Steve Martin voices the main character in Home, a DreamWorks Animation film opening this Thanksgiving. He’s Captain Smek, the leader of a race of aliens called the Boov who are searching for a new planet to call… you know. With a film like this, the studio surely hopes they’re sitting on a new animated franchise. But since Home isn’t based on a well-known property, how does one build buzz? How about releasing a Home short film that serves as a prequel to the movie?
Below, check out exactly that. A four minute short film called Almost Home which tells the amusing backstory to the Boov’s perilous journey. Read More »
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Every year, animated movies are released that fly under the radar and end up being big hits. One of those in recent years was Rio. A sequel, Rio 2, hits theaters next month. Leading up to that release, Titan Books is releasing The Art of Rio, a collection over 300 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital paintings from Rio as well as the upcoming sequel Rio 2.
Below, check out an exclusive set of images from the book. Read More »
Possibly the best recent take on Homer Simpson is in The Simpsons couch gag, by Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet. Homer is the sort of guy who would probably turn up his nose at “snooty” French stuff, only to discover that escargots can be pretty delicious. So it’s pretty neat to see the French animation director, who also did The Illusionist, taking charge of latest couch gag for The Simpsons.
Chomet pushes the TV family into slightly new territory, but the underlying jokes are all pretty familiar: Homer is fat, Bart is impish, and Lisa likes animals. But it’s a pretty weird take on all that, and very much worth watching. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
A dozen years passed between Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, but Disney/Pixar isn’t waiting nearly that long to bring the dynamic duo of Mike and Sulley back again. The Monsters University short Party Central is due to be released in theaters with Muppets Most Wanted later this month, and today we have a new clip featuring the Oozma Kappa brothers getting a bit devious. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s too soon to say how 2014 as a whole will pan out for cinema, but any year that includes a new release by Laika can’t be all that bad. The animation studio has given us two excellent family films already in Coraline and ParaNorman, and the latest The Boxtrolls trailer suggests that their next feature will be every bit as winning. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Seth MacFarlane is still working on that sequel to Ted, but in the meantime our screens will be filled with a kinder, gentler breed of stuffed animated animal. While the first Paddington trailer doesn’t reveal much, it does set the tone for a sweetly fantastical family adventure — basically, everything Ted was not.
At the center of the story is the titular bear (voiced by Colin Firth), an unfailingly polite Anglophile who arrives in London from Peru to start a new life. He’s lost and alone until he’s taken in by the generous Brown family (led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). Watch the cute new trailer after the jump.
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This Roger Rabbit deleted scene explains so much. A video has been brought to our attention from the DVD of Robert Zemeckis‘ 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In it, Zemeckis and his crew discuss a deleted scene they refer to as “The Pig Head Sequence” which was the first completed scene in the film, but was later cut out. The scene explains why Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) awkwardly comes into in his office to meet Jessica Rabbit with his shirt off in the final film. He was washing off a giant ‘toon pig head.
Below, watch the Roger Rabbit deleted scene as well as some behind the scenes looks at how it was created. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, and the folks behind a new animated sequel are hoping you’ll want to celebrate with a return trip. The new Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return trailer promises more action and adventure, as the plucky Kansan heroine (voiced by Lea Michele) is whisked back to the Emerald City once more.
When she arrives, she learns that the land is being taken over by the cruel Jester (Martin Short), and that she is Oz’s only hope for salvation. So she joins forces with her old pals — including the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), and the Lion (Jim Belushi) — to fight back, making some new friends along the way. Watch the video after the jump.
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