Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Pixar is releasing two new movies in 2017. First, we’re getting Cars 3, which feels like something of a safe bet because Pixar sequels are almost always a safe bet (Finding Dory made every last dollar on planet earth last year). But later in 2017, we’re getting Coco, the next film from Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, and it feels like a less sure move. Of course, Pixar’s “risky” moves have often resulted in some of their absolute best films, so let’s keep that in mind as we watch the first Coco trailer.
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ABC’s The Muppets television show revival was short-lived. While the series got favorable reviews, there was a sizable backlash from parents who didn’t think the adult-skewing humor was suitable for family viewing. After six episodes the network replaced showrunner Bob Kushell with Kristen Newman as part of their plans to creatively overhaul the series, but it was too little too late, and the ratings lead to the show being canceled at the conclusion of its debut season.
Frank Oz, who helped create and perform the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle and more, has now chimed in to explain why he believed The Muppets failed. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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After two trips to the live-action world, the Smurfs are back and animated next month. Smurfs: The Last Village shows the adorable little blue humanoids adventure to – you guessed it – The Lost Village. Their latest journey continues to look more appealing the recent live-action films, which were successful overseas but they weren’t the most enjoyable family-friendly movies.
Below, watch the new Smurfs: The Lost Village trailer.
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Netflix has confirmed that A Series of Unfortunate Events will return for a second season. The confirmation/announcement comes via a strange video released by Netflix that included a code leading fans to message from Lemony Snicket on a website. Learn more details about A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 after the jump.
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Earlier this month, Disney unveiled the first trailer for the DuckTales reboot featuring the voices of David Tennant (Scrooge), Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan (Huey, Dewey & Louie), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), and Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack). While the new voices were a bit off-putting for a fan of the original series, I was actually blown away by the retro design style of this traditional 2D animated show.
Now Disney XD has released another short DuckTales teaser focusing on Donald Duck (voiced by Tony Anselmo in the new series) and it just looks fantastic. Watch the Ducktales teaser, entitled “Donald Duck’s Tales,” below!
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As the weather starts to warm up with spring just around the corner, you couldn’t ask for a better time for Disney’s most recent animated musical to be available on home video.
Moana takes us to the South Pacific to follow an independent, strong young girl who wants nothing more than to set sail on the ocean and voyage towards the unknown. It’s a movie that pokes fun at all of the usual tropes you find in Disney movies, though it also adheres to almost every single one of them. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, but it does make it a prime target for some lighthearted jabs by the folks at Honest Trailers.
Watch the Moana Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
Whenever Pixar Animation has a strong desire for an actor to lend their voice to a certain character, they like to take dialogue from one of their performances and create animation to illustrate what the character would be like with their voice. This was especially true when Pixar was looking to make Toy Story their first feature film, and they had to show actors just what the movie was going to be like with their voice attached to it.
Even though Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ended up landing the roles of the cowboy doll Woody and the space ranger action figure Buzz Lightyear, Pixar had someone else in mind for the latter role, and it would have changed the character dynamic between the two characters severely. Believe it or not, Billy Crystal was the first choice to voice Buzz Lightyear, and Pixar wanted him for the role so badly that they animated Buzz Lightyear along with dialogue from When Harry Met Sally.
Watch the Toy Story screen test with Billy Crystal after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Angie Han
It seems like everyone in Hollywood is in the nostalgia business right now, with more remakes and reboots and reimaginings coming out than you can shake a stick at. But no one’s better at this game than Disney, who’s been revisiting what feels like every single feature in its catalogue — usually to warm reviews and smashing box office. And one of the many on their upcoming slate is Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to their 1964 hit.
Emily Blunt replaces Julie Andrews as the practically perfect nanny, who’s reunited with the Banks family 20 years after the events of the original film. The Great Depression is at its nadir and the Banks kids are grown-ups now (played by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer), with children of their own. But in their time of need, Mary comes floating back in their lives to help them rediscover joy and wonder. See Blunt in a Mary Poppins Returns first look photo below. Read More »
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is a classic movie for a number of reasons. Not only is it a stellar mash-up of two completely different genres, the family movie and film noir, but it’s also a technical marvel. The 1989 Academy Awards gave Robert Zemeckis‘ film Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects and a special honorary Oscar for its creation of animated characters. not to mention nominations for Best Cinemtography, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Sound.
Now a new Who Framed Roger Rabbit video essay dives into some of the elements of the film that make this combination of live-action and animated footage work so seamlessly. You may have already realized some of these details yourself, but they’re also the kind of details one might take for granted so that you may never really notice them. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The deranged beauty of The LEGO Movie was that it could be anything it wanted to be, existing in a universe where the only borders were the limits of a child’s imagination. Rather than feel like a commercial, it felt like a tribute to the limitless possibilities of playtime – it was unafraid to jumble genres, blending action and comedy and on-point satire into a mixture that had absolutely no right to work. But it did.
So when the director of The LEGO Batman Movie says that The LEGO Movie Sequel will be a musical and a “space action movie,” all you really can do is nod and think “Sure, okay.”
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