Moana Review

With several decades of animated movies in its history, it’s a wonder that Walt Disney Animation can still churn out movies that feel as refreshing and satisfying as their latest computer animated delight, Moana. By meshing their traditional magic and narrative tropes with a stunning change of scenery and rich, exotic culture that has never been featured so prominently or respectfully in family film, Disney has crafted a dazzling adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

Read our full Moana review after the jump. Read More »

john-musker and ron clements interview

Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes.

Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about five years ago. Set on an island in Polynesia, the story follows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as she leaves her island, travels the Pacific Ocean, and goes on a spiritual journey with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). They encounter all kinds of monsters, danger, and beauty on their adventure.

We recently discussed Moana‘s scope, the realm of monsters, how the story changed, Jemaine Clement, and more with the directors behind Disney’s latest animated picture, which features original tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

Below, read our John Musker and Ron Clements interview.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Honest Trailer

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’ll be full speed ahead towards Christmas. In fact, some Christmas specials will already start airing at the end of this week. But before one of them returns to TV, maybe you should let Honest Trailers remind you just how weird it is.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic stop-motion animated Christmas special from the iconic Rankin/Bass Productions, and it’s a staple of many families’ holiday traditions. We usually mindlessly watch it, but if you ever pay attention to this special, you’ll realize just how weird it is.

Watch the Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Inner Workings Short

Pixar Animation already covered what happens with our emotions with Inside Out last year. Now Walt Disney Animation is taking a crack at showing us what happens inside our bodies with their latest animated short.

Inner Workings hails from a story artist at Disney named Leo Matsuda, who previously worked on Big Hero 6 and Wreck-It Ralph. As you’ll see in the Inner Workings short teaser trailer after the jump, the heart, brain and lungs are our main characters, attempting to control the whims of a man who is stuck in a mundane job. Will his head or his heart win out? Read More »

Mondo Laika Prints - Kubo and the Two Strings

This was one of those lucky years when we were treated to the beauty of a stop-motion animated movie from those geniuses over at LAIKA. Kubo and the Two Strings didn’t arrive with much pomp and circumstance, but it was quite the satisfying theatrical experience for those of us who went out of our way to see it a couple months ago. For those of you who did catch it and fell in love with it, you might want to stay tuned to Mondo today to get your hands on some stunning new artwork.

Kubo and the Two Strings arrives on home video today, and Mondo is celebrating with a gorgeous new print by artist César Moreno. However, if you happen to be more of a fan of LAIKA’s first movie Coraline, then there are two new prints that might tickle your fancy even more. Check out the Mondo Laika prints after the jump. Read More »

LEGO Frozen Northern Lights Trailer

While Frozen fans are patiently waiting for a sequel to the 2013 hit animated musical, they might take solace in a batch of new animated shorts coming to The Disney Channel next month. However, these versions of their favorite characters are a little different because their inspired by the LEGO versions of them found in the building block playsets.

LEGO Frozen Northern Lights is a new collection of animated shorts featuring the building block versions of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven on an adventure to restore the glimmer of the Northern Lights, which are barely visible from the kingdom of Arendelle. Now the first LEGO Frozen Northern Lights trailer has arrived, and you can watch it below. Read More »

bone movie

If you were to corner me in a darkened alley and place a gun against my head and demand to know my favorite comic book of all time, I’d say Jeff Smith’s Bone. And you wouldn’t even have to go through with the theatrics. Ask me about favorite comic book series of all time in a public space on a sunny day and I’d still tell you all about how Bone is one of the finest achievements in all of sequential art, an adventure story that is funny, adorable, ambitious, filled with unforgettable characters, and never afraid to take its audience down a dark path when necessary. It’s a 55-issue masterpiece.

And they’ve been trying to make it into an animated movie since 2008, with director P.J. Hogan signing on to the project in 2012. Now, it looks like Warner Bros. is starting over from scratch, recruiting Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) to direct and Adam Kline to write the screenplay.

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Beauty and the Beast Trailer Comparison

This week brought the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and fans of the original animated movie from 1991 couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. In fact, so many of them watched the trailer in the first 24 hours that it ended up breaking a world record. But we’ll get to that after the jump.

In addition, one of the fans who can’t wait to see the new Beauty and the Beast decided to take the trailer and line it up with footage from the original animated movie. After you watch it, you’ll see just how perfectly the live-action movie emulates the modern classic.

Watch the Beauty and the Beast trailer comparison and find out what record the trailer broke after the jump. Read More »

Ike's Voice on South Park

Much like Saturday Night Live, the mere existence of a new episode of South Park is a bit of a miracle. Just like the late night sketch show, a new episode of South Park is completed in just six days, which is almost unfathomably fast for an animated comedy series. But thankfully, creators, writers and stars Trey Parker & Matt Stone and their crew have it down to a science, and that even includes one of them using their toddler daughter to create dialogue for a signature character.

A new video has surfaced online featuring Trey Parker directing his three year old daughter Betty to record some dialogue for the show as only a father can. The lines in question are for Kyle Broflovski’s little Canadian brother Ike, whose voice has been performed by a number of child actors throughout the show’s 20-season run. It’s really adorable to see how they get her to say Ike’s lines.

Watch Trey Parker’s daughter act as Ike’s voice on South Park after the jump. Read More »

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Space Jam Sequel with Tiger Woods

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Space Jam, a movie that brings about all sorts of nostalgic memories for children of the 90s. As someone who enjoyed the film growing up, I can’t say that it has aged well, and despite the superstar status of Michael Jordan, he wasn’t exactly the most charismatic actor to put up alongside Bugs Bunny and some of the most iconic cartoons of all time.

But still, Space Jam has plenty of fans, and with the anniversary hitting this week, several outlets spoke to director Joe Pytka this week, and he revealed that director Spike Lee was almost part of the development of the original movie during the screenwriting phase. In addition, he mentioned one abandoned plan for a sequel involving another iconic athlete: Tiger Woods. And for everyone who is either excited or upset about the developing Space Jam 2, the director has some thoughts about that as well. Read More »