Inside Out saturday night live

This weekend, when you sit down to see Inside Out, you’ll probably be a little too blown away to get up once the credits start to roll. And if you stay for the credits, you’ll notice Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live are given special thanks. Speaking to director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, I asked why that was. The Inside Out team spent a week on the set of the show learning how seemingly spontaneous entertainment works for a specific sequence in the film. Read more about the Inside Out Saturday Night Live connection below. Read More »

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2015 is the rare year with not one but two Pixar films: this weekend’s Inside Out, and this fall’s still-mysterious The Good Dinosaur.

Most of what we’ve heard about the latter so far has had to do with its offscreen woes. The Good Dinosaur was originally scheduled for release in 2014, but was yanked off the calendar for extensive retooling. Now that it’s on track for a fall 2015 release, Pixar and director Peter Sohn are eager to show off some of the goods.

In an hourlong presentation this morning, Sohn offered a first look at some charming new footage from the film. In addition, he offered new details about the story and making of The Good Dinosaur, including his inspirations for the movie. (Yes, Jurassic Park came up.) Find out everything we learned after the jump.  Read More »

Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer

Family issues get more complicated in Hotel Transylvania 2 when the half-vampire grandson of the Adam Sandler-voiced version of Dracula doesn’t seem to be developing his monster side, and when Drac’s daughter gets a real taste of the human world while visiting human in-laws.

But the real attraction here is probably Mel Brooks, who voices the very old and seriously old-school father of Sandler’s vampire. That’s likely to provide even more generational conflict, and with Brooks providing the voice work, we’re ready to see (or hear) it in action. Get a taste of Brooks’ work in the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer, below. Read More »

Secret Lives of Pets teaser

Take the idea of Toy Story, but feature animals as the central characters rather than toys, and you have the setup for The Secret Lives of Pets, Illumination’s Summer 2016 animated film. Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Burress and Albert Brooks the film answers the question what happens with your pets as they’re home alone all day.

Check out the first Secret Lives of Pets trailer below, along with a poster and some stills. Read More »

Toy Story honest trailer

No one argues the impact of Toy Story. The 1995 film totally changed the world of animation, making hand-drawn films all but obsolete. Pixar’s way of thinking changed filmmaking, too. The studio’s incredible success rate, which started with Toy Story, was due in part of their Brain Trust method of making movies. Since then almost every major studio has adopted this thinking in one way or another. Not to mention the film is just delightful. It is funny, introspective, and smart, a true cinema classic.

So is there anything wrong with it? Well, maybe. The team at Honest Trailers have made a Toy Story Honest Trailer that celebrates the film for its quality and cultural significance, but also questions some of the film’s philosophy and context. It’s a very interesting and entertaining watch. Check out the Toy Story Honest Trailer below. Read More »

Peanuts Movie trailer

A brand new Peanuts Movie trailer has been released and it goes for “epic.” The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ plays, every member of the cast is introduced, and Charlie Brown is his usual, lovable, unlucky self on a bigger scale than ever. A new girl has moved in next door and Charlie Brown hopes this is the beginning of a new chapter in his life. But we all know Charlie Brown, and things aren’t going to go the way he expects.

The Peanuts Movie opens November 6 from Blue Sky Studios and Fox. Check out the new Peanuts Movie trailer below. Read More »

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D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Disney continues to announce their plans for D23 Expo 2015,  which will take place August 14th to 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. The latest batch of announcements include the Disney Animation and Pixar’s presentations and some immersive experiences.

The announcements include: a joint Pixar and Disney animation presentation which will include looks at The Good Dinosaur, Finding DoryZootopia and Moana, a stand-alone behind the scenes look at Zootopia presentation, an Aladdin retrospective titled “The Making of a Classic”, a behind the scenes panel focusing on Walt Disney Animation short films, Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!, a screening of the short documentary The Tunes Behind the Toons followed by a Q&A, and some information about Disney Animation’s presence on the show floor which also includes a Frozen Album signing.

Find out details on all of the newly announced D23 Expo 2015 Animation presentations, after the jump.

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Get Smurfy First Look

Sony Pictures previously revived The Smurfs in two live-action/computer animated hybrid adventures. But now the studio is having its Sony Pictures Animation division take a crack at the little blue creatures in a fully computer animated feature film that will harken back to creator Peyo Culliford’s original animation style.

Since today is supposedly Global Smurfs Day, there’s no better time for Sony to unveil a first look at the film, which is called Get Smurfy. In addition, the studio has also unveiled three of the principal cast members: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin. But to find out who they’re playing, you’ll have to check out the Get Smurfy first look after the jump. Read More »

Good Dinosaur Details

Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will have a monster of a voice cast. The studio announced today that Raymond Ochoa (NBC’s The Night Shift) and Jack Bright (Monsters University) will lead the upcoming feature as Arlo and his human friend Spot.

Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand and more are in supporting roles. Get all the latest official details on the Good Dinosaur voice cast after the jump. Read More »