Moana Footage

Back in the summer of 2015, Disney’s D23 Expo offered a first look at the animation studio’s next adventure, Moana. The film will introduce a new Disney princess from the South Pacific who is strong-willed, spirited and not afraid to set sail on the dangerous oceans. So far we’ve only seen some concept art and character stills from the film, but now the first footage from the movie has been teased in a quick new sneak peek video. Read More »

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new christmas classics

Welcome to the end of 2015 and, more specifically, welcome to the end of the 2015 holiday season. Starting tomorrow, seasonal decorations will officially start to come down, Christmas songs will vanish from the radio, and the usual holiday movies will be packed away until next year.

And maybe we should leave them packed for a little while. Much like how it’s nearly impossible to pen a new Christmas song that gains any traction alongside the tried-and-true classics, a handful of movies grip the final weeks of every year with an iron fist. Many of these movies are legitimate classics that have earned their status, but let’s face it – it’s time for a change. It’s time to shake up the Christmas movie canon. We have an entire year to prepare, so let’s take a moment and induct a few new movies into our annual rotation. Let’s end this holiday season by ensuring that we have something fresh and new to watch next year.

Welcome to the New Holiday Canon, a collection of newer films and lost gems that deserve to be in the conversation every December.

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The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie is lousy with stars as it is, with Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Romeo Santos, and Smosh (a.k.a. Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla) all set to lend their voices to the video game adaptation. But apparently there’s still room for one more late-breaking addition.

Country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton has also climbed aboard the animated adventure in the role of a pig. He’s also come up with an original tune for the movie, which he admitted posed a bit of a challenge. “I can write things about myself and my life,” he said. “But I don’t have a whole lot of experience being shot out of a slingshot at pigs.” Fair enough. Get your first look at the Angry Birds Blake Shelton character after the jump.  Read More »

sesame street hbo trailer

A few months ago, it was announced that Sesame Street would be leaving PBS after 45 years and taking up new residence at HBO. Today, the first trailer for the iconic children show’s 46th season has arrived and despite the new network, there aren’t any executions or sequences of full-frontal nudity to be found. At least not on first glance. And we’re talking about humans, because Big Bird and Elmo are, technically, always completely naked.

But let’s move on before we fall down that horrifying rabbit hole. Watch the new Sesame Street HBO trailer after the jump.

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Trailer: Po & Co. Are Back

Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer

BB-8 is getting all the attention right now, but next year there’ll be another adorably rotund hero trying to steal the spotlight. Actually, there’ll be a whole village of them. DreamWorks has unleashed a new trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3, which once again features Jack Black as the voice of unlikely martial arts master Po.

Po discovers to his delight that not only is his father (voiced by Bryan Cranston) still alive, he’s been tucked away in a secret panda paradise. But his newfound friends and family are threatened by the rise of Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural villain tearing through the country. Watch the new Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Good Dinosaur Box Office

It looks like The Good Dinosaur is about to do something unprecedented for Pixar Animation, but it’s not something to be happy about. Analysts believe the Thanksgiving release from the revered animation studio is shaping up to be their first box office failure, as the film just doesn’t seem to be garnering the interest from audiences that Pixar films normally do. The film isn’t exactly bombing at the box office, but it is underperforming. Get the details below. Read More »

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Minions Honest Trailer

Kids have found plenty to enjoy about the slapstick, gibberish antics of the little yellow guys known as Minions, and at the end of the day, that means the Illumination Entertainment film accomplished what it set out to do. But these characters worked so well in small doses in Despicable Me that a movie focusing just on the Minions feels like nothing more than a marketing move.

And that’s exactly what the Minions Honest Trailer brings to the table, right down to accurately pointing out that a movie about young Gru and his Minions would have been a much better movie. Read More »

The Good Dinosaur Print

Even though Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur wasn’t able to beat out The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 for the holiday box office last weekend, it still took the #2 spot. And if you fell in love with the dinosaur Arlo and his new friend Spot, Mark Englert has delivered a lovely The Good Dinosaur print that you might want to hang out your wall. Check it out below! Read More »

The Good Dinosaur reviews

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.

Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.

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