2016 annie awards nominations

With December just around the corner, we’re about to plunge face-first into awards season. Before we even get to the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards, we’ll hear from every major critics group across the United States. But before that, we can peruse the 2016 Annie Awards nominees, which look the honor the best in animated films and television. While the Annie’s don’t always agree with the Oscars, the nominees here may provide a preview of what to expect from this category in the months ahead.

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Moana - Kakamora

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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sky high sequel

The co-directors of next month’s Trolls, Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, have a long history with DreamWorks. Dohrn has worked on several of their films as a story artist or head of story, while Mitchell directed Shrek Forever After. Micthell is also behind the original superhero film Sky High — a charming movie that has seemingly gained more fans over the years. Shrek 5 is definitely happening, which neither Dohn or Mitchell are officially involved with, but according to Mitchell, he’s (possibly) working on Sky High 2 at the moment.

Below, learn more about the Sky High sequel and Shrek 5.

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Trolls trailer

At Comic-Con, DreamWorks showed 15 minutes from their upcoming animated film Trolls. Based on the toys from the ’90s, it looked like co-directors Mike Mitchell (Sky High) and Walter Dohn‘s (SpongeBob SquarePants) were aiming higher than most movies based on toys. For starters, its soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake, who recorded his first single for the film since 2013. Some of the music choices added personality to the animation, but one sequence played to Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” as unsubtle as that sounds, made Trolls look more charming than we may have expected before Comic-Con.

Below, watch the new Trolls trailer.

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Trolls Comc-Con Panel

DreamWorks Animation brought their trippy animated musical adventure Trolls to Comic-Con this year. As we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s a feature film adaptation of the wild-haired dolls that became popular in the 1990s, and it brings a bunch of pop music hits to the big screen with a so many bright colors, weird characters and creatures, all making for a delightful acid trip that’s safe for kids.

The studio showed off about 15 minutes of footage from the movie, and I was surprised to find that this wasn’t just a showcase for a bunch of pop songs for no reason. Instead, it’s a musical where the songs really motivate the story and help develop the characters. Plus, the original songs executive produced by Justin Timberlake are bound to be favorites of kids and adults alike.

Read more about the Trolls Comic-Con panel after the jump, including some additions to the cast that just might get you even more interested in an animated movie that looks truly original despite being based on a toyline. Read More »

Trolls trailer

Troll dolls last peaked about twenty years ago, but now that the ’90s revival is in full swing, DreamWorks is making a valiant effort to bring back those tiny bright-haired creatures. Coming up from the studio this fall is Trolls, an animated adventure featuring the mellifluous voices of Justin Timberlake (who released his first new single since 2013 for it), Anna KendrickZooey Deschanel, Russell BrandJames Corden, and Gwen Stefani.

Timberlake leads the cast as a grumpy troll who must join forces with an extremely chipper troll (Kendrick) to fight a greater evil. Can these total opposites learn to respect each other and work together? Will they be able to vanquish the villain with the power of love and/or joy? Will the cranky one eventually open up to reveal the song in his heart? Tough questions, if you’ve never seen a movie before.

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Can't Stop This Feeling Music Video

Director Mark Romanek has only been at the helm of a handful of feature films, including One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. But he’s had quite the lucrative career directing music videos for the likes of Taylor Swift, Madonna, Weezer and even Michael Jackson. Now he’s back behind the camera for a new music video from Justin Timberlake, and it just so happens to be for one of the many tracks that will be coming thanks to his starring role in DreamWorks Animation’s new animated musical comedy Trolls.

Watch the new Justin Timberlake music video after the jump. Read More »

‘Trolls’ Trailer: Your Favorite ’90s Fad Is Back

Trolls trailer

It’s been a good 20 years since trolls were in, but with everything else from the ’90s making it back to the big screen, from Jurassic Park to N.W.A., DreamWorks is hoping they can make trolls happen again in the year 2016. These new trolls are tiny, colorful, CG-animated, and hip to the musics of today, like Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” Watch these creatures get down in the first Trolls trailer after the jump.
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Justin Timberlake, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2013

Hollywood’s been rooting around in your old childhood toybox again, and this time they’ve dug up your forgotten troll collection. You remember trolls, right? Those pug-nosed plastic dolls with the bright big furry hair? Well, they’re getting their own movie from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox later this year, and today we have a first look at its star-studded cast (including Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) and the characters they’ll be voicing.  Read More »

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Justin Timberlake Joining Trolls

Pitch Perfect leading lady Anna Kendrick has been situated to lead DreamWorks Animation’s musical adaptation of the Danish toy known as Troll dolls for over a year now. The project is simply called Trolls, and sees the Oscar nominee playing a relentlessly upbeat character named Princess Poppy.

Now Kendrick finally has some company on the animated adventure as recording star turned actor Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Runner Runner) has just signed on to voice a lead character. And since this is a musical, it’s likely safe to assume that he’ll be doing some singing as well. Read More »