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One of the advantages of an animated sequel is that the characters never really have to get older if the filmmakers don’t want them to. They can even regress in age, as Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) did for this summer’s Monsters University, twelve years after Monsters Inc. first came out.

But the folks behind How to Train Your Dragon 2 have chosen to keep their characters aging more or less in “real” time, so the sequel features a handsome, grown-up Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) rather than the bumbling teen we met in the first film. His trusty companion Toothless, however, remains more or less the same. Check out the new teaser poster after the jump.

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Mike Myers has a documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, but what’s the latest on the Austin Powers series? Read his response below, along with a bunch of other sequel news including:

  • A sequel to Eli Roth‘s upcoming The Green Inferno is now in development. It’s called Beyond the Green Inferno.
  • Director  Zach Lipovsky explains how the Leprechaun film, Leprechaun: Origins, is a reboot and not a sequel.
  • Billy Bob Thornton isn’t sure when Bad Santa 2 is going to happen.
  • The main voice actors are set to return for The Croods 2.

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DreamWorks Animation doesn’t have quite the consistent track record that Pixar does, but when they get it right, they really get it right. Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon have been among the best non-Disney animated features in recent years, and Madagascar is the rare franchise that seems to be improving with each installment.

Their next project combines Dragon co-director Chris Sanders and Space Chimps writer-director Kirk De Micco with a star-studded cast (Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, etc.) to tell the tale of a prehistoric family venturing out of their cave to explore the strange, colorful world outside. Check out a new sneak peek after the jump.

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For DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film, The Croods, the voice cast alone is enough to get me interested: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. Then some enticing images were released that showed an extended family of cave people who are about to have their idea of the world changed forever. Now the teaser trailer has come online and it’s an exciting blend of those two things. We hear exactly why directors Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco cast these characters, we get a sense of who they are, and we get a beautiful tease of what’s to come when the film is released March 22, 2013. Check it below. Read More »

Next year, you’ll be able to see Nicolas Cage playing a caveman. And by “see” I mean “hear.” He’s the star of The Croods, a brand new 3D animated film from DreamWorks Animation. The film, directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, is about a prehistoric family traversing a wild environment looking for a new cave to call home. In addition to Cage, Ryan ReynoldsEmma StoneCatherine KeenerClark Duke, and Cloris Leachman all lend their voices. The scheduled release date is March 22, 2013.

After the jump, check out a brand new image from the film that offers the best look at the family yet. Read More »

Here are new images for a couple of upcoming CG animated features. One is Sony’s Hotel Transylvania, featuring the efforts of Dracula (Adam Sandler) to celebrate the birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), which end up being complicated by the attentions of a regular ol’ human (Andy Samberg). The movie is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) which for me at least, represents the primary appeal of the project.

There’s also The Croods from Dreamworks Animation, featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman in a story about a prehistoric family of early humans.

New looks at both films showed up this week. That’s Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, above, and we’ve got a big image for The Croods below. Read More »

How To Train Your Dragon

When we first learned a few months ago that How To Train Your Dragon would be getting a sequel (out in 2013), there were a lot of details still up in the air. Would the original cast return? What of the talented filmmakers of the original, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois? Would they be coming back too? Would the film even be in 3D?

Today, Dreamworks revealed details about what would become of the next film in its How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Hit the jump to find out more.
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The inevitable news of a How to Train Your Dragon sequel broke yesterday, courtesy of a Dreamworks conference call and press release. We learned that the film would be made for cinemas, released in 2013 and… actually, that was it. But what more information about this proposed follow-up is actually out there?

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