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 »
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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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Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Deadpool 2 director Tim Miller and his studio both have different ideas for who should play Cable.
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter becomes a real family affair.
- Transformers: The Last Knight reveals a returned Barricade.
- Vin Diesel thinks xXx: Return of Xander Cage is too short.
- Shane Black likes your Monster Squad sequel idea.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finds a composer.
- The Croods 2 moves to 2018.
- Every easter egg you missed in Star Trek Beyond.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
“What would WWE wrestlers look like as animated surfing penguins?” is probably not a question you’ve ever thought to ask, let alone expected to be answered. But sometimes life is full of delightful surprises. Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania picks up with young surfing penguin Cody Maverick, who along with his friends Chicken Joe and Lani fall in with the Hang Five. Described as “the most extreme dream team” of surfers, the Five have the extreme voices to match their extreme skills: they are portrayed by the WWE’s
Described as “the most extreme dream team” of surfers, the Five have the extreme voices to match their extreme skills: they are portrayed by the WWE’s John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige, and Mr. McMahon. Watch the Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania trailer below.
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The Dark Knight has been portrayed by multiple actors over the decades. Michael Keaton played him for Tim Burton, Christian Bale played him for Christopher Nolan, and Kevin Conroy brought him to life in cartoon form in Batman: The Animated Series. But for older generations, Batman will always been Adam West, and now he’s reprising the role in a new animated movie.
We first heard about the animated Batman 1966 movie in the spring of 2015 with a plan to bring back the classic versions of Batman and Robin this year, just in time for the TV show’s 50th anniversary. Adam West and Burt Ward are back as Batman and Robin, and the first teaser trailer for the straight-to-DVD animated feature has just arrived online.
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The latest rumor in the Disney theme park rumor mill claims that the Lilo & Stitch-themed Stitch’s Great Escape! attraction in Walt Disney World resort’s the Magic Kingdom could be replaced with a virtual reality simulation ride based on Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph. Hit the jump to learn more about this latest rumor.
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
In a summer marked by one cinematic disappointment after another, Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon‘s Sausage Party has emerged as a rare success story: a truly original feature that got great reviews and great box office. Even more impressively, Sausage Party managed all that on a reported budget of under $20 million. For comparison, Pixar’s latest release, Finding Dory, cost around $200 million to make.
But alas, that win may have come at an unfair cost to many of the people who worked on it. Anonymous commenters claiming to be animators who worked on the movie have accused the filmmakers and the production company, Nitrogen Studios, of forcing artists to work overtime for free, and then failing to credit many of them onscreen. Dig into the Sausage Party animators controversy below. Read More »
The final numbers for this past weekend’s box office aren’t in yet, but it looks like Sausage Party will have raked in just over $33 million. That’s an impressive debut for an R-rated animated comedy, especially opening up against the second weekend of blockbuster like Suicide Squad. It appears audiences were interested in something that was truly original and went against the grain of what’s been playing on most screens all summer.
Now a new Sausage Party featurette dives into one of the most important elements of the movie, though it’s not a piece you’d immediately recognize as being integral to a movie like this. Since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg aren’t animators, it should come as no surprise that they brought in experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan to helm the feature. But what’s truly surprising is they got Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, to compose the score and the opening musical number in the grocery store. The filmmakers and composer talk about their approach to the score in a new Sausage Party featurette. Read More »