a kite's tale first look

The sky is the limit for Disney when it comes to experimenting with animation styles and new technology in their short films. The company is set to release their second-ever Disney VR short, titled a kite’s tale, which will make its make its world debut at this year’s SIGGRAPH, the annual conference on computer graphics. Get the first look at a kite’s tale below.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now silver lake

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

It’s a holiday weekend, which means you’re going to need stuff to watch. Sure, you could go to a BBQ, or the beach. But who wants to do that when you can sit on the couch and watch some great movies? If, like me, you shun the outdoors and need some recommendations on what to watch, I’m here to help. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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pixar short

For more than two decades, Pixar provided two rare constants: high-quality animated films that appealed to kids and adults, and envelope-pushing animated shorts that would air right before those films in theaters. But now, over 20 years after Pixar debuted its Oscar-winning Geri’s Game in front of A Bug’s Life in 1998, the animation studio is breaking tradition with Toy Story 4, which will not feature a preceding Pixar short film.

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Jim Henson Documentary

Jim Henson is the mastermind behind the beloved characters known as The Muppets, and he also had a hand in making the iconic series Sesame Street. But before getting deep into puppet entertainment, Henson also wrote, directed, produced, and even starred in several experimental short films between 1964 and 1969. One of those films even earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short Film.

Now, thanks to ShortsTV, you can get a look at Jim Henson’s earliest works in Jim Henson: The Early Works, a collection of the filmmaker’s shorts made before The Muppets became a big deal. Then, you can follow it up with a vintage deep dive into all the work he did with The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and more thanks to the 45-minute documentary Henson’s Place: The Man Behind the Muppets. Read More »

little black mirror

Last week, Netflix announced they would be releasing a series of three short films as a spin-off of its acclaimed sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror. The shorts, which were to be released under the umbrella title of Little Black Mirror, will now be known as Stories From Our Future. Read more about them below, including where and when you’ll be able to see them.
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disney+ animated shorts

Disney recently unveiled a whole slew of original programming for Disney+, their upcoming streaming service. But they’re by no means done. The House of Mouse just dropped info on three new animated shorts that will debut next year. The shorts come from people who worked on Disney pics like Bolt, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Zootopia, Moana, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, and more.

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Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts Red Band Trailer

20th Century Fox is about to launch the Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts Series on IGN, featuring “six terrifying new tales set in the Alien universe.” Ahead of the launch, a new Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts red band trailer has arrived, loaded with enough terror and bloodshed to pique your interest. Check out the trailer below.

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Steamboat Willie LEGO Set

Last year, Mickey Mouse celebrated his 90th anniversary. The cartoon rodent debuted in the black and white animated short Steamboat Willie all the way back in November of 1928, along with his lifelong companion Minnie Mouse. The short would kick off a legacy that still stands strong today as Disney has become a powerhouse not only in animation, but entertainment at large.

Now fans can celebrate the debut of Mickey Mouse with an official new LEGO set that brings Steamboat Willie to life in building brick form. The new set, which originated at the LEGO Ideas website, brings to life the S.S. Willie steamboat that Mickey Mouse steers in the animated short. And just like the animated short itself, this set and the accompanying Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse minifigures are in black and white. Check out the full Steamboat Willie LEGO set below. Read More »

Four Weddings and a Funeral Sequel Cast

Toward the end of last year, we learned that a Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel was being planned as a short film to support the charitable Red Nose Day campaign. Writer Richard Curtis is back to script the sequel, and Mike Newell will be directing again, too. But let’s be honest, it’s the returning cast you’re excited to see after 25 years. And while pretty much everyone from the original movie will be back, there are a couple of new cast members getting in on the fun.

Baby Driver star Lily James and Tomb Raider leading badass Alicia Vikander will have roles in the Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel cast. And if that’s not enough, an official teaser for the short film has arrived online featuring Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas and the tease of a secret wedding. Read More »

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Kitbull

Pixar has released another short film from their SparkShorts program, and it’s extra special, because it’s hand-drawn. While the studio is known for their pioneering digital animation, their latest short – Kitbull – is entirely hand drawn short. Watch the full Kitbull short below, along with a making-of featurette and an introduction to the filmmakers.

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