Motion Capture Characters

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what the motion capture performances looked like behind the scenes of movies like Beauty and the Beast, the Shape of Water, Call of the Wild, and more. Plus, watch a gag reel of some movie mistakes from the set of Netflix’s new comedy The Wrong Missy, and listen as Scoob! and The Willoughbys star Will Forte improvises some voices for cartoon characters he’s seeing for the first time. Read More »

The Willoughbys Featurette

Since Netflix isn’t always the best at marketing their new movies and TV shows within their own apps, you might not have realized that their new original animated movie The Willoughbys is already available to watch. But maybe you’re not quite sure if you want to check out the adaptation of the children’s book of the same name by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry, a new featurette and clip show off the quirky family with a great voice cast, including Ricky Gervais as a narrating cat. Read More »

kris pearn interview

There’s something about The Willoughbys, Netflix’s new CG-animated family film based on the Lois Lowry children’s book, that looks a little old-fashioned. But director Kris Pearn doesn’t mind. In fact, that was his intention. Down to the yarn-like bright red hair that covers the heads of the Willoughby children, the intrepid protagonists of the family adventure, to the jittery character movement that mimics stop-motion animation, Pearn wants to use computer animation as a tool to give the film the same feeling as 2D and stop-motion animated films.

“I started off my career as a 2D animator,”Pearn told /Film in a phone interview. “And I think, for me, the craft of the art form of animation is often less is more. The computer does ‘real’ very and so one of the tricks in trying to make it feel handmade is using that as a tool.”

/Film spoke with Pearn to speak about The Willoughbys, how he tackled an “old-fashioned story” that feels like it came right out of a Roald Dahl book, and what a stylish and inventively animated film like his could mean for the future of CG animation.

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The Willoughbys Clip

Last year, Netflix delivered quite the charming and touching animated Christmas movie with Klaus. This year, they’re digging into animation again, this time with the promising quirky comedy The Willoughbys, based on the children’s book of the same name by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry.

If this is your first time hearing about The Willoughbys, whether in the form of a book or an animated feature film, don’t worry. Netflix has released a The Willoughbys clip featuring Ricky Gervais as the voice of a cat who seems to be well-versed on the titular family. In the clip, he explains the long legacy of the family, including their impressive facial hair, before giving us a rundown of the kids the story focuses on. Read More »

the willoughbys trailer

Netflix has been killing it at the animation game lately, allowing their filmmakers space to innovate and give a fresh spin on the samey 3D-animation style. Netflix’s Oscar-nominated Klaus was the first big turning point, with its striking hybrid 2D and 3D animation, but it seem like the family comedy The Willoughbys will follow in its footsteps. Based on the Lois Lowry novel of the same name, The Willoughbys follows four siblings with neglectful parents who decide to take matters into their own hands. Watch The Willoughbys trailer below.

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New Netflix Animated Movies - The Willoughbys

Continuing their endless growth of original content, Netflix has ordered up six new animated movies and TV shows for their streaming library, spanning a variety of demographics and genres. They include a new 2D animated film from The Secret of Kells director Nora Twomey, an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Willoughbys (seen above), a new show from The Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, and a limited series from The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez. But that’s not all.

Get all the details on the new Netflix animated movies and TV shows below. Read More »