Lego Ninjago short clip

Jackie Chan has shown off a lot of impressive moves and battled a lot of formidable foes over the course of his career. But in the first clip from The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short, his tiny plastic counterpart meets his match… in the form of an annoying little chicken voiced by Abbi Jacobson.

The short film, which premieres in front of Warner Animation Group’s Storks later this fall, looks plenty fun in its own right. But it also represents our best look yet at The Lego Ninjago Movie, the Lego Movie spinoff featuring Chan as a kung fu master who must lead his mentees against the evil warlord Garmadon. Justin Theroux narrates The Master, although you won’t hear him in this particular scene. Watch the Lego Ninjago short clip below.  Read More »

Transformers Short Film

When it comes to the Transformers film franchise, we’re really just watching Michael Bay play with an endless array of expensive toys and technology to bring his craziest visions to life. But wouldn’t it be great if we could see a movie that brought to life the kind of cinematic battles that children imagine when they’re playing with their action figures?

A new short from French Canadian filmmaker Patrick Bolvin does just that as he uses visual effects to bring some Transformers action figures to life as a child is making them battle on a table in the backyard. It’s wonderful and I only wish it was longer. Watch the Transformers short film after the jump. Read More »

Thor Mockumentary

If you weren’t at San Diego Comic Con 2016 this summer, today is your lucky day.

Marvel Studios really brought the house down with their panel in Hall H at the pop culture convention back in July, but many fans were disappointed that they didn’t release any of the footage shown that day online with the exception of a new Doctor Strange trailer which debuted simultaneously online. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok showed none of what played in Hall H that day to fans. But that changes today.

One of the best parts of the Marvel Studios panel this year was a mockumentary made by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi which showed what the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) was up to while the rest of The Avengers were embroiled in their own conflict in Captain America: Civil War. Now the hilarious Thor mockumentary is officially online for you to watch in its entirety. Read More »

Genndy Tartakovsky Superman short concept art

It seems like there’s no shortage of stories about abandoned superhero movies, but this one’s a little different in that it’s an animated short rather than a live-action feature. Back around 2013, Genndy Tartakovsky was planning an animated Superman short. His plans were scrapped, but not before back artist Scott Willis had put together a couple of gorgeous concept art pieces. Check out Willis’ work on the Genndy Taratakovsky Superman short below.  Read More »

Star Wars Fan Film Award Winners

There are Star Wars fan films all over the internet. While an overwhelming amount of them aren’t great, you can’t deny the passion of these fans and their dedication to creating a story set within the universe they love. There are so many Star Wars fan films from these dedicated lovers of the sci-fi saga that there are awards given out by Lucasfilm every single year. It’s a high honor for Star Wars fans, and now you can watch all seven of the films that took home awards this year, ranging from impressive live-action to stylish animation.

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Jameson First Shot

For the past five years, Jameson Irish Whiskey held the Jameson First Shot international short film competition which promises to give new filmmaking talent an opportunity to break into the industry by working with Kevin Spacy, Dana Brunetti, and Trigger Street Productions.

Last week, the top three winners of the fifth annual competition were announced at an event this weekend in Los Angeles called The Weekender. This year’s three winners are Cameron Thrower (Summerville, South Carolina), Kat Wood (UK), and Jason Perini (Australia). These winning filmmakers’ were given the opportunity to actually make their short films starring Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and produced by Trigger Street. Hit the jump to watch the winning short film and learn more!

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Movie Title Designs

Most of the time, movie titles come and go without much pomp and circumstance. After all, audiences already know what movie they’re sitting down to see, so why bother being flashy about it? Well, some of the best movie title designs immediately immerse you in the world in which you’re about to spend a couple hours, which is why some of the most iconic ones really stand out.

Movie title designer Dan Perri, who has worked on films such as Star Wars, Gangs of New York, The Exorcist and more, is profiled in the latest installment of Academy Originals ongoing series “Credited As.” The documentary short dives into the craft of movie title design, shining a light on the craft that you’ve probably never spent more than a minute thinking about in your head. Read More »

Frozen Northern Lights

Disney Animation has been working on a Frozen 2 for the past several months, but we’ve still got a while to wait before the film actually hits theaters. In the meantime, though, we’ll get to see the gang back together again in a slightly different form. The Disney Channel is teaming with the LEGO Group for Frozen Northern Lights, a “brand extension” that will include a series of brand-new animated shorts.  Read More »

pixar short film Piper

If you’re like me, you enjoy Pixar’s animated short films almost as much as you do their features. The latest short from the Emeryville-based animation studio is Alan Barillaro‘s directing debut Piper, which in my opinion might be the best theatrical short film from Pixar in a decade.

I first saw this short film at a Finding Dory early press day a few months back, where minutes before the screening not one person outside of Pixar even knew of this short film’s existence. I was gobsmacked by this adorable yet beautiful piece of cinema. I have since seen it two more times and it doesn’t get old. You’ll see the whole short film playing in front of Finding Dory, in theaters later this week. But for now take in this short 24-second preview to get you excited.
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Inner Workings

This weekend brought the first trailer for Disney Animation’s Moana, and now we also have a first peek at the short film that’ll debut with Moana. Inner Workings dives into the head-vs.-heart dichotomy we’re all familiar with, as a fearful brain and his good-time heart wrestle inside an ordinary Joe. An Inner Workings first look image has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this week, and you can check it out after the jump.  Read More »