Brad Bird‘s first feature The Iron Giant didn’t make a big splash upon its release in 1999. Warner Bros. didn’t seem to know how to market the film, and with the internet publicity machine only in its first formative stage, some of the tools that can help raise awareness of a film in 2015 were not yet in place.
The Iron Giant resonated with nearly everyone who did see the film, at least, and over the years it has been celebrated as a new classic in hand-drawn animation and science fiction. The good news is that Warner Bros. is planning a brief new theatrical release for a version of the film called The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, with a bit of new footage. There’s a new Iron Giant trailer to advertise the September release, which you can watch below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following Star-Lord, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer has finally gotten his own prequel short from the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series. The fierce and fearless warrior revealed himself to be a bit of a secret softie in the movie, and judging by this video he’s always been that way. See the Drax origin story after the jump. Read More »
GKids will release the English-language remake of Studio Ghibli‘s 1991 anime classic Only Yesterday. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Isao Takahata’s movie has never seen official release in North America and it i the only theatrical Studio Ghibli feature not yet released on home video in the United States or Canada (although a subtitled version of the film aired on Turner Classic Movies in January 2006 as part of the channel’s month-long salute to Miyazaki and Ghibli). GKids is planning the release the English-dubbed film theatrically in early 2016, coinciding with the film’s 25th anniversary. But the bigger news is the voice cast for this English-language release. Hit the jump to read more about the Only Yesterday US release.
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Posted on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Amid a tsunami of tie-ins that included sequels, video games, toys, games, etc., the one thing the Jurassic Park franchise never got was an cartoon. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. Artist William Stout has revealed there were once plans for a Jurassic Park animated series, described as a “mature” primetime show with a “graphic novel look.”
Alas, Steven Spielberg never signed off, so we never got to see the show. But now thanks to Stout’s concept art, we can dream about what might’ve been. See the Jurassic Park animated series artwork after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
In a world of kid-friendly CG animations, Hell and Back stands out as an R-rated, stop-motion endeavor. T.J. Miller and Nick Swardson lead the irreverent voice cast as Augie and Remy, who must journey into the underworld to rescue their buddy Curt (Rob Riggle).
Once there, they encounter all manner of colorful characters including a devious demon voiced by Mila Kunis, a sexy angel voiced by Susan Sarandon, and the Devil himself, voiced by Bob Odenkirk. Danny McBride, Michael Peña, and Jennifer Coolidge also lend their voices to the project. Watch the Hell and Back red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Just last week, we got a first look at the forthcoming Disney Channel TV movie and animated series kick-off The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. An extended sneak peek of the TV movie portion of this follow-up debuted at D23 this weekend, and it’s now available for you to check out.
In The Lion Guard clip, we see Simba and Nala’s second-born cub Kion (voiced by Max Charles of Peabody & Sherman) having some fun with his friends in the Pride Lands, but then he’s forced to show why he’s been tasked with being the protector of his home turf when his best friend Bunga, a feisty honey badger, gets into some trouble with some hyenas. Read More »
Last summer we learned that Warner Bros. was putting together a new big screen version of Scooby-Doo, but at the time it wasn’t clear if it would be another live-action/CG hybrid or if the studio would return to Hanna-Barbera cartoon roots with an animated feature film. Now we have our answer.
The animated Scooby-Doo reboot feature will be an animated film from the Warner Animation Group banner, which had quite a big debut with The LEGO Movie, and they’ve brought in some promising talent with a history bringing Scooby-Doo to life in animated form. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
You’ve seen Groot’s origin story, and Star-Lord’s. Now find out how Rocket Raccoon became the irascible scamp we know and love — and how exactly he came to hook up with gentle giant Groot — in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy animated series short. Watch the Rocket Raccoon origin story after the jump. Read More »
John Lasseter took the stage (again) during Pixar’s portion of the animation panel at the D23 Expo 2015 to talk about Toy Story 4, which has been revealed to be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, inspired by Lasseter’s own relationship with his wife.
Lasseter called Toy Story 3 “a perfect story completion,” but the Pixar brain trust “made a pinky promise never to make another one unless they had a story that was worth it.” This idea came up in a meeting for a different movie, leading to Lasseter and Andrew Stanton privately working on this idea for a while. With a treatment eventually written by Stanton, they took it to Pixar. The Toy Story 4 D23 presentation revealed a couple other details, which we have below. Read More »