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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



First official trailer for Sony's Ratchet and Clank movie photo
First official trailer for Sony's Ratchet and Clank movie
by Nick Valdez

The internet may have ruined the word "ratchet" for me forever, but I still adore the Ratchet and Clank videogames. I just can't believe something like this exists. Much like Sony's Sly Cooper film, Ratchet and Clank is heading to theaters with direct oversight from its original creator, Insomniac. Which means we've got a movie that looks just like the videogame counterpart (but much, much better), and the same voice cast, but it all seems like something that's meant for home video rather than theaters. 

Maybe I'm just so shocked, a theater release seems unlikely. But it outright claims "in theaters 2015," so I'm at a loss here. At least it looks very, very pretty and it'll be a fun time for sure. Ratchet and Clank wrenches into theaters some time next year. 

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5:00 PM on 06.07.2014

New trailer for animated film Song of the Sea is beautiful

Song of the Sea is the latest film from the Irish animation collective that brought the world the 2009 Academy Award nominated animated film The Secret of Kells, and maaaan it looks just as gorgeous. Song of the Sea follows ...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Woman divorcing her husband over Frozen

If Elsa's journey in Frozen has taught anyone anything, it's to "let go" of the bad things. In Japan, a woman has done just that. A man says his wife has moved in with her parents and refuses to talk to him because he doesn't...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 05.30.2014

First official trailer for the Del Toro produced animated film, The Book of Life

The Book of Life is definitely on my list of films to keep an eye out for. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (who created one of my favorite past Nickelodeon cartoons, El Tigre, which Book of ...

Nick Valdez



First teaser trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6 photo
First teaser trailer for Disney/Marvel's Big Hero 6
by Nick Valdez

After the first images released for Disney Animation's first take on a Marvel comic, Big Hero 6, I've been looking forward to the first teaser. Thankfully, I'm picking up what it's putting down. Although we don't get much story, we do get a big hint of the overall theme. In the teaser, Hiro is trying to turn his cuddly and mushy robot friend Baymax into a hardened battle machine. 

I'm sure that's going to play a bigger role in the film later on as his town of San Franstokyo is in trouble (even if it looks a bit too kid friendly). And after Frozen, I'm entirely confident this is going to be great. Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 7th. 

[via Yahoo]

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10:00 AM on 05.20.2014

First good look at Marvel/Disney's Big Hero 6

Here we have our first look at how Disney and Marvel will be interpreting Big Hero 6 for the big screen and it looks kind of cute. Obviously they're gearing the team more towards kids than the other Marvel properties as ...

Matthew Razak

8:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Flix for Short: Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb is a wonderful animated short by animator Alex Grigg about a couple's struggles physically and psychologically after a motorcycle accident. The animation and design of the characters and settings is simple but s...

Liz Rugg



How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot photo
How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot
by Nick Valdez

The Power Rangers series is an odd one. It started out as one of Saban Entertainment's many attempts to re-dub a Japanese kids show for American audiences and turned into a juggernaut spanning 21 seasons, comics, videogames, and most importantly, three movies. Something about these rainbow spandex warriors connected with kids far more than Big Bad Beetleborgs, Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog, or VR Troopers ever did. 

With Lionsgate's (distributor of many big and current teen franchises like Divergent, The Hunger Games, Twilight) and Saban's recent announcement of a brand new Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers film, I revisited the show to try and figure how a new movie would work. Here's how to do it juuuuuust right. 

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5:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Flix for Short: Birder Dash

Birder Dash is the first animated short from Russian illustrator and artist Max Litvinov. It's a pretty cool little short, the animation style is full of repetitive yet somehow fresh movement - it feels more like a comic bro...

Liz Rugg

2:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Flix for Short: Johnny Express

The year is 2150. Johnny is a great delivery man. He is however, incredibly lazy. All Johnny wants is to sleep in his automated space delivery ship. All he has to do is deliver the packages he's sent. However, his deliveries...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 05.08.2014

New Flintstones film in the works

It appears that the Flintstones films are about to get a reboot. Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, this new Flintstones reboot will, given the duo's past history, feature inappropriate jokes, awkward situations, and ei...

Jonathan Wray

9:00 AM on 05.05.2014

Flix for Short: Steadfast Stanley, a tale of a Corgi in the zombie apocalypse

Steadfast Stanley, a short film created by third year CalArts student John Cody Kim, is the story of a Corgi pup trying to find his lost boy in the zombie apocalypse. It's the most heartbreaking, yet heartwarming thing I've ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Teaser poster and images for next Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There

While I'm not the most well versed Studio Ghibli fan at Flixist, even someone with little knowledge like myself can't deny how beautiful their films are. Based on the book by Joan G. Robinson, and handled by The Secret World ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 04.21.2014

First trailer for Batman: Assault on Arkham looks boring

Taking place within the same world as the Arkham series of Batman videogames (rather than the New 52 the DC animated films are in now) is Batman: Assault on Arkham. As the straight to home video DC films are hit and miss (fo...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Flix for Short: Darwyn Cooke's Batman Beyond

Boy did I love Batman Beyond. It was a sequel to the Batman: The Animated Series (technically Justice League Unlimited and Static Shock also), starred my main man from Boy Meets World (and Kim Possible) Will Friedle, bu...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Second How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer spoils dragons

Much like the first full trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2, this second trailer continues to spoil a lot of the movie. But rather than spoil the entirety of the film's plot, we only get a bit of it. It's a shame because...

Nick Valdez