Big Hero 6 Animated Series Voice Cast

Way back in the spring, we learned that Disney XD would bring back the superhero team Big Hero 6 in their own animated series. At the time, all we knew was that it would pick up shortly after the events of the first film and the series would be executive produced by Kim Possible creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley along with another Kim Possible vet, Nicholas Filippi, who’ll serve as supervising director. But now we have word on the voice cast, and fans of the movie will be very pleased to hear who’s on board.

Find out all the Big Hero 6 animated series voice cast  after the jump. Read More »

The Lego Batman Movie Trailer

Ben Affleck’s Batman will be back onscreen next year for Justice League, but before we get there we’ll see a completely different version of the Dark Knight, in the form of a tiny plastic minifig voiced by Will Arnett. Yup, we’re just a few months away from the release of The Lego Batman Movie, which picks back up with the endearingly obnoxious take on the character first introduced in 2014’s The Lego Movie.

We’ve seen little teases of The Lego Batman Movie here and there over the past several months, and now a brand-new Lego Batman Movie trailer offers our best look yet. Watch it below. Read More »

nerdland trailer

Nerdland comes from the mind of Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer behind Se7en, Wong Kar-wai’s killer BMW short film “The Follow,” and a supposedly great script that Joel Schumacher butchered and rewrote into 8mm. Not since the 2010 remake of The Wolfman has Walker had a feature film credit, but we’ll soon see an original, R-rated animated movie with his name on it.

Below, watch the new Nerdland trailer.

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Rick and Morty The Non-Canonical Adventures

Fans of Rick and Morty are patiently waiting to see if the third season of the show really premieres on Adult Swim before the end of the year, which is what we heard all the way back in March. But if you need a fix of Rick and Morty to hold you over, we’ve got something short and sweet for you.

Over at Adult Swim they’ve been airing some animated shorts called Rick and Morty: The Non-Canonical Adventures that are done entirely in claymation. And when I say short, I mean short. But since they recreate scenes from HalloweenThe ThingEx Machina, The Fly and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, they’re well worth watching. Read More »

sausage party alternate ending

It’s hard to believe that the final twenty minutes of Sausage Party actually exist. Up until that point, Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan‘s R-rated talking food comedy is ambitious and weird and uneven, often hitting scenes of genuine brilliance and occasionally getting bogged down in material that doesn’t quite work. But then the ending happens and your jaw hits the floor and you start to wonder if someone has been pumping noxious fumes into the room for the past hour and you’re just in the midst of a pre-death hallucination because how else could this possibly exist.

And as newly released featurette reveals, that ending originally went on a little longer and went to another, even weirder place.

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Moana clips

Disney Animation’s Moana has shown us quite a bit of Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and Moana herself (Auli’i Cravalho) at this point, but the latest marketing materials shine a light on two of the supporting players. One is Gramma Tala (Rachel House), one of the few in the village who encourages Moana’s dreams of exploration. The other is Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement), a gigantic crab who loves shiny things. Think Smaug, but, you know, as a goofy crab instead of a terrifying dragon. Watch two Moana clips below.  Read More »

moana interview

Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Over the course of our discussion, Ron and Jon talk about how the project developed with Maui originally set to be the main character of the story, how Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi brought to the script, developing the musical elements, Lin-Manuel Miranda writing songs for The Rock to sing, how Mad Max: Fury Road helped inspired an action sequence featuring the Kakamora in the film. Hit the jump to read the full Moana interview.
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‘Sing’ Trailer: Any Animal Can Be a Rock Star

Sing Trailer

This weekend brings the animated musical Trolls to theaters, which means there’s no better time for Universal and Illumination Entertainment to push their own music-infused animated comedy, Sing.

An all-new Sing trailer has arrived, and as someone who has been skeptical about how this movie would turn out, I have to say that this most recent tease of the movie actually shows off some more enticing character and story details, showing that this is much more than a showcase of some famous pop tunes. It’s a little weird that Eminem’s “Sing for the Moment,” which samples Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” is used to market a kids movies, but whatever works, I guess.

Watch the new Sing trailer after the jump. Read More »

Monsters Inc 3

Pixar Animation has gotten some criticism for falling into the Hollywood trap of creating more and more sequels. In the past five years, four out of the seven movies created by Pixar have been sequels: Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters University and Finding Dory. And they’re not done yet, with The Incredibles 2 on the way and Toy Story 4 in the works too. But is there a chance that another one is in the works?

Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter recently sat down for an interview to discuss the making of the Pixar movie 15 years after its release, and conversation turned to whether or not we might get to see Monsters Inc 3 come together at some point. Find out what the filmmaker had to say below. Read More »

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Brad Bird Commentary

Brad Bird is one of the best filmmakers working in animation today. He doesn’t have an endless list of films in his career, but quantity doesn’t necessarily equal quality, and when you know that the few films he has directed are The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, then you know why he’s such a respected talent.

For anyone looking for a little more insight into Brad Bird’s creative process, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. has put together a little video essay of sorts featuring explanatory voiceover on top of clips from the director’s movies. Watch and listen to the Brad Bird commentary on animation after the jump. Read More »