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‘Rugrats’ Trailer: Paramount+ Reboot Leans Hard Into CG Territory

Rugrats was a staple of the Nickelodeon lineup in the 1990s, and since we live in a world in which every piece of intellectual property is ripe for resurrection or reinterpretation, it’s now coming back in a reboot on the new Paramount+ streaming service. We knew the charming, 2D hand-drawn style from the original series would be gone, but the first official trailer has been released and you can see for yourselves just how plastic-y and cheap these characters look when rendered in three dimensi...
Tags: Television, Movies, Animation, Paramount, Nickelodeon, Stu, Marge Gunderson, Angelica, TV Trailer, Rugrats, Tommy Chuckie Phil Lil Susie, Tommy Dewey Casual, Omar Benson Miller, Kath Soucie Phil, Stu Pickles, Saul Nicole Byer


‘The Mitchells vs the Machines’ Animation Featurette Highlights the Film’s Groundbreaking Style

The Mitchells vs The Machines is now streaming on Netflix, and it’s fantastic. We’re talking “best of the year” material here, folks, so if you haven’t watched it yet, I encourage you to do so immediately. Not only is the film funny, sweet, and almost overwhelmingly clever, it also boasts a unique, often groundbreaking animation style that really makes it stand out against other animated films. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller produced the movie, and like their previous Spider-Man: Into the Spi...
Tags: Movies, Netflix, Animation, Phil Lord, Pixar, Machines, Wilson, Video Clips, Katie, Mitchells, Christopher Miller, Behind the Scenes Footage, Toby Wilson, The Mitchells Vs. The Machines, Katie Mitchell Mitchells, Michael Lasker


More Nintendo Animated Movies on the Way Following Illumination’s ‘Super Mario’

Nintendo has a big animated film on the way: a Super Mario movie coming from the Minion-makers at Illumination. And now it looks like that’s going to be just the beginning. While the details remain vague, there’s plenty of talk within the company about developing other feature animated films to follow Mario. Nintendo has been notoriously stand-offish about adapting its titles into films ever since the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie tanked at the box office. But it looks like that’s changin...
Tags: Movies, Animation, Nintendo, Mario, Fast Company, Super Mario, Video Game, Mario Bros, Furukawa, Mario Nintendo, Shuntaro Furukawa, Fast Company Nintendo, Nintendo Animated Movies


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Kicks Off With a Super-Sized Glimpse at the Aftermath of Order 66

This review contains spoilers for the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. “We’re more deviant than defective,” remarks one of the members of the five-soldier clone squad known as the Bad Batch. Their differences have rendered them outcasts, but it has also afforded them experiences not granted to the “reg” clone soldiers. After their debut in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Bad Batch, clones with mutated and enhanced “defects” that deem them battlefield-worthy against ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Republic, Lucasfilm, Omega, Hunter, Padawan, Jedi, Ang, Obi Wan Kenobi, Caleb, DEPA, Star-Wars


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Breakdown: The Details and History That Enrich “Aftermath”

This post contains spoilers for the first episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The Clone Wars aren’t actually over when Star Wars: The Bad Batch begins. That’s why the logo from Star Wars: The Clone Wars burns off into the logo for The Bad Batch at the start of this series –  it signals that we’re in for something different and worrisome. And given the ‘80s action aesthetic of the series, it’s no surprise. The state of the galaxy as The Bad Batch begins is one that is about to take its first st...
Tags: Television, Movies, Features, Animation, Lucasfilm, Clone Wars, Forest Whitaker, Grey, Ben Solo, Hunter, Palpatine, Imperial, Willard, Mace Windu, Dume, Jedi Council


Vivo starring Lin-Manuel Miranda | Official Teaser | Netflix

Netflix has just released the first teaser for Vivo, an animated musical starring Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, with animation done by Sony Imageworks for Sony Pictures Animation. Check it out below – I jumped right onto this film after finishing The Mitchells Vs The Machines last June, and it’s actually the first film project that I was able to complete while working from home, with production wrapping in March earlier this year. I also had the great opportunity to be the key-ligh...
Tags: Film, Netflix, Filmmaking, Animation, Anime, Cuba, Cg, Sony Pictures Animation, Hamilton, Vivo, Lin Manuel Miranda, Mitchells, Masaaki Yuasa, Animated Film, Netlfix, Sony Imageworks


Nintendo Exploring Animation Beyond Super Mario Movie

Fans of Nintendo’s long-standing franchises may be happy to know that Nintendo might perhaps explore animated movies beyond the currently in-production Mario one, though, this might be impacted greatly depending on the performance of the Mario film. Nintendo and Illumination have been diligently developing a Mario animated film and it is planned to release sometime […]
Tags: Business, Games, Movies, Interviews, Animation, Nintendo, Mario, Anime, Adaptations


‘League of Legends’ Animated Series ‘Arcane’ Coming to Netflix This Fall, Watch the Teaser Trailer

The extremely popular multiplayer online battle arena video game League of Legends is unleashing a new animated series for Netflix called Arcane, and the first teaser for the series just arrived. The series comes from League of Legends creators Riot Games, and is set within the world of the game. Arcane follows “the origins of two iconic League champions-and the power that will tear them apart.” You can watch the fast-paced Arcane teaser trailer below. Arcane Teaser League of Legends ha...
Tags: Television, Movies, Netflix, Animation, League Of Legends, Ama, League, TV Trailer, Zaun, Dominique Bazay, Arcane, Piltover, Netflix This Fall Watch the Teaser Trailer, Arcane Teaser League of Legends, Shauna Spenley Global, League of Legends Netflix


