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Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book utilized an all-star cast of recognizable names lending their recognizable voices to an ensemble of recognizable animals, so it makes sense that his upcoming remake of The Lion King will follow a similar template. The director has revealed that Donald Glover, who has made a habit of popping up just about everywhere these past few years, has joined the cast as Simba, with the legendary James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.

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Beauty and the Beast Featurette

Fans of Disney’s beloved animated classics from decades past consistently ask why the studio is bothering updating movies that everyone already loves. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, director Bill Condon recognizes that the original iteration of Beauty and the Beast was perfect, raising the question of why Disney is bothering to remake it at all. A new Beauty and the Beast featurette attempts to explain that by going behind the scenes and showing fans how they’re making this story feel familiar and new at the same time.

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Moana Deleted Scene

In Disney’s hit animated adventure Moana, our title character sets out to sea with little to no experience sailing. Eventually, she learns some tips and tricks thanks to the help of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But in an earlier draft of Moana, the character was actually a little more proficient at sailing, even outdoing her six brothers.

That’s right, in an earlier edition of Moana, our hero actually had six older brothers. When Moana hits home video very soon, there will be a deleted scene featuring the siblings together in a little sailing race just off the coast of their island. It shows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) had no trouble keeping up with (and even surpassing) her brothers on the sea, despite the fact that they were older. That scene has made its away online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »

The Lego Ninjago Movie trailer

It took Warner Bros. a while to get out a follow-up to 2014’s The Lego Movie, but now we’re getting two of them in one year. This weekend marks the debut of The Lego Batman Movie, featuring the return of the tiny plastic minifig version of the Dark Knight. Then this fall we’re getting The Lego Ninjago Movie, centered around an entirely new cast of characters based on a distinct Lego toyline.

Dave Franco voices Lloyd, a young secret ninja who’s friends with a bunch of other young secret ninjas. When his dad, the evil lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) poses a threat, Lloyd and his friends must take him down with the guidance of their mentor, Master Wu (Jackie Chan). Olivia Munn plays Lloyd’s mom Koko, and Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, and Zach Woods round out the core cast as Lloyd’s buddies. Click through to watch the first The Lego Ninjago Movie trailer. Read More »

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

This week brings The LEGO Batman Movie to theaters, but it’s not the only spin-off from The LEGO Movie we can look forward to before The LEGO Movie Sequel arrives in 2019 (which just got a new director). There’s also The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and our first look at the animated martial arts flick has just arrived.

The first LEGO Ninjago Movie photos have just arrived, showing off the team of teenage ninja heroes voiced by Dave Franco, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani and Abbi Jacobson. We also get a first look at the villain voiced by Justin Theroux, and a new look at the master voiced by Jackie Chan. Check out The LEGO Ninjago Movie photos after the jump.

UPDATE: We have a LEGO Ninjago Movie trailer tease which you can also watch below.  Read More »

The LEGO Batman Movie Cribs

Next week we finally get the joy of watching The LEGO Batman Movie unfold brick by brick before our very eyes. Everything we’ve seen from this movie promises to be a fantastic spin-off of The LEGO Movie from a few years back, just with a bit of a flair that only The Dark Knight (as voiced by Will Arnett) can offer.

Leading up to the release of the movie, Warner Bros. Animation has been releasing some awesome marketing materials, like the behind the scenes featurette from within the world of LEGO Gotham City. Now we get one more video from the LEGO universe in the form of a segment inspired by MTV’s Cribs, featuring Bruce Wayne (who totally isn’t Batman) and Batman (who totally isn’t Bruce Wayne) giving us a tour of their mansion.

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‘The Rats of NIMH’ Movie Gets a Director

Rats of NIMH series

If you were a bookworm-y kind of kid, you may remember Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the Newberry-winning adventure written by Robert C. O’Brien and illustrated by Zena Bernstein. If you were more of a movie-loving type, you might be more familiar with the 1982 movie version, called The Secret of NIMH and directed by Don Bluth. Either way, it’s a story that’s made a huge impression on countless children over the past half-century. Now a whole new generation can get to know it through a new movie in the works, from director James Madigan.
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IMAX has revealed that Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast will be specially formatted to fit the full digital IMAX screen for the entirety of the movie.
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Sing sequel

You knew this was coming: Sing, Illumination’s “American Idol, but with animals” movie, is getting a sequel. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have just set the follow-up for Christmas 2020, putting it in the same slot that did so well for the first Sing.

Meanwhile, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is getting pushed back a year to 2018, and Minions 2 is moving up just a tiny bit.  Read More »

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Shrek Movie References

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 16 years since DreamWorks Animation released the first Shrek into theaters, launching a multi-billion dollar franchise (that is supposed to continue sometime in the near future). If it’s been awhile since you sunk your teeth into the animated fairytale comedy, you might have forgotten just how many movies Shrek and Shrek 2 parodies and paid homage to.

For those who may not have time to sit down and watch the first two Shrek movies just to soak them all up, one fan has put together a video taking a look at the various references to other movies, from Beauty and the Beast to Alien to Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. You just may have forgotten how many gags there are referencing other movies.

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