Peanuts trailer

Frankly, we were pretty nervous when we first heard that Fox and Blue Sky were trying to will a 3D, CG-animated Peanuts movie into being. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) coming on as a producer seemed like a good sign, but we’ve seen enough awful kids’ films to know how easy they are to screw up.

But now the very first Peanuts trailer has arrived, and we’re thrilled and incredibly relieved to see that it is nowhere near horrible. In fact, it’s quite good. Aside from the fact that they’re now 3D and CG-animated, Charlie Brown and Snoopy are exactly as you remember them. Hit the jump to check it out.

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New Peanuts movie

The last time Charlie Brown and Snoopy were in their own big-screen feature was in 1980. But 2015 is the 65th anniversary of the debut of Charles Schulz‘s comic strip ‘Peanuts,’ and also the 50th anniversary of their wonderful special A Charlie Brown Christmas. And so a new Peanuts movie is finally going to arrive. This time the characters will be brought to life via CG (“we’ll see that Snoopy has soft-white fur” says the cartoonist’s son Craig Schulz) and presented in 3D.

The first images from the film have just arrived, heralding tomorrow’s debut teaser. You can see a pair of shots below. Read More »

Metegol as Underdogs

Juan José Campanella followed his Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes with an animated fusbol film that took the Argentine box office by storm last year. The movie, called Metegol at home, was the most expensive Argentine production in history at $21m, but also a very successful release in South America when it hit theaters last summer.

Now The Weinstein Company has picked up US release rights for the movie; trouble is, the Weinstein Co. will release Metegol as Underdogs in the US. Read More »

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order List

We all know that Star Wars: The Clone Wars has always been chronologically set during the three-year time period between the Star Wars prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. To be more specific, 22–19 BBY on the Galactic Standard Calendar (where BBY means Before the Battle of Yavin, and ABY stands for After the Battle of Yavi). But the episodes didn’t take place (ie air) in chronological order. Now that the series is complete, LucasFilm has released an officially cannon Clone Wars Chronological episode order listing which includes the series’ 121 episodes and the feature-length film.

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 Tom Hiddleston The Pirate Fairy

Disney has released a new video clip from their upcoming DisneyToon Studios animated film The Pirate Fairy. The musical animated film is a Tinkerbell spinoff, described as “Hook before the hook” featuring Tom Hiddleston (Loki from the Marvel  movies) as James, a cabin boy who ends up becoming Captain Hook. Christina Hendricks plays the main character Zarina (above), a red-haired bad-ass fairy who falls for Hiddleston’s character.

Hit the jump to watch a clip of Hiddleston singing “The Frigate that Flies” (one of the songs from the film) in the voice over studio, and explaining his character motivations as young Hook.

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Incredibles 3D re-release

We’re not likely to see an Incredibles sequel any time soon, but Brad Bird‘s two Pixar films are going to land back in theaters. Pixar is prepping a The Incredibles 3D re-release, and has also added a third dimension to Ratatouille. These would be the fifth and sixth 3D re-releases of Pixar films; we’ve already seen the first two Toy Story movies in 3D, as well as Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Read More »

Puss In Boots netflix dreamworks

Marvel may have made the biggest splash in terms of a deal with Netflix, but DreamWorks Animation got there first. The first animated show DreamWorks put on Netflix was Turbo Fast, a spin-off from the film featuring a Ryan Reynolds-voiced snail. Now they’ve announced three new shows. The shows are Puss In Boots, from the Shrek franchise; King Julian, starring the lemur from Madagascar; and Veggie Tales in the House, based on the popular family franchise.

Sticking with the short form animation front, Disney and Pixar will premiere a new Cars themed short film, The Radiator Springs 500 ½, on their new Disney Movies Anywhere app later this spring. It’s the first in a new Pixar series of shorts called Tales from Radiator Springs. Check out the first images below. Read More »

Smurfs 3 to be a reboot

In a Sequel Bits column published last month, we learned that Sony was fast-tracking Smurfs 3 but doing it as a completely animated movie rather than a live-action animated hybrid like the first two movies. Today we learn more about the project, which turns out is a complete franchise reboot/origin story. Yes, already.

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