Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa reviews

You probably know Charlie Kaufman from his screenplay contributions to Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s filmography, which includes Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or you might even have even seen his 2008 directorial debut Synecdoche New York, which we’ve analyzed on the podcast and in a series of videos.

Kaufman’s newest film Anomalisa made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and we have rounded up the early buzz. The film is notable not only because Kaufman’s involvement but it is the auteur’s first stop-motion film. The story is about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life” and $406,237 of the project’s projected $8 million budget was funded on kickstarter. Hit the jump to find out the early reactions in the first Anomalisa reviews.

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The Martian Wall-E trailer mash-up

Here at SlashFilm, one of the films we’re looking forward to the most before the end of 2015 is The Martian, the adaptation of Andy Weir’s book of the same name, directed by Alien and Gladiator helmer Ridley Scott. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it right here. Or simply know that the film follows an astronaut (Matt Damon), who is left behind on Mars and is forced to figure out how to survive for four years until his crew can return to rescue him.

Some clever editor has taken footage from Pixar’s sci-fi adventure WALL-E and cut it with the voiceover from the most recent trailer for The Martian, resulting in a survival story that is just as intense as it is adorable. Watch The Martian WALL-E trailer mash-up below! Read More »

Kate Hudson Joins Kung Fu Panda

Normally voice casting for animated movies is done far in advance, mostly because sometimes the performance from each actor voicing the characters informs how the animators will bring the character to life. And because voice recording is done in advance, it’s a rarity to hear of someone being replaced with just under five months before the film’s release.

But that’s exactly what’s happening with Kung Fu Panda 3. Previously, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson was slated to voice a character named Mei Mei, a ribbon-dancing panda who is romantically obsessed with Po. However, Almost Famous star Kate Hudson has now been hired to replace her on the film. Read More »

Nicktoons movie

Hot on the heels of news this past week that Nickelodeon is considering reviving some of its fan-favorite cartoons from the ’90s, animated characters from that decade at the kid-geared cable network may also get new life on the big screen.

Paramount Pictures is said to be in the early stages of development of a live-action/animation Nicktoons movie that will bring together the likes of Rugrats, Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy and more for some kind of crossover project akin to The LEGO Movie or Space Jam. Read More »

Real Ghostbusters pilot

If you can remember the late 80s and early 90s, then you’re likely familiar with The Real Ghostbusters, an animated series adaptation of the hit supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. The series continued the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, along with their secretary Janine Melnitz and bad ghost turned mascot, Slimer.

There were some considerable differences between the show and the film franchise, and we’re not just talking about the lack of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. However, The Real Ghostbusters pilot was actually a little closer in style to the Ghostbusters movie. And while it never actually aired on television, it’s available online for your viewing pleasure. Read More »

GOTG Gamora origin story

For the past month, Disney XD has been teasing its upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy animated series with origin story shorts focused on each of the Guardians. First we saw Star-Lord’s, then Groot’s, Rocket’s, and Drax’s. And now, last but certainly not least we have Gamora’s.

If you saw James Gunn’s movie, you already know her history in broad strokes: She’s the adopted daughter of Thanos, who killed the rest of her race, and she eventually decides to betray him. But the animated Gamora origin story adds more detail to that biography, and even includes a fun cameo by another Guardian. Watch the video after the jump.  Read More »

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Iron Giant 2

Just last week brought the trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, a new Blu-Ray release of the 1999 animated film from The Incredibles director Brad Bird, which will also be hitting theaters for a couple days this fall. And if one of the film’s stars is to be believed, this re-release of the movie might be a way of testing the waters for a forthcoming sequel.

For those who don’t know, Vin Diesel was the voice of the titular giant robot who crash lands on Earth and befriends a young boy, making for quite the charming and unique update of the familiar E.T. The Extra Terrestrial tale. And Diesel recently took to his Facebook page to post the Signature Edition trailer, and he teased that Warner Bros. might be on the verge of making The Iron Giant 2 happen. Read More »

Iron Giant trailer

Brad Bird‘s first feature The Iron Giant didn’t make a big splash upon its release in 1999. Warner Bros. didn’t seem to know how to market the film, and with the internet publicity machine only in its first formative stage, some of the tools that can help raise awareness of a film in 2015 were not yet in place.

The Iron Giant resonated with nearly everyone who did see the film, at least, and over the years it has been celebrated as a new classic in hand-drawn animation and science fiction. The good news is that Warner Bros. is planning a brief new theatrical release for a version of the film called The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, with a bit of new footage. There’s a new Iron Giant trailer to advertise the September release, which you can watch below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Drax Origin Story

Following Star-Lord, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer has finally gotten his own prequel short from the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series. The fierce and fearless warrior revealed himself to be a bit of a secret softie in the movie, and judging by this video he’s always been that way. See the Drax origin story after the jump. Read More »