Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Video game movies are still a dicey proposition, as we saw when Warcraft tanked in the U.S. earlier this year. But one that did quite well for itself was The Angry Birds Movie. Sure, its reviews were mixed, but its box office performance was solid. All in all, its worldwide gross came out to more than four times its budget. So of course the people behind it want to replicate that success.
An Angry Birds Movie sequel is in the works, as confirmed by Rovio, the Finnish company that puts out the Angry Birds video games. Read More »
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Sadly, Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings came in fourth place at the box office this past weekend. It’s the Portland-based company’s lowest-grossing opening weekend to date, which is a shame. The beautiful, elegant and often moving stop-motion / CG hybrid may not have immediately caught on with moviegoers, but the film already has its fans, and some of those fans may want to get their hands on the Kubo and the Two Strings soundtrack on Vinyl. Thanks to Mondotees, they’ll soon be able to do so.
Below, learn more about the Kubo and the Two Strings vinyl release.
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About a week ago, the first promotional teaser arrived for an animated feature that would bring back Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. The two actors played the live-action television iterations of the Caped Crusaders in a TV series that started back in 1996, and now we get to see (or rather hear) the duo back in action with the full trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
The animated feature is modeled after the 1966 series, complete with plenty of cheesy jokes, Robin’s signature “Holy ____, Batman” lines, and all of the key villains back to bring trouble to Gotham City all over again.
Watch the Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders trailer after the jump. Read More »
Even though the hype surrounding Frozen has died down since it was released late in 2013, that doesn’t mean the love isn’t still there for Disney’s popular musical from Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Plus, the hype will return once Frozen 2 gets into full swing. We just heard the cast is waiting for the script to be finalized before they start recording sometime this year. In the meantime, there are also some LEGO Frozen animated shorts on the way. But if you need your Frozen fix now, we’ve got something cool for you.
Cyclops Print Works has collaborated with artist Brittney Lee to create two different Frozen prints featuring Anna and Elsa. What’s cool about these particular prints is that Brittney Lee was also a visual development artist on Frozen, having designed all of Anna’s dresses and hairstyles, not to mention Elsa’s signature braid, shoes and parts of her dress. So these two Frozen prints come straight from one of the artists who made these characters look stunning on the big screen. Check them out below. Read More »
Any fan of Joss Whedon‘s sci-fi series Firefly will tell you that it’s one of those shows that came to an end far too soon. It only lasted for a single 14-episode season, but that was enough for it to become a cult favorite TV series with a rabid following always hoping for the show to make some kind of comeback. Fans can take solace in the fact that they got a feature film to follow up the show in the form of Serenity, but of course, they still want more.
Sadly, we’re not likely to ever get any new episodes of Firefly or a sequel to Serenity, but maybe artist Stephen Byrne can help keep the fans at bay with his creation of a teaser for The Animated Adventures of Firefly. Watch the fanmade teaser for a Firefly animated series after the jump. Read More »
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This past weekend brought Kubo and the Two Strings to theaters, another gorgeous stop-motion animated adventure from the geniuses at LAIKA. As time goes on, stop-motion animation just gets more and more impressive thanks to the advancement of the technology used to make it. There’s some digital assistance here and there, but largely, it’s just some fine work done by brilliant animators who know exactly what they’re doing. However, one particular sequence needed a lot of digital assistance to come to life
One of the more breathtaking sequences in Kubo and the Two Strings comes from the opening scene when Kubo’s mother is navigating a roaring ocean in the middle of a storm. Thanks to a new featurette, we get the details on how digital animation and stop-motion puppetry combined to create this beautiful sequence. Read More »
Godzilla is in the midst of a pretty big comeback overseas with the release of Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence as it’s known in the United States) in Japan. The revival of the iconic monster franchise hit theaters back in June and is getting close to hitting $50 million, which is more than the $31.6 million grossed by Legendary’s Godzilla reboot by Gareth Edwards back in 2014. And there’s more of Godzilla on the way.
Toho, the company who created Godzilla, is looking to keep the renewed interest in the franchise going strong with a new animated movie, the first in the franchise’s 62-year history. Get the details on the animated Godzilla movie after the jump. Read More »
With Kubo and the Two Strings, the CEO & President of Laika, Travis Knight, makes his feature directorial debut. Knight’s 3D stop-motion / CG hybrid follows a brave young hero named Kubo (Art Parkinson), as he goes on an epic quest to retrieve what’s needed to defeat Raiden the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Along for the samurai’s emotional adventure are Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).
The Japan-set film’s style was inspired by ink wash paintings, Noh theater, and period doll making. One of the biggest influences for Knight, besides the famous woodblock painter Kiyoshi Saito, was ukiyo-e (translation: pictures of the floating world). The director was most drawn to the work of Hokusai and Hiroshige, and the former’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa” clearly inspired the film’s opening sequence, which we talked about with Knight.
During our time with the filmmaker, we discussed the work Laika put into crafting some of Kubo and the Two Strings‘ most visually stunning sequences, in addition to why they’ll never make sequels. Below, read our Travis Knight interview.
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Laika is about to unveil their fourth feature film to the world. Their latest adventure, Kubo and the Two Strings, is, like Coraline and ParaNorman, a self-contained story. Travis Knight‘s film doesn’t leave the door open for a sequel. In the hands of another studio, maybe it would, but Knight, who’s also the CEO & President of Laika, has no interest in attempting to launch a franchise with Kubo and the Two Strings — or any of Laika’s other movies.
Below, find out why you shouldn’t expect to see any Laika sequels.
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