Marvel may have made the biggest splash in terms of a deal with Netflix, but DreamWorks Animation got there first. The first animated show DreamWorks put on Netflix was Turbo Fast, a spin-off from the film featuring a Ryan Reynolds-voiced snail. Now they’ve announced three new shows. The shows are Puss In Boots, from the Shrek franchise; King Julian, starring the lemur from Madagascar; and Veggie Tales in the House, based on the popular family franchise.
Sticking with the short form animation front, Disney and Pixar will premiere a new Cars themed short film, The Radiator Springs 500 ½, on their new Disney Movies Anywhere app later this spring. It’s the first in a new Pixar series of shorts called Tales from Radiator Springs. Check out the first images below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Technically, I guess the PG-13 Grown Ups doesn’t really qualify as a kids’ film, so its sequel probably won’t either. But since that movie centered around five grown men acting like children, I’ll say that that this Sequel Bits is all about the young’uns. After the jump:
- Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston somehow cram Madagascar 3 into their very, very busy schedules
- Steven Spielberg talks The Adventures of Tintin 2 and 3
- To the surprise of no one, Antonio Banderas would like to do a Puss in Boots 2
- Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 gets a summer 2013 release date
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Here’s your best indicator yet as to what the crop of nominations for the Best Picture Oscar is likely to be. The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced its nominations for 2011 awards, which will be doled out on January 21.
The ten films nominated for the PGA’s top honor include expected pictures such as The Artist, The Descendants and War Horse. There are no real surprises, but the growing Oscar chances for The Help won’t be hurt by getting a PGA nomination (would be slightly wild to see Chris Columbus, a producer on The Help, with an Oscar), and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris makes an appearance on the list, too. There are a couple surprises, though, in the form of Bridesmaids and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — the Judd Apatow and Scott Rudin effects in full force there. With 5-10 Best Picture nominations possible for this year’s Oscars, most of the films in the PGA’s top list are likely to end up in the race.
The full PGA press release, with the full slate of nominations, is below. Documentary and animation nominations are there, too, though the slate of nominations in each category is more or less exactly what you’d expect to see at this point. Read More »
No, the Puss in Boots you’re thinking of is not yet on DVD. That film, which is actually pretty fun, feature the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis and is a spin off of DreamWorks Animation’s massively successful Shrek series. It’s in 3D and was made with beautiful, expensive, computer-generated animation. No. That Puss in Boots is not yet on DVD.
The film in question, Puss in Boots: A Furry Tail, is a cheap, hand-drawn knockoff put on the market so that unassuming, uneducated parents will buy it thinking it’s the high quality version. Which, most certainly, it is not. But it’s still pretty funny to see what passes for family entertainment these days. Check out a clip and some more after the jump. [UPDATE – We’ve also been alerted to another awful, hilarious, Puss money grab. It’s below.] Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 by David Chen
This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat about the virtues of the Elite Squad films, praise Puss in Boots as a film better than its marketing would suggest, and try not to lose all hope in John Carter and the live action Akira remake. Special guest Eric D. Snider joins us from Film.com and Movie BS. Also, correction: Cell 211 is available on Netflix in what appears to be a region 1 DVD!
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Sunday (12/11) at Slashfilm’s live page at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST, where we’ll be reviewing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Check out this Tor.com essay on Akira.
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In 2010, only 15 films were eligible for the Best Animated Film Oscar. Under the current rules, at least 16 films have to be eligible to have more than three nominees and this year that’s looking likely. Eighteen films have been deemed eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84rd Annual Academy Awards and it’s a very crowded field. Pixar usually is a sure thing but as their film, Cars 2, underperformed – at least in Pixar terms – that leaves the door open for movies like The Smurfs, Rango, Puss in Boots and Mars Needs Moms. Well, maybe not that last one, but it’s eligible.
After the jump see the full list of eligible animated films and predict which five will get the nomination come January 24, 2012. Read More »
Most of us probably rolled our eyes in disgust when we heard the news the cat from the Shrek movies was getting his own movie. We probably snickered through the trailers or joked at the posters and, up until the lights when down in the theater, that was my mindset. I was not looking forward to Puss in Boots. When the lights came up, though, the cat got me.
Puss in Boots is way funnier and more exciting than it has any right to be. The characters are dynamic, the adventure sprawling and the humor is, at times, incredibly adult. It’ll never give you goosebumps like How to Train Your Dragon or make you howl like the first Shrek, but there is a lot to like despite some minor flaws. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you can see the header image, you probably already know exactly what’s coming next. A new viral video has been released for DreamWorks’ Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots, and yup, it’s a fairy-tale spin on Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like ad, with the feline adventurer standing in for Isaiah Mustafa.
Directed by Chris Miller, the movie goes back in time to tell a story from Puss’ pre-Shrek days, in which he joins forces with Humpty Dumpty and Kitty to steal the Goose that laid the Golden Eggs. Banderas lends his voice once more to the character of Puss, with Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Amy Sedaris contributing their vocal talents as well. Watch the video after the jump.
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