Zootopia Deleted Scene

If you haven’t seen Zootopia yet, the movie is available on home video now, so take some time to sit down with your family and watch one of the best original Disney movies the animation studio has ever made. Then I’d recommend diving into the making of Zootopia, because it provides some unique insight into how the story for an animated movie changes as the film is being made. In the case of Zootopia, some big changes were made throughout the years of production, including the omission of one particularly depressing story element.

A Zootopia deleted scene has made its way online in the form of some animated storyboards with temporary voice over, and in it you’ll learn about how the predators of the animal city were treated even more differently than their former prey. In addition, you’ll see how depressing it was to explain this story detail as it plays out in a sequence where Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) find themselves sneaking around something called a “taming party.”

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Legends of the Hidden Temple Movie

If you’re a ’90s kid who just can’t wait to see what Nickelodeon serves up with the Legends of the Hidden Temple movie, we have good news. The kids cable channel has just announced that Dee Bradley Baker, the original voice of the giant stone head Olmec, will return to voice the character in the movie.

In addition to his role as Olmec, you’ve undoubtedly heard Baker’s voice in other movies, TV shows and video games. Find out what Baker has been up to along with details on the Legends of the Hidden Temple movie after the jump. Read More »

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 was another hit for Sony Animation, raking in over $100M more than the first film. Despite the success of the sequel, director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) wasn’t interested in making another installment. Tartakovsky was ready to move on from the series, to try new things. But it looks like the director has had a change of heart because it’s been confirmed he’ll return for the next Hotel Transylvania film.

Below, learn more about Hotel Transylvania 3.

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Paddington 2

Co-writer/director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is returning for the Paddington sequel. Producer David Heyman (GravityHarry Potter) and financier-distributor StudioCanal were intent on bringing King back for a follow-up film, after the marvelous work he did with the first Paddington. The adaptation was a hit with critics and foreign audiences, and King deserves plenty of credit for successfully bringing Michael Bond’s lovable talking bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) to the big screen. Filmgoers want more of Paddington the Bear, and so does StudioCanal. They have some big plans for the bear, including a Paddington 3.

Below, find out the other ideas StudioCanal has for Michael Bond’s creation.

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Finding Dory

Finding Dory is out in theaters this weekend, and it looks on track to break the record for largest opening weekend ever for an animated film. The film currently sits with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and /Film’s Peter Sciretta has called it “more emotional and funny than its predecessor.”

I enjoyed Finding Dory, though I certainly didn’t find it a better film than its predecessor. It borrows story beats liberally from the first film (as well as other Pixar films), but what it lacks in originality it tries to make up for in heart. It mostly succeeds, but there is one bothersome element of the film that I just can’t seem to let go of. Some spoilers for the film follow. Read More »

Christopher Walken pic

Barry Sonnenfeld has made some fine entertainment over the course of his career. In the 1990s, Sonnenfeld had a terrific run, directing Get ShortyMen in Black, and The Addams Family movies. Before turning towards directing, as a cinematographer, he shot Raising ArizonaMiller’s CrossingBigMisery, and Throw Momma from the Train. Since working on all of those memorable films, he’s directed some pictures–Wild Wild WestMen in Black II, and Big Trouble–that sorely missed the mark. Sonnenfeld’s next film, Nine Lives, about a man (Kevin Spacey) that gets turned into a cat, doesn’t look as appealing as his earlier efforts, but at the very least, it has Christopher Walken playing a cat whisper.

Below, watch a Nine Lives clip.

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FINDING NEMO 3D

Finding Dory brings back some key members of the Finding Nemo voice cast, including Albert Brooks as Marlin and of course Ellen DeGeneres as Dory. But one who couldn’t reprise his role was Alexander Gould, who voiced Nemo in the original film. The reason is obvious: Gould was a small child when he recorded the original Nemo, but nowadays he’s a grownup with a grownup’s voice, whereas Nemo has only aged a few months since the last time we saw him.

Fortunately, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton found another way to work Gould into the film. After the jump, learn where you can find the Finding Nemo actor in Finding DoryRead More »

Middle School Trailer

After delivering the bumbling comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, director Steve Carr is heading into the world of young adults with an Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Patterson. With flairs of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matilda and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the film looks like it’s perfectly geared towards the target audience who read the books, but with some familiar comedic talent to make it a little more appealing to adults.

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‘Storks’ Trailer: Andy Samberg Delivers a Baby

Storks trailer

“Where do babies come from?” is the question all parents dread hearing, at least according to every family sitcom ever. But if you can wait ’til fall to have the talk, Warner Bros.’ Storks can help you out with a kid-friendly, completely scientifically accurate accounting of how exactly the process works.

As all of us adults know, of course, it begins with the Baby Making Machine on Stork Mountain. The device spits out a tiny human, and a bird (possibly one that sounds exactly like Andy Samberg) is assigned to drop it off at its new home. Along the way, said bird will inevitably run into hilarious and adorable mishaps. Get a little peek at that incredible journey with the latest Storks trailer.

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