As we’ve previously reported, there’s a 30th anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD release of the entire Back to the Future trilogy arriving on October 20th, the day before Back to the Future Day gets into full swing on October 21st, 2015, which is the exact day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II. And if you weren’t interested in buying the new set before, this latest tease just might convince you.
Doc Brown returns in a new short film called Doc Brown Saves the World, featuring Christopher Lloyd reprising his iconic role from the time traveling film franchise, and the only way to see this short film in October will be to get your hands on this 30th anniversary set of the movies. But thankfully, we’ve got a tease of the short film to watch now. Read More »
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Summer ’78 is a short film that played at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2015. The filmmaker says the short film is “about the power of imagination.” At its core, the Summer 78 short film is about a young boy growing up in the late 1970s, playing with his favorite Star Wars toys, creating short 8mm movies with elaborate recreations in his backyard. Hit the jump to watch the Summer 78 short film now.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Disneyland is billed as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but happy isn’t for everyone. Some people find all that relentless cheer to be kinda creepy, or simply prefer to mix things up with more offbeat, macabre entertainments. For all those people, there’s Banksy‘s Dismaland.
Touted as “the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction,” Dismaland showcases work by Damien Hurst, Jenny Holzer, and other artists (in addition to Bansky himself). It also features an hourlong program of short films by Ze Frank, Kristen Lepore, and many more. Get the Banksy Dismaland preview, and watch all 24 shorts, after the jump. Read More »
There’s plenty of Star Wars mash-ups out there online, but most them simply take real footage from the movies and remixes it with other audio and video. However, it’s always a little more impressive when someone creates an original video with Star Wars influences.
And that’s exactly what’s so cool about Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens, a Star Wars Daft Punk hybrid music video by Infectious Designer that takes elements from a galaxy far, far away and mixes them with an electro-punk underworld. If you like neon, shiny helmets and lightsabers, you’ll enjoy this little production. Read More »
Pixar’s film Inside Out is all about (spoiler) reconciling the seeming conflict between Joy and Sadness. So, for the first short film starring the Inside Out characters, it makes sense to focus on the early dating life of the now 12-year old Riley, because Joy and Sadness will really get a workout as she starts to date. Disgust, Fear, and Anger will likely all get their due time in control, too, but hopefully that can wait a few years.
Anyway, Riley’s First Date? (note: the question mark is part of the title!) is the first spin-off short from Inside Out, and we have the first info on it below.
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Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Groot was the breakout favorite from last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but for a variety of reasons — including the film’s running time, its narrative scope, and the fact that Groot is only capable of saying the words “I am Groot” — we never really got to dig into his backstory. Where did this lovable tree-creature come from? Who taught him how to fight like that? And how did he meet his BFF Rocket?
We’ll have to wait and see if any of those questions are answered in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but in the meantime his animated counterpart is getting a bit more history. Disney XD has unveiled a Groot origin story short ahead of its new cartoon series Guardians of the Galaxy, delving back into his childhood on an entire planet of Groots. Watch the Groot origin story after the jump. Read More »
Two of my favorite pop culture artists are gearing up to release prints based on two of the best films released over the last year. Dave Perillo created an awesome poster for Patrick Osborne‘s Disney animated short film Feast (maybe my favorite animated film from Disney at this point, yes ever) and Scott C created a massive Great Showdown tribute to George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road. Find out details on how you can obtain both of these prints, and see the artwork in high resolution, after the jump.
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Stephen and Timothy Quay are twin animators who have worked in both short and feature forms for decades, creating striking and unusual images such as the one above, from The Comb. While their style is indebted to other directors such as Jan Svankmajer, whose work is namechecked in an early Quay short, Brothers Quay films are singular efforts. Their shorts have appeared on laserdisc and DVD, but so far the primary way to get their incredible short films on blu-ray has been as bonus features on UK issues of their features.
Now Christopher Nolan and his company Syncopy are working with Zeitgeist Films to curate Blu-Ray releases, including a disc featuring the short work of the Brothers Quay. Now we’ve learned there’s a bonus: Nolan has directed Quay, a short documentary about the animators, which will premiere in New York in August. Read More »
We have good and bad news not he Studio Ghibli front. The good news is that “retired” animation master Hayao Miyazaki is making a new short film, with the primary character being a caterpillar. And, surprisingly, it seems that the short could be the animator’s first all-CG work. There are two bits of bad news, however. One is that this short may take up to three years to complete. And, second, you’ll have to travel to Japan to see it. Read More »