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A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The number of Oscar-qualifying films has risen greatly over the past few years. For instance, last year there were just 16 films submitted. But with so many films submitted to the Academy, I wonder how many of these movies have you seen? Hit the jump to see the list of 2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films.

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Storks trailer

If you’re not already excited for an animated adventure about a stork’s quest to deliver a baby, perhaps the promise of a new song by Jason Derulo can entice you. Warner Bros. has released the new trailer for Storks, featuring Derulo’s new song “Kiss the Sky.” Will it prove as ubiquitous as Despicable Me 2‘s “Happy” or as frustratingly catchy as Trolls‘ “Can’t Stop the Feeling”? Find out for yourself by clicking play on the Storks trailer below. Read More »

‘Storks’ Trailer: Andy Samberg Delivers a Baby

Storks trailer

“Where do babies come from?” is the question all parents dread hearing, at least according to every family sitcom ever. But if you can wait ’til fall to have the talk, Warner Bros.’ Storks can help you out with a kid-friendly, completely scientifically accurate accounting of how exactly the process works.

As all of us adults know, of course, it begins with the Baby Making Machine on Stork Mountain. The device spits out a tiny human, and a bird (possibly one that sounds exactly like Andy Samberg) is assigned to drop it off at its new home. Along the way, said bird will inevitably run into hilarious and adorable mishaps. Get a little peek at that incredible journey with the latest Storks trailer.

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Storks trailer

After sending up pop stars with Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Andy Samberg will move on to delivering babies. Storks stars Samberg as, yep, a stork, who’s tasked with delivering an adorable baby girl. The problem is that said baby is completely unauthorized, and could derail his career if he gets caught by his boss (Kelsey Grammer). You see, in the Storks version of the world, storks no longer deliver babies, having long ago switched to delivering packages for an Amazon-like retailer.

The logical question raised by this concept is who does deliver human babies in the Storks universe, now that the birds are no longer handling that task. Have humans had to resort to pushing them out of their bodies (you know, the way humans do in our real world)? Or has some other animal taken over delivering duties? The latest Storks trailer doesn’t answer those inquiries, but it does show a flustered Samberg warning his human friend Tulip about the dangers of baby cuteness. Watch the Storks trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Neighbors

Nicholas Stoller was on a panel for the second season of The Carmichael Show on NBC for the Television Critics Association. After the panel, I spoke with Stoller one-on-one for updates on his many movie projects, including the comedy sequels Zoolander 2 and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and the animated feature StorksRead More »

Storks teaser trailer

Nicholas Stoller has already made a name for himself as a comedy director with films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors, and now he’s branching out with his first animated feature. Co-directed by Stoller and Pixar vet Doug SweetlandStorks features the voices of Kelsey Grammer and Andy Samberg as storks who, instead of delivering babies, deliver packages for an online retailer.

Also starring are Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, for those of you who haven’t quite recovered from the end of Key & Peele, though you don’t hear them in the first promo. Watch the first Storks teaser trailer after the jump.  Read More »

nicholas stoller neighbors interview

The upcoming comedy Neighbors is odd in that the director, Nicholas Stoller (above, center), came on pretty late in the process. Writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien first pitched the idea to producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. They loved it and thought of Zac Efron as the lead frat boy in the conceit. Only then did Stoller get the call. Once he came on board, many things were already in place. That’s not to say he didn’t put his own stamp on it, however.

That stamp comes from Hollywood experience that’s been incredibly eclectic so far, and is only getting more weird. Stoller first directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, wrote and directed Get Him To The Greek, wrote The Muppets, wrote and directed The Five Year Engagement, wrote Muppets Most Wanted and, after Neighbors, he’s going into the world of animation with Captain Underpants and Storks.

In this interview, we talk about all of that. We also discuss the issues marketing a comedy where you want to sell the movie but also not ruin the jokes, PG-13 vs R in the eye of an executive, the latest on some upcoming projects, being part of the Warner Bros. Animation brain trust and how Enter the Void played a part in the production.

We also discussed lots of behind the scenes Neighbors stuff, dissecting some of the film’s best jokes, but we’ll save that for next week so you can see the hilarious movie this weekend and not be spoiled. Read the non-spoiler Nicholas Stoller Neighbors interview below. Read More »

Warner Bros. was once a studio synopymous with animation thanks to the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon lines. But it has been a long time since WB was particularly commanding in theatrical animation. (The studio does have a healthy direct to video animation arm, however.) Other studios such as Pixar and DreamWorks have taken center stage there.

Pixar is famous for its “brain trust,” and the concept of having some individual or group of people to guide other projects, beyond the basic producer capacity, has spread to Marvel, which has Joss Whedon, and Fox, which hired Mark Millar to emulate Whedon’s “godfather” duties with superhero projects.

Now Warner Bros. is assembling its own group of creators to act as a sort of brain trust, with the filmmakers behind Crazy, Stupid, Love., Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and The Muppets formed into a new feature animation think tank that will hopefully create one animated feature per year for the studio.  Read More »