. Eventually, she learns some tips and tricks thanks to the help of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But in an earlier draft of Moana, the character was actually a little more proficient at sailing, even outdoing her six brothers.

That’s right, in an earlier edition of Moana, our hero actually had six older brothers. When Moana hits home video very soon, there will be a deleted scene featuring the siblings together in a little sailing race just off the coast of their island. It shows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) had no trouble keeping up with (and even surpassing) her brothers on the sea, despite the fact that they were older. That scene has made its away online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »

moana cut song

The best thing about Disney’s Moana is that it is unabashedly an old-school musical, with its unique setting and fantastical story adding a fresh flavor to an experience that is defined by incredible showstoppers. And like every musical ever conceived since the dawn of the form, not every track written for the film made it into the final cut. Thankfully, we live in an age of home video special features and even more thankfully, we live in an age where those special features arrive online in advance of the actual Blu-ray and DVD release, allowing us to hear a sample from one of those songs that didn’t make the final cut.

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the lego batman movie

It’s hard to dislike any movie that features a Gymkata joke inside a Gremlins joke inside a The Twilight Zone joke, so yes, The LEGO Batman Movie is perfectly delightful. When a film’s biggest flaw is that there are so many jokes that you can’t keep up with them and start to feel overwhelmed by the number of Easter eggs and references flying by you (and sometimes right over your head), something has been done right. This film is an anarchic joy and a worthy successor to the subversive The LEGO Movie, the rare blockbuster that chomped down the hand that feeds it with gleeful abandon.

But here’s the thing: The LEGO Batman Movie is actually a damn good Batman movie. More than that, it’s a movie that’s all about how to be a better fan. And not just a fan of Gotham City’s homegrown billionaire vigilante – this movie is a guidebook for how to properly appreciate the characters and stories you love.

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The LEGO Batman Movie iPhone Easter Egg

Now that millions of people have seen The LEGO Batman Movie, there has been plenty of talk about all the villains that appear in the movie (including the ones that didn’t make the cut), and what the future might hold in store for LEGO Batman in the building block cinematic universe that will expand even more later this year with The LEGO Ninjago Movie. But there’s one fun tidbit regarding The LEGO Batman Movie that you might not have heard about yet.

Your iPhone is updating all the time, and on many occasions, you probably don’t even notice the updates in question. One of those updates was the addition of an easter egg tied to The LEGO Batman Movie. You don’t have to do anything to download it, because it’s already there. You just have to say the right thing to Siri.

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the Lego Batman Movie villains

We’ll wait and see if The LEGO Batman Movie will get a sequel, but the lego character will return in The LEGO Movie 2, coming out on February 8th, 2019. director Chris McKay recently teased the character’s future in addition to discussing some LEGO villains he considered for the film (Spoilers below).

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