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12:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Flixgiving: Five Movies Megan is Thankful for

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Normally, during this holiday I'm at my parents' house and I get to eat all sorts of delicious things my mom makes (although I hated all of it when I was little and kept insisting when I was grown up I'd...

Megan Porch


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4:00 PM on 11.25.2014

First trailer for animated Lucasfilm, Strange Magic

Now here's something that came out of absolutely nowhere. This must've been buried under all of that Star Wars after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, but apparently, Strange Magic is an animated film inspired by a story from Georg...

Nick Valdez



Flixgiving: Five Movies Liz Is Thankful For photo
Flixgiving: Five Movies Liz Is Thankful For
by Liz Rugg

It's Flixgiving! The Flixist staff has gathered together around the cool glow of the TV to share movies that we're thankful for; ones that have impacted our lives, ones that we feel are important, and ones that we just love.

The movies I'm thankful for range everywhere from kid's classics to resonant conceptualization to the king of campiness. I'm sure these eclectic choices say something about me and my personality ... oh yeah, it says that I'm awesome. Read on to find out more about what movies I'm thankful for this Flixgiving.

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3:00 PM on 11.18.2014

UPDATE: First character clip and posters for Inside Out

UPDATE: The posters for Joy, Anger, Disgust, and Fear have been added to the gallery. I don't know whose idea it was to cast Lewis Black as Anger, but give them a medal. Original story below!  Pixar's Inside Out is...

Matthew Razak



First full trailer for The Peanuts Movie is full of Christmas cheer photo
First full trailer for The Peanuts Movie is full of Christmas cheer
by Matthew Razak

After our first tease of the new look for the Peanuts in The Peanuts Movie it was hard not to get pretty excited and now that we have a full blown trailer landing (reportedly leaked by Snoopy) it is even harder. This could be a silent film and I'd watch it simply to see such a creative animation style on the screen. 

Basically this trailer is silent since it focuses on Snoopy and Woodstock as they both celebrate Christmas with the iconic Peanuts music playing. Then it's off to a Red Baron chase and more stunning animation. Of course this all means no plot is given, but considering it will be released on November 6, 2015 it may have some holiday stuff going on. My only concern is that it still feels like a Peanuts holiday special and not like an updated take on them. 

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Review: Big Hero 6 photo
Review: Big Hero 6
by Matthew Razak

When Disney scooped up Marvel they picked up a ton of comic book history and properties. You had to guess they wouldn't use them all in the same way (i.e. massive blockbusters), and Big Hero 6 is the first Marvel film to break out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact Big Hero 6, a Disney Animation production, doesn't even have the Marvel logo before it. This is not a Marvel film, it is a Disney one.

For that we can be quite thankful. Disney has finally gotten its footing in the animated world once again and following Frozen expectations couldn't be higher for the studio's next animated film. While I seriously doubt that Big Hero 6 will inspire the crazed fervor that Frozen did, Disney's recaptured magic his still here, elevating a kid's superhero movie to something more. 

Also, Baymax.

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Toy Story 4 is confirmed, gets 2017 release date photo
Toy Story 4 is confirmed, gets 2017 release date
by Nick Valdez

With the Toy Story series remaining a big marketing juggernaut long after the trilogy officially ended in 2010, it was almost inevitable that we'd get another film (especially seeing as how we're getting more and more TV specials featuring Bonnie's toy gang). And before you cry out that it's some sort of cash in, I think they're finally doing this because they've got a good idea. 

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Toy Story 4 will release June 16. 2017 with John Lasseter returning to direct, and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack co-writing the script. Also, most are expecting Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to return, but that has yet to be confirmed. Here's what Lasseter (with big wigs Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich all contributing to the story) had to say about the sequel: 

We love these characters so much; they are like family to us...We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee, and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.

Matt and I talked about this in length when news of Toy Story 4 first leaked, and I still believe there are more good Toy Stories as long as someone is willing to make them. Sure Toy Story 3 had a definitive end, but I'd rather think of that as an end to that particular arc. There's always room for more playtime. 

[via D23

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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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