new Penguins of Madagascar trailer

If you’ve got some secret agent stuff that needs doing, you could hire James Bond. But he has to put on a tux for formal work. Why not hire a crew that is always wearing tuxes? Penguins of Madagascar opens up the hidden backstory of the birds from the Madagascar films. They’re masters of disguise and espionage, these guys (well, birds) and willing to leap into danger at a moment’s notice. In this new Penguins of Madagascar trailer we see some more of their antics, and also get to hear a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch, as the voice of a classy spy outfit. Read More »

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“A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct.” Such are the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Those words ring in the minds of Star Wars fans who’ve long believed it was solely Darth Vader who hunted and murdered the Jedi.

But now there’s Star Wars Rebels, a Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episode III and IV. That’s the time period in which all that murder would have taken place. The main villain of the show isn’t Darth Vader, however. It’s the Inquisitor, a Jedi Hunter voiced by Jason Isaacs. Taking into account the aforementioned quote, plus the knowledge there can be only two Sith, this character’s existence seems very curious.

Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni disagrees. In our interview at Comic-Con, Filoni described the unique relationship between Vader and the Inquisitor and the need for both of the characters in this world. His justification is the kind of logical, mind-opening twist we’re probably going to have to get used to with Star Wars in the coming years. There was a great big world outside those six movies and one TV show. Read about the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor below. Read More »

Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels

Simon Kinberg has just about the best and busiest job in Hollywood. He’s the shephard of the entire 20th Century Fox Marvel universe, co-writing and producing all the new X-Men movies. He co-wrote Fantastic Four. He’s developing other films at the studio, such as Magic the Gathering and The Martian. He’s a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. He’s a consultant on Star Wars Episode VII and he’s writing and producing a Star Wars spin-off. Basically, Kinberg has his hands in a huge collection of awesome geek properties.

And if you learn one thing from our interview, which took place at Comic-Con, it’s warranted. Kinberg is a geek just like you and I. He reads Internet rumors, watches a lot of movies, and takes fan anticipation into consideration when developing his huge body of work.

Adding another massive job to the list, the next Kinberg project we’ll see is Star Wars Rebels. He’s an executive producer on the upcoming Disney XD show, which is set between Episodes III and IV, and he wrote multiple episodes. In our interview, we talked about how Kinberg balances his time, writing for the Star Wars canon, how his role on Episode VII differs from Rebels, potential connections between the two, Star Wars synergy and much more. Read our full Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels interview below. Read More »

Watch 7 Minutes of ‘Star Wars Rebels’

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Tonight Disney xD premiered seven minutes of the pilot of Star Wars Rebels, and if you missed the broadcast, you can watch the scenes here. The footage takes place on Lothal as the Empire arrives on the planet. As Imperial officers and stormtroopers set up the Empire’s authority, a young boy named Ezra “discovers that a mysterious group is attempting to steal cargo from the Empire.” Ezra comes up with his own plan that puts him squarely in the crosshairs of both the Empire and those that oppose it.

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Studio Ghibli closed

The rumors of Studio Ghibli‘s demise have been flying for a couple years, and intensified when co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from directing feature films. And while the Gibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness hasn’t been officially released in the US, one sequence from the film has been floating around over the past week. In that sequence Miyazaki says “the future is clear. It’s going to fall apart. I can already feel it.” But has Studio Ghibli closed already? Nope!

No matter what a badly-translated quote said as it did the internet rounds on Sunday, the studio is still moving forward. Precisely how it will move forward is the question.

Ghibli co-founder and current general manager Toshio Suzuki has appeared on Japanese television program Jonetsu Tairiku on Sunday to talk about what the studio may do in the wake of Miyazaki’s retirement. While he said that one option would be to shut down the production department, the takeaway is that Studio Ghibli is looking into “housecleaning” or “restructuring” as it prepares for the future.

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VOTD: Jaws Speedrun 60 Second Animation

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We’ve run a bunch of the speedrun videos from 1A4Studio in the past, including The MatrixStar Wars Episode VI: A New Hope, The Big Lewbowski and Die Hard. 1A4Studio’s latest involves an animated speedrun of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in 60 seconds. Watch the Jaws speedrun after the jump.

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Sponge Out of Water trailer

There’s a go-to tactic for animated properties that want to change things up a bit: put the characters in the real world. That’s the trick SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water 3D gets up to, as a real-world pirate (well, real-world in the movie’s story, anyway) gets his hands on a book that can turn any story into truth. And that leads the residents of Bikini Bottom into a new existence as CG-animated, 3D characters. They look pretty good, actually!

This trailer is the same one that was shown at Comic Con last week, though it is missing a bit of opening teaser text that parodied The Avengers. Otherwise, you’ll get the idea. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Trailer 3

One of the highlights of San Diego Comic-Con for me was Star Wars Rebels. Not only did I finally get to see and revel in the fantastic pilot, I got the chance to discuss it with two of its executive producers, Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg. In a 15-year professional career, it was the first time I got to sit down and discuss Star Wars with people directly involved in Star Wars. It was pretty exciting.

Over the course of the next few days, we’re going to share the highlights of these one on one interviews. To start, I talked with both men about where, when and how Star Wars Rebels fits into the overall canon of Star Wars, what that means, how it effects their storytelling, and linking into the original trilogy. Read their quotes about the Star Wars Rebels plot connections below. Read More »

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