Unlike live-action Hollywood films, animation isn’t star-driven. Stories are the stars in animation and, if you don’t believe it, look at the biggest animated film of all time: Frozen. Talented actors and singers in every role, none of which can yet sell a movie wholly on their own. Still, having big stars in your animated film doesn’t mean it’s bad. Pixar regularly gets some of the biggest names in the world to voice their characters.
Which is to say, the newly announced cast members for the animated film Animal Crackers are a mixed bag. But it’s a great cast none the less. Produced by Blue Dream Studios, Animal Crackers will feature the voices of Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, Ian McKellen, Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symoné, Harvey Fierstein and others. Read more about the Animal Crackers movie below. Read More »
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Toy Story 4 will be in theaters June 16, 2017 and fans are incredibly excited. Or mad. You see, Toy Story 3 had such a perfect, beautiful ending that many fans though the franchise was over and should never be touched again. A perfect trilogy. Series co-creator, and director of Toy Story 4 John Lasseter, agrees with you.
“Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie,” he said in a press release. “But when Andrew [Stanton], Pete [Docter], Lee [Unkrich, director of TS3], and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”
So what was this amazing, groundbreaking, wow idea that made Pixar try to top one of the highest grossing and most critically acclaimed animated films of all time? We don’t know (though Lasseter did tease it’s a love story in another interview) but we’re going to try and figure out.
We took to Twitter to ask you, the /Film readers, for your ideas. Oddly enough lots of them fell into similar categories. For example, many of you felt the film would have something to do with new technology. The Toy Story films have usually ignored that. Or maybe something to do with Disney synergy, bringing in Marvel or Star Wars characters.
Nevertheless, the ideas were plentiful and, below, we grabbed a whole bunch of Toy Story 4 plot pitches for you to check out. Read More »
The toys are back in town one more time. In an announcement we’ve been expecting for a long time, the CEO of Disney Bob Iger has revealed that Pixar will release Toy Story 4 on June 16, 2017. John Lasseter will return to direct “a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang.” More on the long history of Toy Story 4 and its release date after the jump.
UPDATE: We’ve also learned some new info including who helped break the story, and the fact Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are writing the script. There’s also a quote from Lasseter.
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I envy anyone who is discovering the comics of Tony Millionaire for the first time. For a couple decades, Millionaire has been crafting his Victorian-inspired and intricately illustrated strip Maakies, and importing characters from that strip into the slightly more long-form Sock Monkey comics. Maakies is decidedly not kids stuff — it’s a dark, messed-up strip with characters like the perpetually drunk and occasionally suicidal Drinky Crow. But Sock Monkey is a great set of all-ages stories, energized by a spirit of classic adventure and a gorgeous illustration style. Now there’s some Sock Monkey footage that acts as a test reel for a potential film.
Millionaire and Matt Danner are hoping to translate their upcoming book into a movie, and they’ve made a great piece of proof of concept animation. This uses hybrid CG and live-action “digi-nette puppetry” to animate the title character as he explores an old Victorian house. Watch the short clip below.
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November just started, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already getting their Oscar nominations all in order. First up, AMPAS has revealed the 20 animated films that have been submitted and will be eligible for up to five nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22. Check out the possible 2015 Best Animated Feature film nominees below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s been a big 24 hours for animated spinoffs about adorable groups of tiny, often incompetent helpers. Last night we got our first Minions trailer, and today we have the last Penguins of Madagascar trailer.
The action adventure sees Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights) facing a threat from Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich), an octopus with ties to the penguins’ past. In order to take him down, they join forces with an elite organization called the North Wind, led by the cranky, no-nonsense Agent Classified (voiced by notable penguin mispronouncer Benedict Cumberbatch).
Watch the new Penguins of Madagascar trailer after the jump. Read More »
Go into any kids store and you don’t see the main character of Despicable Me on t-shirts. You see his minions. So it was not a surprise when Universal announced a few years back that those crazy yellow guys would get their own movie.
Fast forward to today and the first Minions trailer is here. The film, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, features the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and doesn’t open until July 10, 2015. So, it’s a little surprising but you can already watch the Minions trailer and see some new images below. Read More »
Binge watching television is a relatively new practice. It really became a thing when full seasons of TV shows hit DVD and were traded between friends and family. It got even more popular when streaming services like Netflix and Hulu began featuring hit shows. Now fans could watch entire seasons, or even a full series of television without leaving their couch or buying discs. It was all at their fingertips.
Once Netflix started creating their own content, like House of Cards, some people blew threw the whole season in a day. Others took their time. Some wanted to discuss episodes others hadn’t seen yet and television became a game of avoiding spoilers. A whole new kind of entertainment was born: Netflix binge watching.
Throughout all this, Netflix seemed dead set on always uploading entire new full series at once. Now, with a new show, they’re bucking that trend for a very specific reason. Find out which new series is abandoning the binge watch style and why it’s not being uploaded all at once, below. Read More »
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