batman ninja footage

Batman Ninja, a new animated movie that drops the Dark Knight into Feudal Japan, looks amazing. If you can’t wait to see the film, the first 2 minutes of Batman Ninja footage have found their way online for your viewing pleasure.

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Incredibles 2 Animation Progression

Making an animated film is remarkably different than shooting a live-action movie. Everything is created from scratch, and the process is a much longer, arduous one. Sure, some live-action movies can take awhile to develop and get off the ground, but the amount of production time for an animated movie takes years.

Incredibles 2 has been in the works for 14 years, and the production timetable got pushed up when the original 2019 release date was swapped with the 2018 release of the delayed Toy Story 4. That means the team had to work a little faster to get the film done on time, and we’ve got a look at how a single shot from the animated sequel evolves from a simple storyboard to a meticulously detailed final shot. Read More »

Guillermo del Toro Dreamsworks Animation deal

Very busy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro just added several more projects to his plate. The Shape of Water director just inked a deal with Dreamworks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films for the studio. Does this mean we’re about to get the Guillermo del Toro reboot of Shrek? No, it does not, but we can dream.

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10 Gateway Anime Movies For Studio Ghibli Fans

gateway anime movies

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best anime movies to watch if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli movies.)

It felt like a big, gaping hole was left in the animation industry when Studio Ghibli temporarily shuttered its doors in 2014. The game-changing studio’s co-founder and the greatest animation director of this generation, Hayao Miyazaki, had just retired (again). And with that, Disney was back to dominating the animation market, with quality alternatives few and far between.

For years, Studio Ghibli was an animation titan that not only offered a refreshing foil to Hollywood’s frenetic, action-packed animated movies, but was a genre unto itself. Fans of the works of Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Hiroyuki Morita, Gor? Miyazaki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi didn’t have to say they liked anime — they liked Ghibli. Which is a shame, because Japan’s anime industry has so much more to offer.

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Incredibles 2 Footage Reaction
Some super new Incredibles 2 images are here, showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel. Below you’ll see some progressions from sketch to final rendering, storyboards, and concept art.

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Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest

Update: Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that their new Kung Fu Panda attraction, Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest, will open in June. More details have been added below. Our original article follows.

Universal Studios Hollywood made a couple of big announcements this morning, including:

  • Christmas will be coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a “dazzling light projection show, festive holiday décor and holiday-themed food and beverages.”
  • Shrek 4D is being replaced with DreamWorks Theatre, which will kickstart with a new Kung Fu Panda attraction.

Find all of the details below.

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How to Train Your Dragon 3 title

DreamWorks Animation has unveiled the How to Train Your Dragon 3 title, giving us the name of what is supposed to be the final film in the dragon-riding trilogy. It’s called How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and a conflict may be brewing between best buds Hiccup and Toothless. Check out the synopsis below.
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Beauty and the Beast Recording Sessions

Though you may not know Howard Ashman by name, you’re undoubtedly familiar with his work as one of the lyricists behind the original songs for Disney’s animated classics Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Unfortunately, Ashman passed away far too young at 40 after a battle with AIDS. But his legacy will live through the Disney movies he left his stamp on, and a new documentary wants to make sure everyone remembers him.

Simply titled Howard, the film hails from Beauty and the Beast producer Don Hahn and explores the life and career of the lyricist and playwright. A new clip has debuted to show how he worked behind the scenes during recording sessions at Disney during production on Beauty and the Beast. That means we get to see rare behind the scenes footage of Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury singing the tune “Be Our Guest” as Lumiere and Mrs. Potts respectively. Read More »

Frozone's Wife

While The Incredibles was full of a bunch of memorable characters, there was one character who was quite the scene stealer. This was all the more impressive since it was a character who isn’t even seen in the movie – she is only heard from off-screen. We’re talking about Frozone’s wife, who was not too pleased that her cool superhero husband was desperately looking for his super suit so he could ruin their date night by going out to help The Incredibles stop a giant robot from destroying the city.

With Incredibles 2 on the way, and bringing the return of Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) alongside the titular superhero family, will we finally get to put a face with the voice who dubbed herself the “greatest good” the superhero would ever have? Director Brad Bird gave us the answer when we visited Pixar Animation recently. Read More »

Incredibles 2 Villain - Screen Slaver

Even though Incredibles 2 is less than two months away, Disney and Pixar have largely kept the villain of the animated superhero sequel under wraps. It wasn’t until the most recent trailer popped up that we got our first glimpse at the villain right at the end. The character’s ominous debut arrived at the end of the trailer with the villain introducing himself across the airwaves as The Screen Slaver. But just who is this villain and what are their plans?

While on our visit to Pixar Animation for a sneak peek at Incredibles 2 (check out our extensive footage reaction here), not much was said about the villain of the film. However, concept art on display in the Incredibles 2 gallery provided some new details, and there just might be a hint as to who this villain, hiding in plain sight this entire time, could be.

Find out what we know and what we may have figured out about the new Incredibles 2 villain below, but beware of possible spoilers for the story. Read More »