Peanuts trailer

Frankly, we were pretty nervous when we first heard that Fox and Blue Sky were trying to will a 3D, CG-animated Peanuts movie into being. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) coming on as a producer seemed like a good sign, but we’ve seen enough awful kids’ films to know how easy they are to screw up.

But now the very first Peanuts trailer has arrived, and we’re thrilled and incredibly relieved to see that it is nowhere near horrible. In fact, it’s quite good. Aside from the fact that they’re now 3D and CG-animated, Charlie Brown and Snoopy are exactly as you remember them. Hit the jump to check it out.

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When you think of an animated Charlie Brown, Fox and Ice Age animation house Blue Sky Studios don’t want the only vision that comes to mind to be from the old animated specials seen during holidays on television. No, the two companies are going to want you to think of their new animated take on Charles Schulz‘s long-running Peanuts gang.

Fox and Blue Sky have been angling for the rights to make a Peanuts film for years, and now things are all set, with a release date of November 25, 2015 inked for a feature that will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the comic strip. (It’ll also be the 50th anniversary of the best-known animated version of Peanuts, A Charlie Brown Christmas.) Read More »

Since the run-up to the release of Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age in 2002, the best spokesman — spokesanimal? — for the film series has been a creature that can barely speak. The acorn-obsessed Scrat, a sabre-toothed squirrel, has starred in trailers and shorts and is one of the most consistently entertaining parts of the actual films. With the latest film in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, hitting theaters in July 2012, Fox and Blue Sky are way ahead of the curve in getting the word out. The first part of the short Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up showed up way back in January of this year, and now we’ve got the conclusion. Check it out below. Read More »

Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:

  • Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
  • and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.

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As if Jeremy Renner doesn’t have enough stuff to do. But hell, the big steaming pile of sequels to the Ice Age films should help someone, so why not a handful of actors? (And animators and loads of technicians, which is also a good thing.) DreamWorks is setting the voice cast for the fourth Ice Age movie, aka Ice Age: Continental Drift (not an educational film, so don’t worry, kids) and Jeremy Renner is among the new additions. Read More »

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