Star Wars Rebels Art Attack Short Film: "Art Attack"
Last Week, Disney XD released the first Star Wars Rebels short film “Ghost in the Machine” which focused on the animated series’ new astromech droid Chopper. This week Disney has released another Star Wars Rebels short film titled “Art Attack” which focuses on Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian Human female weapons expert who is part of the new series.

In “Art Attack,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Sabine sneaks into an Imperial compound, looking to create a diversion for her friends aboard the Ghost. Spotted by stormtroopers, she proves too quick to be captured – and leaves behind an explosive surprise.

Watch the Star Wars Rebels Art Attack short film embedded after the jump.

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Watch Stop-Motion ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Short Film

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Stan Sakai‘s katana-wielding rabbit Usagi Yojimbo is an indie comics staple, and a character that goes back decades as an associate of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps because Sakai and TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were all responsible for anthropomorphized comic characters, their respective creations soon ran into one another in an actual comics story. Usagi Yojimbo eventually showed up in the TMNT cartoon series, and even got his own action figures as part of the original TMNT line.

The warrior rabbit doesn’t appear in the new TMNT film, though there is something that could be considered a tip of the hat to the character. But now there’s a Usagi Yojimbo stop-motion animated short film, which acts as the calling card for an upcoming animated DVD feature. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels short

Here’s a new Star Wars Rebels short, The Machine in the Ghost, to give you a taste of some of the characters from the new show. It’s the first of four Rebels shorts that will premiere over the next few weeks. Originally meant to premiere tonight, the official Star Wars YouTube account is already running the three-minute story. You’ll get to see a classic Star Wars dogfight, and learn about the droid that helps maintain the ship Ghost around which some of the series will be based. Watch the Star Wars Rebels short below. Read More »

Star Wars jizz

Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.

The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »

Brian Cox movie novelizations

Does anyone read movie novelizations any longer? Before the Internet, before DVD and all the myriad other ways we consume movie stories, film novelizations were the quickest way to take a film home. Many featured extended characterizations and new scenes and concepts, some drawn from the original screenplays, some invented by the authors. At 10 years old, I loved the Poltergeist novelization as it featured scenes with Carole Anne wandering around in the realm of the Beast.

Here, Funny or Die both honors and (mostly) skewers the movie novelization in The Novelizationalist. The short film features Brian Cox as an author who specializes in the unique alchemy that joins film and the printed page. The novelizations for Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T., written by Cox’s character, capture each film’s magic with shocking clarity. Read More »

Glen Keane Short Film The Duet

Glen Keane is a legend in the animation world — notably his time at the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked as a key creative on some of your favorite animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled. Keane revealed a personal short film he created titled The Duet.

Animated in its entirety and directed by Glen Keane (former Disney animator and creator of such beloved characters as Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Rapunzel), DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet. The unique, interactive nature of the story allows the viewer to seamlessly follow the journey of either of the two characters from birth to adulthood.

The Duet is an amazing movie which you must find the time to watch. Its a short animated film with the epic scope of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the emotion of a Pixar film. Watch the Glen Keane short film The Duet embedded after the jump, alongside a making of video.

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What if voice-over narration and scene-setting music could be heard by the characters in a film?

The split between diegetic and non-diegetic sound (ie, stuff characters can hear vs. stuff only the audience can hear) prevents voice-overs from intruding on the lives of the people in a story. But in The Gunfighter, a lone man walks into an old west saloon, and things get weird when everyone in the joint hears a baritone voice explaining the guy’s thoughts and actions.

And because the narrator is voiced by Nick Offerman, the messed-up situation is also very funny. I laughed more in eight minutes than in all of A Million Ways to Die in the West. Director Eric Kissack and writer Kevin Tenglin really nail the script and tone here, and Offerman’s performance — along with that from everyone else in the cast — is spot-on. Read More »

Lava short film

In keeping with tradition, Pixar’s Inside Out will be preceded by an animated short at the theater. This week, Pixar offered a little more detail about what that short film would be.

The first poster and details for Lava, a musical short directed by Pixar’s head of animation James Ford Murphy, have just hit the web. Get those, plus a high-res look at Inside Out‘s new logo, after the jump.

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