Disney has kind of a big movie opening next week, and is using it to promote the other big movies they have coming up next. We’ve already seen the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World and now Disney has released a final trailer for Pixar’s 2013 film, Monsters University. In this trailer, we get our first glimpse at the film’s big Revenge of the Nerds homage, the Scare Games. Students at the university must compete to prove they’re the scariest monsters and it’s up to Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) to help a ragtag fraternity win it all.
Honestly, while this trailer is really great, it’s also incredibly revealing with all kinds of brand new ghosts, gags and ghouls. I’d suggest avoiding it, but since it’ll be attached to Iron Man 3 next week anyway, you might as well watch it now. Read More »
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A couple weeks ago I visited Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA to learn about the five year process of creating Monsters University. The clever folks at Pixar organized the day into a series of classroom environments, each with a teacher who served as a department head on the film. One of the coolest classes explained how Pixar’s art directors created the “monsterfied” college world of MU.
I must warn you, the following report is very NERDY. You’re going to learn a lot of information on the little subtle details that go into the architecture and lightening of this incredibly well-thought out computer animated world. You shouldn’t however worry about spoilers, as the details are pretty much spoiler-free. Any information discussed in terms of plot could be gained through the trailers and marketing released thus far, so don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.
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It’s surprising that we haven’t yet seen a Ratchet and Clank film from Sony. The game series launched in 2002 on the PlayStation 2, and has carried through two console generations and across multiple handheld systems as one of Sony’s premiere first-party franchises. Cute, furry alien hero Ratchet and his helpful, wise-cracking sidekick Clank are featured in eleven primary titles and a set of remastered HD editions of the first few games in the series.
Those two characters, who tackle interstellar adventures in colorful environments and generally without excessive violence, seem tailor-made for success in media beyond video games. Now they’re getting a movie, complete with some of the original video game voice talent. Check out a cute ‘Duck Amuck’-inspired announcement trailer below.
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1A4 Studio is back at it again, and this time they’re going to a galaxy, far, far away. The black and white animation team who’ve made “Speedruns” of The Matrix and Back to the Future have now tackled one of, if not the most beloved films of all time: George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. They’ve animated the entire 1977 classic in 60 seconds. It’s fantastic. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Bad news, everyone: Comedy Central has declined to renew Futurama, making the current seventh season its last. It’s a disappointment fans should be familiar with. Futurama ended its originally run on Fox in 2004, but was brought back to life by Comedy Central in 2008. Its makers don’t sound so shocked either. “I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” executive producer David X. Cohen said. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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The cast of Pixar’s Monsters University already included a few expected names and some good newcomers, including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Helen Mirren, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn. Now there’s a report that many more recognizable names lent their voices to characters in the film. EW says that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski,and Bonnie Hunt are among the voice cast of Monsters University. Sean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina also have roles.
In addition to that news, there are new fraternity and sorority posters showing off many characters from the film. You can see those below. Read More »
Years after both the first and second wave of interest in the knotty little Danish troll dolls that feature placid grins and giant colored hair, DreamWorks Animation is thinking of making a movie. Created in 1959 and popularized in the ’60s, then in the ’80s, the trolls have already starred in games and a TV show aired in the ’90s.
Now the rights have been sold to DreamWorks Animation, which is turning to American Girl senior VP of marketing Shawn Dennis to spearhead the development efforts. Why this property? Two words: brand recognition. OK, two more: potential franchise.
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Mark Andrews, like many of Pixar’s feature directors, has a long history at the company. He worked on The Incredibles as story supervisor, and directed the short One Man Band, and co-wrote Jack-Jack Attack and One Man Band. He was promoted to director of Brave when Brenda Chapman was removed, and watched the film go on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. (A nice feather in his cap, even if that win came as a surprise, given that other nominated films are arguably more successful stories than Brave.)
Now Andrews is at work on a new film, and it is an original concept that he is writing and directing. That should come as good news to those concerned about Pixar’s increasing interest in making sequels. At least, we presume he’s making the film at Pixar, as his comment about the project comes at the end of a string of talk about a possible Brave sequel at the company. Read More »