Shrek Honest Trailer

Last month, Screen Junkies decided to give their fans the power of voting for which Honest Trailers hit the web all through January. We’re well into February now, but we wanted to make sure that we highlighted the movie that fans wanted to see get skewered the most, and you might be surprised as to what came out on top.

Shrek was the movie that fans wanted Screen Junkies to give the Honest Trailers treatment to the most, and they definitely come through with flying colors by delivering an amusing parody of Smash Mouth’s hit song “All Star” from the film’s soundtrack. It’s not quite as cool as Michael Bolton showing up in the Honest Trailer for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but it’ll do for now.

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Shrek Movie References

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 16 years since DreamWorks Animation released the first Shrek into theaters, launching a multi-billion dollar franchise (that is supposed to continue sometime in the near future). If it’s been awhile since you sunk your teeth into the animated fairytale comedy, you might have forgotten just how many movies Shrek and Shrek 2 parodies and paid homage to.

For those who may not have time to sit down and watch the first two Shrek movies just to soak them all up, one fan has put together a video taking a look at the various references to other movies, from Beauty and the Beast to Alien to Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. You just may have forgotten how many gags there are referencing other movies.

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Shrek Forever After

We’ve heard some stray rumblings over the years that Shrek 5 could be coming, and now those rumblings have turned into something a little louder and clearer. As Universal nails down the final details of their $3.8 billion deal to acquire DreamWorks Animation, the studio is making plans to release Shrek 5 in 2019. And that’s not all: they’re also moving forward with Shadows, a new feature from Edgar Wright and David WalliamsRead More »

Shrek Sequels

If you’ve been holding out hope that we might see the Shrek franchise return to the big screen, we have some good news. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the original DreamWorks Animation film featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, and to celebrate the milestone, the studio is figuring out a way to bring the franchise back from the dead.

Comcast’s NBC Universal recently bought DreamWorks Animation, and part of their plan for the animation studio includes creating more Shrek sequels, as revealed by NBCU chief executive Steve Burke during the Guggenheim TMT Symposium in New York. Find out more about the revival of the Shrek franchise after the jump. Read More »

Phallic symbolism

Full frontal male nudity is hard to come by in most major motion pictures. But hat doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of phallic imagery in a lot of movies that you’ve seen, and we’re not just talking about sex comedies.

The folks at Now You See It have put together a video that takes a look at a wide variety of manhood-shaped objects and implications that have made their way into the movies such as Spaceballs, and even family films like Shrek and Toy Story, but they also shine a special light on how phallic symbolism is used in more dramatic films like Birth of a Nation and North by Northwest. See more of phallic symbolism in movies after the jump! Read More »

Disney Logo evolution

Ethan Jones has created a series of compilation videos showing how various animated logo openings have changed and evolved over the years. Most recently Jones has released videos of the Walt Disney Pictures and DreamWorks logo openings.
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Twitter Disney Characters

That’s a hashtag with 140 characters. Get it? There’s much more in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below read about the following:

  • Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage is coming to Disneyland.
  • Check out a fan rendition of what a possible Star Wars overhaul to Disneyland would look like.
  • An official teaser for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille ride.
  • Some new looks at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at Walt Disney World.
  • Universal Studios building new theme parks in Asia.
  • DreamWorks is planning a Shrek attraction in London.

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Blade Runner

Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.

It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:

  • Kathy Bates presenting Misery 
  • Cher presenting Moonstruck 
  • Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
  • Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
  • Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
  • Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
  • Demi Moore presenting Ghost 
  • Mike Myers presenting Shrek
  • Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
  • Kurt Russell presenting The Thing 
  • Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects

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A bunch of 3D news stories have hit the web today, including DreamWork Animation’s plans to post convert the first three Shrek movies in “fake 3D” for Blu-Ray 3D release, Samsung is teaming with Real D to bring the same 3D you experience in your local multiplex to your home. What this means to you is no clunky active shutter display glasses, and one step closer to glassless 3D. Read all this and more after the jump.

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How To Train Your Dragon

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon opened to a lackluster $43 million in its opening weekend, leading many to call the movie a financial failure. Great reviews (like the ones on /Film) and incredible word of mouth led to a larger and longer than expected run at the box office.

The movie has now been in theaters for 95 days (or 14 weeks) and has grossed a total of $215.5 million domestically, surpassing Kung Fu Panda to become DreamWorks Animation’s highest grossing non-Shrek franchise movie of all time. And while DWA is technically independent of the live action DreamWorks SKG, it is interesting to note that Dragon is expected to surpass Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan to become the highest grossing domestic non-Shrek franchise film in the history of both companies.

Thanks to /Film reader ishneak for the tip.