Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Hiccup and Toothless are proving unstoppable this awards season. Hot off their Globes win, How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned top honors at this weekend’s Annie Awards, and another five trophies besides. Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls picked up two (for production design and for Ben Kingsley‘s voice acting), while The Lego Movie took just one (for writing).
Get the full list of 2015 Annie Awards winners after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
While everyone else was glued to the Super Bowl, Pixar’s Inside Out gang was scoping out the Puppy Bowl. Needless to say, the different emotions (voiced by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Mindy Kaling) reacted in very different ways. Watch the Inside Out Puppy Bowl trailer after the jump. Read More »
Everyone’s favorite futuristic family, The Jetsons, have been around for a while. They started in the Sixties, had a movie made back in 1990 and, over the past few years, several people – including Kanye West – have been thinking about making another. Well, the needle is moving once again on a new Jetsons movie and, this time, it’s a lot more believable. Warner Bros. has hired Matt Lieberman to penning a screenplay to a new animated feature. Read More »
The animation world was rocked this week as Dreamworks Animation closed its PDI Studio in northern California. The closure comes as part of an expected round of Dreamworks Animation layoffs, but the 500 jobs that were cut this week far exceeded expectations, and the closure of the studio had not been predicted at all. Along with these layoffs comes a significant reduction in production, as the company’s planned three film per year output will now back off to only two films: one original per year, and one sequel.
Along with this closure comes another push for the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date — the film will now arrive in 2018. Read More »
Director Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) made an animated foosball movie a couple years ago, called variously Metegol and Foosball, and The Weinstein Company will release the movie in the US this spring under the title Underdogs. Along with giving the film that new title, the Weinsteins have dubbed the movie with an English-language voice cast that includes Matthew Morrison (Glee), Ariana Grande, Nicolas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bell Thorne (Blended), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and John Leguizamo. You can see a new Underdogs US trailer, featuring work from that voice cast, after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
After years of wondering whether we might ever see a Simpsons Movie sequel, it turns out we’ve already seen it. Sort of.
In the first episode of 2015, the family was whisked away to Rigel 7, the home planet of aliens Kang and Kodos, where Homer is almost eaten as a meal. Now Simpsons executive producer Al Jean reveals that storyline was previously considered as a sequel to 2007’s The Simpsons movie.
So why didn’t it get made as a film? Read Jean’s explanation of the Simpsons Movie sequel idea after the jump — as well as his thoughts on the likelihood of an actual Simpsons Movie sequel happening. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
One of the more surprising omissions from this morning’s Oscar nominations was The Lego Movie. Despite its immense popularity with both critics and general audiences last year, The Lego Movie somehow failed to secure a nomination for Best Animated Feature.
But it’s okay, because when the bad news came, co-director Phil Lord reacted the way any Master Builder would: he built his own. Meanwhile, co-director Chris Miller chose to celebrate the Oscar nomination it did get — Best Original Song, for “Everything Is Awesome.” See their reactions to the Lego Movie snub after the jump. Read More »
We don’t have to wait too long to see Studio Ghibli’s latest film in the US. When Marnie Was There, which premiered in Japan last summer, has been acquired by GKIDS, the same label that released The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and From Up on Poppy Hill. The When Marnie Was There US release date is broadly set for Spring 2015. Revisit the trailer below. Read More »
Hello, what have we here? Yes, everyone’s favorite Death Star destroyer and former owner of the Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian, will return to the Star Wars universe next week. Billy Dee Williams will voice Lando Calrissian on the January 19 episode of Star Wars Rebels called Idiot’s Array. Below, see photos and read more about how the Billy Dee Williams Star Wars Rebels cameo.
UPDATE: See a video of Williams voicing the character and several scenes from the episode. Read More »