“It’s not 1985 anymore; it’s 1986,” explains one of the many characters voiced by British writer/director Michael (Mike) Mort in his first feature-length stop-motion animation work Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, the follow-up of sorts to his 2013 Chuck Steel short, Raging Balls of Steel Justice. Like the short, this film is a send-up of 1980s American action movies like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. But with Trampires, Mort adds a bevy of tributes to horror films of the decade as well, including very funny and graphic shouts out to the Evil Dead trilogy and John Carpenter’s The Thing, among others.

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next gen trailer

Take a dash of WALL-E, a smidgen of Big Hero Six, and a pinch of The Iron Giant, and you get Next Gen. The new animated film from Netflix looks to be borrowing heavily from those titles, and more, but the audience it’s marketed towards probably won’t care, so that’s fine. Watch the Next Gen trailer below.

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Star Wars Resistance Showrunner

Star Wars Resistance is coming this fall to Disney XD. However, we still don’t know a whole lot about the series. So far we’ve only gotten a brief synopsis of the story and a small amount of artwork from the anime-inspired series. If you’re hoping to get answers from series creator Dave Filoni, he’s not ready to spill the beans yet…and he might not always be the best person to get that information from anyway.

Dave Filoni has revealed that he won’t be quite as involved with Star Wars Resistance as he was on the previous animated series Star Wars Rebels. Of course, that makes perfect sense since now that we know The Clone Wars will be making a comeback with new episodes, and that will keep him from being the Star Wars Resistance showrunner. Find out what Filoni had to say below. Read More »

mirai us release

While the world has been scrambling to name any promising anime director as the next Hayao Miyazaki (while the man himself diligently ignores all the hoopla with another un-retirement), Mamoru Hosoda has quietly proved to be a visionary filmmaker in his own right. With a career spanning wildly inventive films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, Hosoda has not delivered a bad film yet. And now U.S. audiences can soon experience his latest film, Mirai, in theaters this fall. Read More »

Ralph Breaks the Internet Teaser

Before the weekend started, we got a look at a new character entering the world of Wreck-It Ralph, a tough street racer named Shank voiced by none other than Gal Gadot. Now Disney wants to show off the Wonder Woman’s computer animated alter ego in action with a new Ralph Breaks the Internet teaser that has her racing against none other than the adorably feisty, candy-haired Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) while Ralph (John C. Reilly) uneasily takes the passenger seat. Read More »

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Wreck-It Ralph 2 Gal Gadot Character

Gal Gadot is crushing it as Wonder Woman right now on the set of the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984. But this fall, we’ll get to see her in the digital world as a new character in Disney’s sequel to the animated hit Wreck-It Ralph.

Ralph Breaks the Internet has brought in Gal Gadot to voice Shank, described as “a tough and talented driver in an intense and gritty online racing game called Slaughter Race.” That sounds an awful lot like her character from the Fast and the Furious franchise. Get a first look at her character below. Read More »

wreck it ralph 2 disney princesses

One of the most highly anticipated moments in Ralph Breaks the Internet is the scene where the Disney princesses of the House of Mouse meet the modern gamer girl, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). More than just a glorified cameo, the scene brings back the majority of the original voice actresses and shows our favorite princesses in a new light.

But what do the princesses get up to when they’re not wielding glass slippers as weapons? Apparently, they love to lounge about in casual wear just like us. And we have been blessed with a first look at the brand new outfits that the princesses wear in their downtime.

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I have never seen an episode of Rick and Morty. The only impression I have of this series (which plenty of people with great taste have told me is “really good, you should watch it!”) is an unfortunate one involving Szechuan sauce and a viral McDonald’s video. You know the one I’m talking about.

But a few bad fans don’t a bad show make, so when I heard that a Rick and Morty-themed pop-up bar was opening in Washington, D.C., I was curious enough to check it out. Any series that inspires its fans to scream about pickles and tear off their shirts must be doing something right. Right? Besides, I was curious as to what a Szechuan-style cocktail would taste like (spoiler: it was delicious).

Here’s my story of how I walked into a Rick and Morty-themed pop-up bar, and walked out more confused than ever.

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Disenchantment Reviews

After diving into suburban family life and the distant future with The Simpsons and Futurama, animation icon Matt Groening is bringing his trademark humor into the distant past with his fantasy comedy series Disenchantment on Netflix. But does Groening, whose shows have lost their bite in later seasons, even for longtime fans, have what it takes to head into new territory and create something refreshing? Or are we looking at a similar run of jokes in a premise that isn’t quite living up to its potential?

The first Disenchantment reviews are in, and while many of them see potential in the episodes sent out to critics ahead of the show’s premiere, more of them think the show lacks fresh comedy and appears to be missing something that made Matt Groeninig’s previous efforts so memorable and enjoyable. However, there are those who think the show eventually finds its footing and will come into its own, just as The Simpsons and Futurama did. Read More »

hayao miyazaki kingdom of dreams and madness

When Hayao Miyazaki comes back from retirement (again), he’s going to do it right. The animation legend has long had his hands in every detail of his productions, but as he nears 80, you would perhaps expect him to take it easy or slow down just a little. Nope. He’s been dubbed “The Never-Ending Man” for a reason, and this famously perfectionist filmmaker will take as long as he needs to complete his next movie, titled How Do You Live? Even if that means we have to wait another three to four years for it.

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