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2:00 PM on 08.18.2014

Watch this stop motion Usagi Yojimbo short, The Last Request

While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently overturtlepowering the box office, let's not forget another anthropomorphic comic book hero, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi, a rabbit samurai, once hung out with the turtles...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar is all funny business

The Madagascar films never really stuck with me. They're okay to watch in passing, or to occupy the kids for a few minutes, but they're nothing special. That's why I'm surprised I laughed as much as I did with this trailer f...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.08.2014

Trailer for The Book of Life continues to look bueno

The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite cartoons ever, El Tigre), looks absolutely stunning. I've completely fallen for this Die de Muertos film s...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 08.07.2014

Two more LEGO movies may already have release dates

With The LEGO Movie being awesome and also destroying the box office WB was quick to announce a sequel and a spin-off based on their Ninjago line of LEGO. Two upcoming movies should be enough, but the want more. THR...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 07.31.2014

First official trailer for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water

It's astonishing that Spongebob Squarepants has made it this long and still has a crazy fandom surrounding it. I remember when it first started as part of the new wave of Nicktoons as Rugrats and the like were growing up. Bu...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 07.23.2014

Full Japanese trailer for Ghibli's When Marnie Was There

Studio Ghibli's films are so damn pretty, I don't even need to understand what anyone is saying. That's why this Japanese trailer for their latest film, When Marnie Was There, is perfect for me. In much better quality than t...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Laika releases adorable character posters for The Boxtrolls

If you aren't excited about The Boxtrolls, you should be. Laika, the animation studio that's brought us stop-motion gems like Coraline and Paranorman, is currently working on The Boxtrolls, a movie set in the fictional Cheese...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya gets English cast and release date

While I may only like a small selection of Studio Ghibli's films, there's no mistaking their quality. Based on the Japanese tale "The Tale of Bamboo Cutter" and directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), Princess Kag...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Flix for Short: Duet, a film by former Disney animator Glen Keane

Although you may not know Glen Keane, chances are you recognize his work. He designed characters from famous Disney Animated films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. Although traditional 2D anim...

Nick Valdez



First full trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 is just adorable photo
First full trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 is just adorable
by Nick Valdez

When I posted the teaser trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 some time ago, I loved how cute the whole thing was. Yet, this first full trailer rings kind of hollow. As it completely relies on that cuteness, more cracks are starting to show. Sure Baymax (Scott Adsit as the squishy robot) will get a lot of chuckles out of me, but nothing else sticks out right now. 

But with this plot (a man in a kabuki mask is attacking their city with nanobots), and the reveal of the other heroes (played by Damon Wayans Jr., Jamie Chung, TJ Miller, and Genesis Rodriguez), I'm hoping there's still something hidden away. 

Big Hero 6 releases November 7th. 

[via Moviefone]

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2:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Japanese teaser for next Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There

Based on Joan G. Robinson's novel of the same name, When Marnie is There is about a lonely little girl who befriends a ghost. I've never read the book myself, but if it's being adapted by Studio Ghibli, I'm sure it's equal p...

Nick Valdez





4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)

Presenting: Butter Ya'Self, a stop-motion animation of food rapping about food. You're welcome. Butter Ya'Self was created by a bunch of people at CalArts, but specifically by Julian Petschek. The characters are all voiced b...

Liz Rugg

9:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Dreamworks picks up Felix the Cat rights

Felix the Cat is a bit of an oddball. Not just character-wise within the various incarnations of his television shows and movies, but also his iconic status. I feel like most people can recognize the character, even if they h...

Liz Rugg

8:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Flix for Short: Big Bang Dog

"Is it possible that it happened yesterday? He disappeared right before my eyes and everything remains just as different? Why do they multiply and divide? Only the dogs take this as a natural fact. Please don't go into the ...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 06.17.2014

Flix for Short: O Futebol Classico, a Mickey Mouse short

To celebrate the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil, Disney has crafted a new Mickey Mouse short entirely in Portuguese, O Futebol Classico. It's short, sweet, and funny. You don't even need to know Portuguese to like it!  JOSE CARIOCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.  

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 06.16.2014

First trailer for Dreamworks' Home, starring Rihanna and Jim Parsons

It looks like we'll all need an umbrella ella ella pretty soon as Rihanna is once again expanding her career into movies. In Dreamworks' next animated film, Rihanna stars as a little girl named Tip who finds a lost alien, Oh...

Nick Valdez



Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 photo
Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2
by Nick Valdez

Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon was refreshing. Setting new standards for book adaptations and animated films, Dragon somehow was everything you look for in an entertaining kid's movie. It had a tight hero's journey story (that was nuanced enough for adults and respected kids' intelligence), good looking visuals, a great voice cast, and it managed all of this while being cute as a button. 

Good thing its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, keeps the momentum going as it raises the bar for sequels going forward. With how prevalent inadequate sequels/prequels/reboots have been in Hollywood lately, I'd forgive you for fearing Dragon 2 would suffer the same fate. Luckily, we don't have to worry about that one bit. Cheap little throwaways are not going to cut it anymore. 

We've got a contender for Best Animated Film of 2014 right here folks. 

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10:00 AM on 06.12.2014

First full trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls is super cute

We've had a few short teasers for Laika's upcoming adaptation of the Alan Snow novel, Here Be Monsters, here and there but now we have a full trailer dishing out those all important story bits (a group of bad guys want ...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 06.11.2014

Flix for Short: Poulette's Chair, designed by Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai

Poulette's Chair, directed by Hiroyasu Ishida with character designs from Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arietty) is a short and sweet animated short about a little girl and her living magical chair. There's not much to say as the film itself is less than five minutes, but the kinetic movement is absolutely splendid. Give it a watch, yeah? [via io9]

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 06.11.2014

First trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar movie

  If you had told me in 2005 that Dreamworks was launching a massive franchise with its admittedly entertaining Madagascar I would have pointed you towards the door marked "Wrong." Clearly I should have been leadin...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 06.11.2014

Sony producing a live action/CG Sonic the Hedgehog movie

You know how Sega seems to think Sonic the Hedgehog is still cool? Branching into Nintendo games, that Sonic Boom cartoon, and now thanks to Sony, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a film adaptation. According to THR, Sony (who h...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 06.10.2014

Check out these squishy posters for Big Hero 6

If the totes adorbs first teaser for Disney/Marvel's upcoming Big Hero 6 didn't hammer home how cute it's going to be, these posters will definitely do the trick. I may be more of a sucker for cutesy things than most of you i...

Nick Valdez