The Sound of ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is so awesome. It’s everything you want in a big summer blockbuster. Action, romance, surprises, suspense, yet for some reason it hasn’t struck a cultural chord like many people expected it to. However, it’s not over yet for Hiccup and Toothless.

In its second week at the box office, the film crossed $100 million domestic and will pass $200 worldwide later in its third week. Plus, it was the number one movie on a daily basis in its second week. That indicates staying power. Sure that’ll change thanks to Optimus Prime and the gang but there’s still plenty of time for film goers looking for a dynamite time at the movies to find How to Train Your Dragon 2, a beautiful and rewarding movie in every way.

And when I say “in every way” I mean that. The Soundworks Collection has done a video detailing the sound work in the film. It’s great watch to see some of the small details that can regularly go unnoticed in a film of this size and scope. Read More »

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TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas

Gallery Nucleus has once again teamed with Dreamworks Animation for an art show celebrating the company’s How To Train Your Dragon film series. The How To Train Your Dragon art was created as a tribute to the movies by artists on the film’s creative team, curated specifically for this art exhibit. While the show does have some beautiful original works of art, those are a bit pricey — so I wanted to showcase some of the more affordable limited edition prints they have released (available to purchase online). The piece above is my favorite from the series, TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas. Hit the jump to check out my favorite pieces from the How To Train Your Dragon art show.

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In life, we all strive to be happy. Other emotions pop up to take control of our consciousness when happiness isn’t available. So it makes sense that Joy is the main character of Pixar’s June 2015 release Inside Out. Directed by Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up), the film takes place in the mind of a young girl named Riley Anderson, and dramatizes the way her five primary emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust – help inform who she is as a person. After a very happy childhood in the suburbs, Riley and her family move to San Francisco. There, Joy and Sadness get lost in deep in Riley’s mind. As that pair explores the mind, Anger, Fear and Disgust try keep Riley on track, but they can’t.

At the Director’s Guild in Hollywood, CA Docter, and producer Jonas Rivera, presented the first five minutes of Inside Out, an additional scene, and tons of other details. With one year remaining until release, the film had just completed 50% of its animation. So there’s still plenty of work to be done. But it was very obvious, even at this very early stage, that Docter’s latest film is on track to be something very special.

Below, watch a video blog discussing the evening and learn a bit more about the plot, characters and locations of Inside Out. Read More »

Lars von Trier animated short

Back in 1967, when Lars von Trier was just Lars Trier, and only 11 years old, the future director made what he later called his first film. The movie is short, and animated in a crude stop-motion using cut-out paper characters. It is also, as you might expect, more than a bit unusual.

Turen til Squashland… En Super Pølse Film is the title, which translates to Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage Film. What does it all mean? Difficult to say, really, but there are dancing rabbits, and some troll-like creatures which fit right into some Nordic folk tales. There’s no dialogue, only a song. Check out the short below. Read More »

Colin Firth Exits ‘Paddington’

Colin Firth Exits Paddington

One British icon is “consciously uncoupling” from another. Colin Firth has dropped out of the upcoming Paddington movie, in which he was set to voice the title character.

Luckily for Warner Bros., though, the Internet has plenty of ideas for #NewPaddingtonVoices. Hit the jump to learn why Firth left, and whom Twitter wants to replace him.

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Video: Everything Wrong With ‘Frozen’

Frozen

CinemaSins is a YouTube channel which nitpicks every movie imaginable. Sometimes (or “always” depending on your tastes) they do so to an infuriating degree. When they take aim at a bad movie, it makes sense. When the target is a good film, the outcome can be even worse. Even when they’re finding “sins” in a movie, sometimes those “sins” aren’t necessarily things are are wrong; instead they’re just general observations. It’s a weird and polarizing idea that can work really well or really poorly. Suffice to say, that dichotomy has made it very popular.

The latest video is sure to be just as galvanizing. It’s for Disney’s Frozen, a film that has been praised as a return to Disney magic, with insane box office records and awards to prove it. But it’s not a perfect movie by a long shot, with some really weird subtextual and structural issues. Most acknowledge and dismiss these issues because of the wonderful animation, characters, and music. That makes this latest CinemaSins video so interesting. Anyone willing to stand up and trash a movie that is this completely beloved has to be out of their minds. Are they? Watch “Everything Wrong With Frozen in 10 Minutes Or Less” below and find out.

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We here at /Film love How To Train Your Dragon. In fact, our own David Chen saw it in theaters seven times. Seven. Times. So it’s been a long four years as we waited for director Dean DeBlois to show us the second chapter in his family fantasy story, based on the books by Cressida Cowell.

That day is finally here. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now in theaters bringing us the return of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Astrid (America Ferrara), Stoick (Gerald Butler) and, of course, Toothless. A few years have passed since the end of the first film and a lot of changed in Berk. Things will get especially different with the gang runs into a group of dragon trappers who open the doors to a wild, expansive story that’s bigger and more emotional than the first one in every way.

Below, we encourage you to talk about How to Train Your Dragon 2. What did you think? Is it better than the first one? What was the biggest surprise? Did the trailer “spoiler” ruin anything for you? Talk all about How to Train your Dragon 2 below. Read More »

Transformers Robots In Disguise

No matter how successful Transformers: Age of Extinction is at the box office later this month, the Transformers are here to stay. More details on a brand-new animated series have just been revealed. It will air on The Hub in 2015. The show is officially called Transformers: Robots in Disguiseand will center on Bumblebee who returns to Earth to help fight a new batch of Decipticons.

Above, you can see the first image of the show, which hints at new designs for the Transformers. Below, you can read about who is in the voice cast and even see a brand-new Chinese poster for the live-action project, Transformers: Age of Extinction. Read More »

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