HTTYD Netflix Series

How to Train Your Dragon fans may have to wait longer than expected for the next film in the series, but there are TV adventures coming to Netflix this summer. Dragons: Race to the Edge just got a premiere date and a teaser trailer that also seems to be more or less the show’s opening sequence, in which Hiccup and Toothless lead the charge to explore more of their world than ever before. One of the main tools aiding that task is an artifact called the Dragon’s Eye, which also looks like the coolest movie projector ever seen. Check out the HTTYD Netflix series teaser below.

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The Simpsons family

The Simpsons have finally become a victim of their own longevity. In 2001, the entire first season of the show was first released on DVD. Many fans – myself included – decided we wanted to have the entire series on our shelves. This continued for several years until the packaging changed changed with season 6. Fans complained because the series wouldn’t look uniform on their shelves and Fox offered an alternative. Eventually though, even that went away and every few months, a new season of The Simpsons was released on DVD. They then started coming out on Blu-ray in 2010.

Currently, there are 17 seasons of The Simpsons on DVD or Blu-ray but 25-plus seasons exist. Now fans will never be able to own them all. Executive producer Al Jean announced that all future seasons of The Simpsons will skip physical media and only be available digitally. Read More »

The Incredibles

Brad Bird has finally turned his attention from tomorrow to the incredible. The director is finishing up Tomorrowland, the film he chose to do over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and has started to look towards his next project. Thankfully for him, his next project was kind of revealed over a year ago. That’s when Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors Pixar was beginning work on The Incredibles 2 and, now that Bird is free again, it seems he’s begun work on it. Read More »

Avengers Assemble

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is already dominating at the box office and kicking ass on the small screen, and this weekend they’ll push into streaming with Netflix’s Daredevil. Now the next realm they’re looking to conquer could be animation.

At a recent event, a Marvel exec revealed that an animated MCU project is in development, though naturally he wouldn’t go into too much detail. Hit the jump to read his comments on a possible animated MCU project. Read More »

inside out behind the scenes

Pixar’s new film Inside Out is nothing quite like any film the studio has made before. It tells a story that takes place in dual worlds. One world looks a lot like our own; there, a young girl named Riley finds her world turned upside down when her family moves cross-country just as she hits a period of new emotional growth. The other world is inside Riley’s head, where five primary emotions guide her newly rocky life. One is fairly realistic; the other very cartoonish. The contrast between the two gives the movie an unusual feel, especially as the events in each “world” become more difficult for the characters.

Last week I flew up to San Francisco then made the trip across the bay to Emeryville, and Pixar’s campus. There I saw the first hour of Inside Out, and sat in on a number of short interview sessions with heads of several departments that contributed to the film, culminating with a talk with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. All together they gave a fairly complete portrait of the Inside Out behind the scenes process. We’ll feature our talk with Docter and Rivera soon, but first let’s look at the technical departments at Pixar. Here are the 40 things we learned during our Inside Out behind the scenes visit. Read More »

Disney Pixar's X-Wings

This is probably the biggest nightmare for Star Wars fans after it was first announced Disney was buying Star Wars. Would the Mouse House turn the beloved science fiction fantasy epic into a generic neutered animated franchise for children? So far it doesn’t appear to be in the plans. Sure, they have the Star Wars Rebels animated series on Disney XD, but thats actually good despite the rather low budget animation. But Big Bee Studio imagined what would happen if the people who made Cars & Planes got their hands on Star Wars. The result is a fake trailer for a new movie titled Disney Pixar’s X-Wings. And while this is horrifying, the Disney toy department obviously had similar ideas which thankfully will remain toys for now. After the jump you can watch the Disney Pixar X-Wings movie trailer.

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Brad Bird The Spirit
We all remember Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Will Eisner‘s The Spirit, or maybe we’re trying to forget it. That wasn’t the first time Hollywood attempted to bring the comic book classic to the big screen. One of the previous attempts was to turn the story into an animated movie, with a young director named Brad Bird creating a fake pitch trailer to try to sell the feature. This was of course before Bird went on to direct The Iron Giant, The Incredibles or Ratatouille. He was a young filmmaker just out of Cal Arts.

Find out the Brad Bird The Spirit adaptation story, see some concept art and even read a letter Bird supposedly wrote to pitch the project to Steven Spielberg.

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The Prophet trailer

Salma Hayek produced and provides the voice for the animated version of Kahlil Gibran‘s book The Prophet, and the film’s first trailer is now available. The book is a collection of poems and essays, and in keeping with that original structure the film is directed by a collection of directorial teams, to tell the story of “the unlikely friendship between a young mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet,” with a voice cast that also includes Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina. Check out The Prophet trailer below.

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The Simpsons Expansion at Universal Studios Hollywood

As you might know, one of the many new additions Universal Studios Hollywood is an expansion of The Simpsons themed land. Previously The Simpsons Ride was just an overlay of the old Back To The Future Ride building, bringing a bit of Krustyland to the park. But now the ride is surrounded by an elaborate recreation of The Simpsons‘ hometown of Springfield.

Universal Studios Hollywood has now soft opened the new Springfield expansion. After the jump you can view a three and a half minute video walking tour of the newly completed The Simpsons expansion at Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes an interactive version of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and much more.

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