Angry Birds Movie Easter

Even though Easter weekend is still a couple weeks away, The Angry Birds Movie is getting a head start by getting their holiday greeting out there. After all, birds have become a part of the Easter holiday, along with rabbits, for no good reason at all. The good news is that even though this is just a shameless plug for the animated adaptation of the mobile game franchise, it’s done in an extremely adorable way, thanks to the tiny hatchlings explaining what the Easter Bunny does for the holiday. Seriously, they’re almost unbearably cute. Read More »

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

The sheer beauty and wonder of stop-motion animation from LAIKA will never cease to amaze me. A new trailer for their latest project, Kubo and the Two Strings, has just arrived, and as the animation studio’s first epic, the visual are truly stunning. The intricacy of the animation makes you wonder why LAIKA takes the time do make these movies in stop-motion animated, but if you’ve seen any of their movies, you know that it gives it a certain homemade quality that makes it that much more special.

Watch the new Kubo and the Two Strings trailer after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters Animated Movie

Some fans are still reeling from the debut of last week’s Ghostbusters trailer, and star Leslie Jones has already responded to some backlash about the portrayal of her character in the first footage from Paul Feig’s reboot of the classic franchise. But that’s not stopping Sony Pictures from moving full speed ahead with more Ghostbusters entertainment.

The studio has just locked down a director to be at the helm of the developing Ghostbusters animated movie set up at their own Sony Pictures Animation, and while he’s not a household name in feature film animation, you undoubtedly saw his work during Super Bowl 50 and countless other times. Read More »

Zootopia - The Big Donut

If you haven’t already, please read my interview with Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore where they talk about how the latest Disney Animation Studios film evolved from an idea about a James Bond spoof with talking animals.

Today I bring you the other interview that I conducted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, co-writer and co-director Jared Bush and co-writer Phil Johnston. I touch some of the same ground in this interview, talking about the evolution of this story over the development, but we get a lot of new details about some of the material that didn’t make the final film. I also talk to them about some of the clever gags and Easter eggs in the movie, and much more.
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Zootopia - Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (2)

Earlier this week we told you how Zootopia was going to be a different movie, originally following Jason Bateman’s character Nick Wilde and featuring an more-in-your-face message. Well you might be surprised that the original idea for Zootopia was a James Bond parody featuring talking animals. How the that idea evolve into whats now on the screen? Read my exclusive interview with directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and discover how a story like this evolves within the Disney Animation Studios creative process.

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Surf's Up 2

Next year it will be 10 years since Surf’s Up hit theaters and went on to get an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Film. However, you might not remember the film since it only pulled in $58 million domestic and another $90 million internationally on top of that. Nevertheless, Sony Pictures Animation has apparently determined there must be some interest left in Surf’s Up since they’ve just announced a sequel — with a twist.

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania will bring in professional WWE wrestlers John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, Paige and Vince McMahon as a big wave riding crew who let young penguin surfer Cody Maverick join in on a journey to a legendary location where the biggest waves in the world are rumored to hit the shore. Read More »

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BIG HERO 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been absolutely killing it over the past few years, but so far they’ve resisted the temptation to follow up any of their big smash hits with big splashy sequels. Not even Big Hero 6 — which, as an adaptation of a Marvel comic book, seems tailor-made for a multi-film franchise — has given way to a Big Hero 7. But Disney has been very open to expanding these hot properties in other directions. Like TV, where we’ll soon see a Big Hero 6 series.  Read More »

FINDING DORY

Dory’s not so hot at remembering names, or faces, or much of anything, really, but the Pacific regal blue tang made an unforgettable impression in the first Finding Nemo. Her warmth, generosity, and sunny (if oblivious) optimism made her the breakout character of that movie, even more so than Marlin or Nemo himself. So, thirteen years later, she’s finally getting to lead her own Pixar feature.

Finding Dory picks up a few months after the events of Finding Nemo, as Dory tries to journey back home to the family she’s forgotten. Marlin and Nemo tag along for the ride, as Dory meets friends both old and new — including at least one friend who’s simultaneously old and new, since we’ve never met her but she remembers Dory from way back. Ellen DeGeneres, who returns to voice Dory, has just unveiled the latest Finding Dory trailer online, and you can see it after the jump.  Read More »

Angry Birds Movie Trailer

So far the trailers for The Angry Birds Movie have mostly been about Red, the character voiced by Jason Sudeikis who has a bit of an anger management problem. The green pigs and their dastardly plot to steal the eggs of our favorite mobile game fowls were featured more prominently in a recent trailer, but now a new international trailer finally shows how the war will be waged to get those eggs back. And of course, it involves slingshotting birds into the pig kingdom.

Check out the new Angry Birds Movie trailer after the jump. Read More »