making of kubo and the two strings

The magic of stop-motion animation is that it still conjures a “How the hell did they do that?” reaction. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of films from Pixar, Disney Animation, and DreamWorks Animation, but the filmmaking process on CG-animated films doesn’t fill me with awe and wonder. At the end of the day, most modern animation is all about talented people sitting around computers and watching files render for hours on end. The end result can be impressive, but it doesn’t exactly light a fire under my imagination.

So bless Laika, the production company that has spent the past decade making stop-motion movies that dazzle the senses while telling offbeat and unique stories that push the boundaries of the medium. And as much as I have enjoyed their finished work, I often find myself enjoying behind-the-scenes looks at their process even more. This new featurette on the making of Kubo and the Two Strings kind of blows my mind.

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Sausage Party Review

Seth Rogen has said on a number of occasions that the desire to make his own animated movie came from a love for Pixar movies. Even though he didn’t exactly grow up on them as a child (he was already 14 when the first Toy Story arrived in 1995), he’s still loved them immensely as an adult. However, if Rogen was going to attempt to make his version of a Pixar movie, you know it wasn’t going to be anywhere near family friendly.

Sausage Party had a special screening here at Comic-Con last night, and the final result of years of development, test screenings and hard work is an outrageous comedy that brings the laughs hard, and all the most raunchy and raw hilarity hasn’t even been touched by the movie’s marketing.

Get our full Sausage Party review after the jump. Read More »

Sausage Party Trailer

Let’s get this out of the way right now. If you’re already on board for the raunchy, R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, then you probably shouldn’t watch the new red band trailer that was just released. However, if you’re the kind of person that likes to watch all the trailers, then we can’t stop you from watching this latest tease that reveals much more about what happens after Frank the hot dog (voiced by Seth Rogen) learns what happens to food after it goes to the “great beyond” outside of the grocery store.

It’s up to you whether you watch the new red band Sausage Party trailer after the jump. Read More »

Voltron Season 2

Dreamworks Animation and Netflix announced at their San Diego Comic-Con panel yesterday that Voltron Legendary Defender has been renewed for a second season. The critically acclaimed animated series will return for a second season in late 2016. DreamWorks also announced the release of a soundtrack for season one of the show, featuring 11 tracks from series is now available on iTunes. Hit the jump to read the full press release to learn more about Voltron season 2.
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Boss Baby Comic-Con

Following the panel for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, the animation studio decided to surprise the audience with the first footage from their forthcoming comedy The Boss Baby, starring Alec Baldwin, making his first appearance at Comic-Con.

The Boss Baby is inspired by the idea that when a new baby arrives at home, he’s basically the boss of the household with everyone’s schedule adjusting to what the baby wants whenever they want it. But the story takes that concept to a fantastical extreme as the baby acts like a no-nonsense, abrasive corporate executive, made all the better by the voice of Alec Baldwin, essentially bringing his 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy, mixed with his Glengarry Glen Ross character, to life as an animated baby.

So how was the footage shown during The Boss Baby Comic-Con panel? Find out after the jump along with an interesting detail about how the filmmakers decided to have Alec Baldwin take the titular role. Read More »

Trolls Comc-Con Panel

DreamWorks Animation brought their trippy animated musical adventure Trolls to Comic-Con this year. As we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s a feature film adaptation of the wild-haired dolls that became popular in the 1990s, and it brings a bunch of pop music hits to the big screen with a so many bright colors, weird characters and creatures, all making for a delightful acid trip that’s safe for kids.

The studio showed off about 15 minutes of footage from the movie, and I was surprised to find that this wasn’t just a showcase for a bunch of pop songs for no reason. Instead, it’s a musical where the songs really motivate the story and help develop the characters. Plus, the original songs executive produced by Justin Timberlake are bound to be favorites of kids and adults alike.

Read more about the Trolls Comic-Con panel after the jump, including some additions to the cast that just might get you even more interested in an animated movie that looks truly original despite being based on a toyline. Read More »

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Shrek Forever After

We’ve heard some stray rumblings over the years that Shrek 5 could be coming, and now those rumblings have turned into something a little louder and clearer. As Universal nails down the final details of their $3.8 billion deal to acquire DreamWorks Animation, the studio is making plans to release Shrek 5 in 2019. And that’s not all: they’re also moving forward with Shadows, a new feature from Edgar Wright and David WalliamsRead More »

Futurama Live-Action Fan Film Trailer

Fans of Futurama were given a glorious gift when the canceled animated comedy returned for all new episodes for a short period of time. That’s about all fans of a canceled television show can hope for outside of seeing it revived as a feature film. However, now they can have both wishes fulfilled thanks to a simultaneously impressive and fairly creepy project from the folks at Cinema Relics.

Fan-O-Rama is a live-action fan film adaptation of Matt Groening‘s animated series Futurama. Fans of the show know that there’s a lot of elements from the show that would surely look strange when brought into the real world, and the Fan-O-Rama trailer that’s just debuted online is evidence of that for sure, especially when you get a look at Leela, Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth.

Watch the live-action Futurama fan film trailer after the jump. Read More »

fast 8 set photo

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Dwayne Johnson promises an epic prison action scene in Fast 8.
  • Kristen Bell offers a quick update on Frozen 2.
  • A deluge of new Star Trek Beyond clips and featurettes.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight is filming a big highway action scene.
  • A certain billionaire CEO will show up in Star Trek Beyond.
  • Danny Boyle makes a fan’s day on the set of Trainspotting 2.
  • No, Sylvester Stallone is not involved in that Expendables spin-off.

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