Emojimovie: Express Yourself

Sometime last year, Sony announced plans to make The Emoji Movie, which is exactly what it sounds like — an entire feature film about the bubbly little faces that live in your phone. It was described in rough terms as “Wreck-It Ralph meets Inside Out,” which, despite the fact that we really like both of those movies, didn’t do much to make us feel better about The Emoji Movie. But hey, we’ve been wrong before. Sometimes terrible-on-paper ideas yield incredible movies. Maybe, just maybe, The Emoji Movie is one of those times.

… Or, you know, maybe not. It seems like a bad sign that the first Emoji Movie trailer does not seem all that excited about The Emoji Movie. I guess the marketing team thought they were being ironic, but really all I see is a reflection of my own lack of interest in this film. Watch the first The Emoji Movie trailer below.  Read More »

Rogue One Character in Star Wars Rebels season 3

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduces us to a whole new roster of characters who are key to the rebellion against the Empire. And while we know that those characters don’t have a role in the original trilogy that follows Rogue One‘s storyline, that doesn’t mean we won’t see them pop up elsewhere. As we learned before the weekend, Felicity Jones has a sequel option in her contract (which doesn’t spoil whether she lives or dies in Rogue One with the way Star Wars movies jump back and forth in time), and now we have word of another Rogue One character’s future (or rather past) in the saga.

Thanks to a promotional poster, we know that a certain Rogue One character will be coming to Star Wars Rebels. But in order to talk about who it is, we’ll have to dive into spoiler territory, so you’ll have to get details on this latest addition to the third season of the animated series after the jump. Read More »

Inner Workings Concept Art

If you caught Moana in theaters over the past few weeks and you were late to the movie, then you saw the latest short film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Working as a sort of companion short to Inside Out, the cute story Inner Workings shows how the heart and mind of a man work against each other, trying to drive his ambitions and desires. The brain wants to stay and work in the mundane office while the heart wants to go enjoy life. It’s a battle we all have with ourselves every day.

Now we can see how the short came to be as some of the animators who worked on the movie have been sharing Inner Workings concept art pieces, some of which are even 3D sculpts of the characters we see in the short. See the concept art below! Read More »

Rock Dog trailer

This week’s Sing features more musically inclined cartoon animals than you can shake a stick at. But should you somehow find yourself wishing you could see even more of them, you’re in luck. Just two months later comes Rock Dog, about, well, a dog that likes to rock. Said dog is voiced by Luke Wilson, with J.K. Simmons voicing his disapproving dad and Eddie Izzard his mysterious mentor. Watch the Rock Dog trailer below.
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Sing Review

Note: With Sing out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.

Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.

Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly.  Read More »

DuckTales voice cast

I’ve been very curious about Disney XD’s upcoming revival of DuckTales for close to a year now, ever since they revealed the show’s terrific art style and teased imagery that suggests an adventurous tone. While I enjoyed the original cartoon as a youngster, it’s Carl Banks’ original Donald Duck comics that shine brightly for me these days – if the new show can capture the spirit of those stories, it may count me among its fans.

We still don’t know what this series will truly feel like, but we now know who will be providing the voices of the core cast and it’s a whole bunch of very funny, very talented people.

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The Incredibles 2 Photo

Fans of Pixar Animation’s family superhero movie The Incredibles have been waiting over a decade for a sequel to get off the ground. Many have been clamoring for The Incredibles 2 ever since the end of the first movie teased another outing for the super-powered family, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, and now the movie is finally in production.

After development of The Incredibles 2 was finally confirmed back in 2014, Samuel L. Jackson has revealed by way of a post on Instagram that he’s back in the recording booth to record lines as the cool superhero Frozone. Check out The Incredibles 2 photo tease after the jump. Read More »

Trollhunters Featurette

It feels like it’s been too long since we’ve gotten a new project from Guillermo del Toro. That might be because Crimson Peak was a bit of a disappointment last year, and we’ll be waiting until sometime next year to see his next movie, The Shape of Water, which started filming just a few months ago. But in the meantime, we’ll have a little something to hold us over.

Guillermo del Toro has been working with Netflix on an animated series called Trollhunters, adapted from a book he wrote himself with Daniel Kraus. While it’s clearly geared towards kids, it has some stylish animation and fantasy action that should keep his adult fans entertained until his new movie arrives. You can see what we’re talking about in a new Trollhunters featurette with new footage and some insight from del Toro himself. Read More »

ocean waves trailer

The great Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement a few years ago following the release of The Wind Rises, only to come out of retirement a few years later to try his hand at CG-animation before announcing last month that he’s prepping his next animated feature. In other words, the rumors of Studio Ghibli’s closure were greatly exaggerated, especially since there are other talented storytellers working for Japan’s most beloved animation studio, who have released The Tale of Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There since Miyazaki’s “retirement.”

And while it may be a few more years before their next feature arrives, Studio Ghibli is delivering an unexpected gift to American fans: a 4K restoration and release for Ocean Waves, their 1993 drama that was never released in the United States.

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The Boss Baby trailer

After spending the past few months playing one incredibly immature businessman, Alec Baldwin will be lending his voice to another in The Boss Baby. It’s an entire movie built around the oft-repeated joke that babies are the real bosses in the household, running their parents ragged with their ever-changing whims. In this film, though, the only one who can see the baby for what he really is is his older brother, who seems to resent this newcomer for sucking up all the attention in the household. Watch The Boss Baby trailer below.  Read More »