white snake us release

GKIDS has been fast establishing itself as one of the premiere movie distributors for high-quality animated films. And with China beginning to dip its toes into the animated movie market, it was only a matter of time before the two would meet.

GKIDS, which has distributed for U.S. release award-winning fare like The Breadwinner and the works of Studio Ghibli, has picked up its very first Chinese animated film, White Snakea sumptuous fantasy epic loosely based on the ancient Chinese folk tale of the same name. Following the film’s smash success at the Chinese box office this year, GKIDS has set the White Snake US release date for this fall.

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love death and robots season 2

Tim Miller and David Fincher‘s offbeat animated anthology series Love, Death and Robots has been renewed for another season at Netflix. The experimental anthology series will be telling more violent and sexy sci-fi tales for a second season, this time with Kung Fu Panda 2 and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson working as the supervising director. Read more about the Love Death and Robots season 2 renewal below.

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The Simpsons IKEA Living Room

IKEA is famous for providing furniture that can take forever to build and breaking up what seem like solid relationships in record time. But every now and then, they do something cool with pop culture that’s worth pointing out. This time, the Swedish furniture company has recreated the living rooms from The Simpsons, Stranger Things and Friends using their own furniture and some creativity. It’s actually kind of impressive how they pulled this off. Read More »

Toy Story 4 early buzz

It’s been nine years since the cathartic, emotional ending of Toy Story 3 led Woody, Buzz, and the gang into a whole new chapter of their lives. With such a huge amount of goodwill built up for this franchise, continued by several delightful shorts that have been released on TV since then, Pixar was taking a creative gamble by rolling the dice on yet another sequel. (It appears as if it wasn’t much of a financial gamble, considering the presale numbers are already very impressive.)

So did Pixar hit the jackpot, roll snake eyes, or land somewhere in between? The sequel just screened to a select group of junket critics, so check out the Toy Story 4 early buzz below. Read More »

toy story 4 clip

Evil dolls are all the rage in the horror genre, so it’s no surprise that Woody and the gang’s Big Bad in Toy Story 4 is a sweet, cherubic doll named Gabby Gabby. But appearance isn’t everything, and soon those dead eyes will turn murderous. Well, not too murderous – this is a kid’s movie after all. But seeing this sweet-looking doll turn into a sinister villain may be enough to send any kid shivering under the covers. Watch Gabby Gabby’s introduction in the new Toy Story 4 clip below. Read More »

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • MTV is remaking Punk’d and Singled Out, because there is no escaping the past.
  • Netflix renews Dead to Me for season 2.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff is headed to Nickelodeon.
  • The Ranch is ending with season 4.
  • That viral Baby Shark song is becoming a TV show.
  • Jennifer Aniston says the Friends cast is up for a reunion, if someone wants to get that going.

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solo box office failure

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Men In Black International gets a snazzy Lexus ad.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story fans, who do exist, would like a sequel.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard suggests that the surviving original Jurassic Park actors will be appearing in Jurassic World 3.
  • Toy Story 4 gets a colorful IMAX poster.

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Secret Life of Pets 2 Review

It took the Walt Disney Company only five years after its first fully animated feature film to release what they dubbed a “package” film: a series of shorts strung together to feature length. In Disney’s case, package films were a necessity to ensure that they could make money during the war-torn 1940s. For Illumination Entertainment, the animation unit based in France that’s responsible for such feature-length mediocrities as Despicable Me and Sing, it took them nearly a decade to make their first package film.

And here, too, necessity no doubt drove Illumination to make its first package effort, because if they couldn’t make a franchise outside of the Minion-verse, then they’d have no film this year. Don’t let the title fool you. Yes, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a sequel to the 2016 hit, but this new picture is three mostly separate stories that could just as easily function as episodes of a TV show as they do as pieces of an aggressively inconsequential feature film.

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arthur gay wedding episode

Reaching out to an audience with a positive message about gay marriage isn’t hard when you’ve got an Alabama Methodist church and an LGBTQ film festival playing their part.

Following the Alabama Public Television’s refusal to air an episode of the beloved children’s program Arthur that featured a gay wedding of a major character, the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham is hosting a wedding-themed screening of the episode. The church teamed up with the Sidewalk Film Festival and Shout LGBTQ Film Festival for a free, all-ages event that will be held next week.

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The Little Mermaid Revisited

(Revisiting the Renaissance is a bi-weekly series in which Josh Spiegel looks back at the history and making of the 13 films of the Disney Renaissance, released between 1986 and 1999. In today’s column, Spiegel discusses the 1989 fairy tale The Little Mermaid.)

The success of Oliver & Company in 1988, coupled with the continued infusion of new blood among executives at the Walt Disney Company, raised the stakes for the animation studio. Peter Schneider, the president of Walt Disney Animation Studios, announced that they would begin releasing one film per year from that point forward. It was an ambitious approach for a studio that had just begun to claw itself out of a deep hole.

At the time, releasing one film per year was all well and good, but that required the studio to think of viable enough ideas, and quickly. For their next project, Disney’s animators would have to go back into the past of the studio’s undeveloped ideas — under the sea.

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