Pixar Animation has set the bar pretty high when it comes to storytelling for the whole family. Their movies consistently have interesting, funny characters that have undeniable chemistry, and the story comes with a heart full of a myriad of emotions. Meanwhile, Illumination Entertainment seems to be more focused on just making kids laugh rather than telling a story with substance. It’s not that an animated movie can’t have childish humor, but when a movie like The Secret Life of Pets essentially links a series of wacky animals and vignettes together without effectively making you care about the characters, then we have a problem.
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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Transformers: The Last Knight goes to Detroit, blows stuff up.
- A look at the visual effects of Star Trek Beyond.
- Jackie Chan joins The Nut Job 2.
- A new Jason Bourne TV spots teases a wider conspiracy.
- Ryan Reynolds shares an excellent (fan-made) poster for Deadpool 2.
- Saw: Legacy is looking to start filming later this year.
- John Turturro still wants to make that The Big Lebowski spin-off.
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Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you’re a big fan of movies about animated animals doing stuff, 2016 must be a banner year for you. We’ve already seen Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, Angry Birds, and Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets and Ice Age: Collision Course still on the way this summer. Then the end of the year brings Sing, Illumination Entertainment’s take on an American Idol-style show.
Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow) directs an all-star cast that includes Matthew McConaughey as a koala who launches a singing competition to save his failing theater, while Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane, and Tori Kelly give voice to the contestants. Although they’re all animals living in an all-animal world, they seem to enjoy many of the same pop hits we humans do, including Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (or maybe it’s Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”), Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance,” and at least 80 more. Watch the supersized four-minute Sing trailer below. Read More »
When Walt Disney Animation decided to bring the Marvel comic Big Hero 6 to theaters, many wondered whether or not there would be ties to the Marvel cinematic universe or if this could be the beginning of a separated animated universe for Marvel superheroes. It turns out neither is true, but as the Honest Trailer for the animated action adventure points out, for all the efforts Big Hero 6 goes to in order to not seem like it’s a true Marvel movie, it certainly has plenty of the same tropes.
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Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG hit theaters this weekend and landed with a “gigantic” thud. The $140 million Roald Dahl adaptation earned a measly $19.6 million in its opening weekend, which is a huge disappointment anyway you look at it. Is Spielberg, credited for creating the summer blockbuster with 1975’s Jaws, no longer the big box office draw that he once was?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
There’s been talk of a potential Goonies sequel for, oh, well over a decade at this point, and in 2014 the project finally seemed to be taking a step forward when director Richard Donner officially confirmed that one was in the works. But two years later, the planned sequel doesn’t seem to have made any real forward movement. And according to actor Corey Feldman, there’s a very good chance it never will. See his explanation of why after the jump. Read More »
Adding to the barrage of Disney’s remakes, late this summer comes a contemporary take on Pete’s Dragon, the film that blended animation with live-action all the way back in 1977. This looks like a magical update of the old movie from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director with a performance from young star Oakes Fegley that feels like the kind of child actor that Steven Spielberg would have discovered. But will this movie have the same kind of heart and spirit of adventure of the director’s films? A new Pete’s Dragon TV spot is certainly reassuring, complete with a nice little song to guide us. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Clifford the Big Red Dog has found a new forever home. Paramount is moving forward with a movie adaptation of the popular kids’ book series, setting Justin Malen (Baywatch) to write the script. The studio adopted the project after Universal decided to give it up. If you’ve not heard of Clifford the Big Red Dog, well, he’s exactly what he sounds like. More details on the Clifford the Big Red Dog movie below. Read More »
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.”
Watch the Zootopia deleted scene after the jump. Read More »