Sing Review

Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.

Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly.  Read More »

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Darkwing Duck Connected to DuckTales

Let’s get dangerous. That’s the tagline uttered by the caped crusader known as Darkwing Duck. The crimefighting mallard hit the airwaves in the early 90s, shortly after Disney’s other duck-centric animated series DuckTales went off the air and headed into theaters with its own movie, DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. Since both the shows hailed from Disney, had anthropomorphic ducks, and shared two characters, many assumed that Darkwing Duck was a spin-off of DuckTales. However, the creator of Darkwing Duck has just confirmed that’s not the case.

So why isn’t Darkwing Duck connected to DuckTales? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders in Theaters

Since Batman: The Killing Joke got plenty of people into theaters, Fathom Events is bringing the next animated movie from Warner Bros. and DC Comics to the big screen as well.

As we’ve seen previously, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is bringing classic 1966 Batman TV series stars Adam West and Burt Ward back as Batman and Robin for a new animated adventure that sees them facing off against all of their deadliest foes yet again. Fans will have a chance to catch the animated flick in theaters for one night only, just before it becomes available on Digital HD.

Get the details on when you can catch Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders in theaters below. Read More »

 

Animated Scooby-Doo Movie

Over a year ago, we learned that Warner Bros. Pictures was going to reboot the Scooby-Doo film franchise with a new animated take on Mystery Incorporated and their scaredy-dog named Scooby-Doo. At the time, live-action Scooby-Doo producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle were on board with Tony Cervone of the 2010 animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated attached to direct. Now the animation director will be getting some help from a live-action comedy director.

Dax Shepard, who previously was at the helm of the sparsely seen Hit & Run and the forthcoming big screen adaptation of the TV series CHiPs, will co-direct the animated Scooby-Doo movie with Tony Cervone. Find out more below. Read More »

Woody Meets Dory

If you’re a big fan of Pixar Animation, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of The Pixar Theory. Originally created by Jon Negroni, The Pixar Theory proposes that every single movie from the animation studio actually takes place within the same universe by finding little threads to connect each and every movie to each other somehow. But despite the fact that Pixar movies contain easter eggs referencing some of the other Pixar movies, it’s just a theory in the end.

But what if characters from the Pixar movies could actually run into each other? Tom Hanks was recently a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which just so happens to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of the titular forgetful fish in Finding Dory. And while they were talking about working on Pixar movies, Hanks decided to have the audience close their eyes while he and Ellen improvised a quick scene where Woody from Toy Story meets Dory, and the result is as funny and adorable as you’d expect.

Watch as Woody meets Dory on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below. Read More »

heihei Moana

Four months before animation work on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest film Moana was set to conclude, Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter sat down to decide the fate of one of the movie’s characters. The character had been in the story since day one, and had survived the many iterations of the story, but the consensus was that he was not working and needed to be removed from the movie.

After slaving away on the film for the past five years, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were not ready to let go of their beloved rooster. Heihei (pronounced hay-hay) was on the chopping block, and by a stroke of luck, the Moana story team had 48 hours to “save the rooster.”

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On July 27th, I visited Walt Disney Animation Studios Tujunga Campus to get a sneak preview of the company’s next film Moana. While the movie won’t hit theaters until Thanksgiving weekend this year, the studio was in the closing stretches of the movie with only a couple more weeks of animation on the schedule. This week we’ll be bringing you a bunch of coverage from my visit. Today we take a look at how Disney formed the “Oceanic Story Trust” to ensure that the film would respect the people and heritage of the South Pacific.

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Lego Ninjago short clip

Jackie Chan has shown off a lot of impressive moves and battled a lot of formidable foes over the course of his career. But in the first clip from The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short, his tiny plastic counterpart meets his match… in the form of an annoying little chicken voiced by Abbi Jacobson.

The short film, which premieres in front of Warner Animation Group’s Storks later this fall, looks plenty fun in its own right. But it also represents our best look yet at The Lego Ninjago Movie, the Lego Movie spinoff featuring Chan as a kung fu master who must lead his mentees against the evil warlord Garmadon. Justin Theroux narrates The Master, although you won’t hear him in this particular scene. Watch the Lego Ninjago short clip below.  Read More »

Frozen's "Do You Want To Build A Snowman"

It’s Friday, and the news is getting slower so I thought I’d share something I found that you might enjoy. Frozen songwriter, Kristen Anderson-Lopez took to Twitter today to share the story of how the song “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” came to be, posting a clip of the original first verse demo she produced with her child.
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