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12:00 PM on 11.06.2014

Final Penguins of Madagascar trailer is more funny business

This final trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar shows off a bit of the footage Matt checked out during New York Comic Con. He said it was surprisingly entertaining and I can't blame him. I found myself laughing quite a bit...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 11.05.2014

20 animated films submitted for Oscar consideration

The Oscars are coming and that means we'll need to start talking about nominees, but before that we have to discuss the submitted films to be nominated. At least for animated films we need to. There have been 20 submitted, 8 ...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 11.04.2014

Trailer for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water

I'm not ashamed by how much I laughed at this trailer. Sure the new Spongebob film, Sponge Out of Water, will appeal mostly to kids with its bright colors and hyperactive characters, but Spongebob's stuck around for a reason...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.04.2014

First trailer for Despicable Me spin-off Minions

You know those cute minions in the Despicable Me movies that are funny for maybe a few minutes? Those guys are getting their own movie. The film follows three Minions (Kevin, Stuart, and Bob) on their search for a master in ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.28.2014

Flix for Short(s): Judge Dredd: Superfiend

It's been teased for a few days now, but we're finally getting another taste of Adi Shankar produced Dredd with the (techincally unofficial) Judge Dredd: Superfiend animated miniseries. Although this isn't the sequel we...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.22.2014

First trailer for Madea's Tough Love

Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry in Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.  (Madea's Tough Love releases on VOD January 20th next year.)

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Disney's Moana gets synopsis and new release date

When we'd last heard about Disney's next animated (possibly princess) film, Moana, it was working in the same style as their gorgeous Paperman short and was debuting in 2018. Looks like production has sped up over the la...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Book of Life photo
Review: The Book of Life
by Nick Valdez

Although advertisements for The Book of Life really didn't kick in until a few months before its release, I've been eagerly anticipating the film for a bevy of reasons. It's produced by Guillermo Del Toro (thus giving it a pedigree), it's directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite Nickelodeon cartoons, El Tigre), and it's one of the few mainstream accepted films celebrating Mexican culture. In fact, I'm having a hard time picturing a Latino animated film in recent years (The Road to El Dorado is the only one I can think of, really). 

So with all of that on the line, how does The Book of Life handle the pressure? It's got to deliver an entertaining children's film, it's got to educate folks on the Mesoamerican holiday Dia de Muertos, and it has to do all of this while making sure it has a competent story of its own. Thankfully, The Book of Life maintains some of its balance during this trapeze act of remarkable proportions.  

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11:17 AM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: Dreamworks panel featuring Home and Penguins

The last true movie related panel of NYCC is now over. The movie stuff wrapped up with Dreamworks Animation presenting a panel for both Home and Penguins of Madagascar for our viewing pleasure. The panel consis...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.10.2014

NYCC: New trailer and toys for Big Hero 6

Disney opened up New York Comic Con with a bang. First they showed off the first trailer for Tomorrowland and then they finally released a trailer for Big Hero 6 that wasn't just a bunch of cute stuff from Baymax. ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 10.10.2014

Flix for Short: The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy was my favorite short from this past year's Oscar nominated animated short films - and I'm excited to say everybody can finally watch it online! Narrated by George Takei, The Missing Scarf fol...

Liz Rugg





10:00 AM on 10.09.2014

Flix for Short: There's a Man in the Woods

A short, spooky animation by CalArts student Jacob Streilein about a school teacher, a nasty little boy, and the power of rumors. It's a fantastic way to spend your coffee break. [via Vimeo]

Sean Walsh



First teaser trailer for Pixar's Inside Out  photo
First teaser trailer for Pixar's Inside Out
by Jonathan Wray

In a rather unexpected move, Pixar released their first teaser for the upcoming film Inside Out, scheduled to tug on our heartstrings next summer.

The teaser trailer mentally prepares you for what you're about to see by quickly spanning through the emotions you felt while watching previous Pixar movies, such as Up (I'm still crying), Cars, Wall-E, Monsters, Inc., Brave, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and even Ratatouille. The trailer then poses the question: Have you ever wondered where those emotions live?

That's the premise for Inside Out, a film that deals with Riley and all of her emotions - Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), and Joy (Amy Poehler). It's Joy's job to keep the other four emotions in check. In true Pixar fashion, something's bound to go wrong, but it all wraps up with a happy ending, then we praise it for the next five to seven years.

In all seriousness, there's nothing that I look forward to more than an upcoming Pixar film, and this one's no exception. The emotions are extremely colorful, and given that the film will have a 3D release, Pixar is sure to once again set the visual standard for animated films and 3D effects. With Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) directing, my hype level is pretty high.

Inside Out opens nationwide June 19th, 2015.

[via Collider]

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3:00 PM on 10.01.2014

Angry Birds cast announced

You weren't excited for it, but some folks out there were. The folks behind the Angry Birds movie set up a challenge to reveal the cast once 1 billion birds were slung in the game. That happened, and now you too can read...

Matthew Razak



Review: The Boxtrolls photo
Review: The Boxtrolls
by Nick Valdez

Laika is that rare production company where you absolutely have to pay attention to whatever they put out next. As one of the last few studios that specializes in stop motion animation, their films have garnered a lot of well deserved praise. With such a demanding production, their output is limited to one film every few years, the pressure is on to make every film count. 

The company's last film, ParaNorman, went on to become my favorite animated film of 2012 so I jumped into The Boxtrolls hoping to see some amazing work once again. Thankfully, The Boxtrolls is another hit for Laika...but unfortunately isn't a hit out of the park. 

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5:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Flix for Short: Space Cat Hob

In Space Cat Hob, we meet Hob, an anthropomorphic cat with a fancy space suit who has crash landed on a dangerous planet. Despite just wanting to do the right thing, Hob finds himself in trouble after trouble as he navigates...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Newest trailer for Big Hero 6 continues to be adorable

With how each Big Hero 6 trailer focuses on how adorable the main fluffy robot Baymax is, I'm a little worried about the overall film. I'm hoping for a Frozen-esque switcheroo that's mainly to get kid butts in those sea...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Flix for Short: The Planets

The Planets, by Andy Martin, is a wonderful short film "told in twelve parts." The short features 12 mini-stories, each on its own planet and each with its own brilliantly unique animation style. Towards the end the larger s...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye

If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.11.2014

The Wire's Idris Elba and Dominic West reunite, courtesy of...Finding Dory?

Everybody loves crime drama The Wire. Everybody also loves Pixar. Clearly somebody caught onto this, as The Wire vets Idris Elba and Dominic West have joined the voice cast of Finding Dory! Talking to ShortList, Dominic ...

Sean Walsh

11:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Funko releasing Fantastic Mr. Fox toys

Fantastic Mr. Fox has quite the cult following behind it (as do all Wes Anderson movies) so it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Funko, the toy makers who make cult following toys, is releasing some new toys for...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Early test footage for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is very, very different

Before Disney's (through its Touchstone Pictures studio) Who Framed Roger Rabbit? lit up screens with the only time you'll find Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Bob Hoskins share the same screen in 1988, Disney tried to ad...

Nick Valdez