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Actor Dee Bradley Baker on Order 66 and What It’s Like to Voice Every Lead Character on a Show [Interview]

Actor Dee Bradley Baker has been the voice of the entire Clone Army in the Star Wars universe for a long time. He’s been all of your favorites: Captain Rex, Commander Cody, Echo, Hevy, Fives, 99, and more. He’s also been all of your least-favorite clones. But he was always there, filling out a galaxy that saw the spotlight being shared by numerous lead characters. Occasionally on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he would be the center of the episode. “Rookies.” “Arc Troopers.” The Umbara Arc. But now...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Animation, Rex, Lucasfilm, Baker, Hunter, Star-Wars, Dee Bradley Baker, Ahsoka, Wrecker, Featured Stories Sidebar, Clone Army


‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ Producers on New Characters, Familiar Planets, and Setting a Show During the Rise of the Empire [Interview]

With the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars last year, many fans thought we’d reached the end of storytelling for the clone characters and everyone else we met in that series. With the announcement of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, that idea got turned on its head. The show, premiering tomorrow, takes place as a direct sequel to the The Clone Wars and follows a group of elite clones as they watch the galaxy in its transition from Republic to its first Galactic Empire. Although Star Wars animation maes...
Tags: Star-Wars, Television, Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Dave, Animation, Republic, Lucasfilm, Indiana Jones, George Lucas, Omega, Hunter, Jen, Bryan


‘The Simpsons’ Gets the ‘Star Wars’ Treatment in a New Animated Short Coming to Disney+

Star Was Day is nearly upon us, and to celebrate, Disney+ will be getting a little help from The Simpsons. Along with the premiere of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars spin-off Star Wars: The Bad Batch, subscribers to Disney+ will also be treated to a new Star Wars-themed animated short starring the Simpsons’ adorable toddler. Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens From Its Nap finds the baby on an epic quest to track down her stolen pacifier, and you can check out the poster for the short below. T...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Animation, Death Star, Lucasfilm, Maggie, Springfield, Maggie Simpson, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, House of Mouse, The-Simpsons, Hoth Tatooine, Sorgan


VOTD: ‘Rick and Morty in the Eternal Nightmare Machine’ Gives the Duo a 16-Bit Animated Adventure

Along with a new trailer for the fifth season of Rick and Morty, Adult Swim has released a new short inspired by classic 16-bit side-scrolling video games. Created by animator Paul Robertson, the animated Rick and Morty in the Eternal Nightmare Machine takes the titular duo on a video game adventure where a corrupt simulation results in a remix of some familiar characters, places, and moments from the first four seasons of Rick and Morty. Check it out below. Rick and Morty in the Eternal Nig...
Tags: Comedy, Adult Swim, Television, Movies, Animation, Lol, Morty, Rick, Rick Morty, Rick And Morty, Scott Pilgrim, Paul Robertson, Video Of The Day, Morty Check, Morty Adult Swim, Kaichi Sato


‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Trailer: The Whole Family Gets in on the Wild Sci-Fi Action

Rick and Morty is returning for a fifth season on Adult Swim this summer, and a new trailer shows off all the sci-fi adventures that we’ll be going on this time. Though the series has long focused on the titular grandfather and grandson, it looks like there will be a good amount of storylines this season that take the whole family through the galaxy. See for yourself in the new Rick and Morty season 5 trailer below. Rick and Morty Season 5 Trailer In the first trailer released not too lo...
Tags: Comedy, Adult Swim, Television, Movies, Earth, Animation, Morty, Rick, Jerry, Beth, Rick And Morty, TV Trailer, Rick Morty Summer Beth


Watch: 'Allergy to Originality' Animated Short Doc by Drew Christie

"Has Hollywood developed an allergy to originality?" A good question! This was made in 2012, and it first premiered in 2014, but it's still as relevant as ever nine years later. Allergy to Originality is an amusing animated short film about a conversation between two people at a movie theater. It's about originality, or really, it's a defense of the lack of originality insomuch as referencing the truth that pretty much every idea or thought is a derivation of something else / someone else's ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Animation, Short Film, Madagascar, To Watch, Drew Christie, Ian Picco, Spencer Thun


Watch: 'Allergy to Originality' Animated Short Film by Drew Christie

"Has Hollywood developed an allergy to originality?" A good question! This was made in 2012, and it first premiered in 2014, but it's still as relevant as ever nine years later. Allergy to Originality is an amusing animated short film about a conversation between two people at a movie theater. It's about originality, or really, it's a defense of the lack of originality insomuch as referencing the truth that pretty much every idea or thought is a derivation of something else / someone else's ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Animation, Short Film, Madagascar, To Watch, Drew Christie, Ian Picco, Spencer Thun


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Inside Pixar’ is a Bite-Sized Deep Dive Into the Animation Studio

Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Inside Pixar Where You Can Stream It: Disney+ The Pitch: Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, Inside Pixar offers insights into the personal and cinematic stories focused on the people, artistry, and culture of the company. You’ll meet everyone from the filmmakers and animators who bring movie magic to the big screen to...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Documentary, Disney, Animation, Pixar, Kemp, Pixar Animation, Cristela Alonzo, Disney/Pixar, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream, Inside Pixar, Deanna Marsigliese, Jessica Heidt, Pixar Animation Studios Inside Pixar


‘Castlevania’ Season 4 Trailer: The Final Season Attempts to Bring Dracula Back From the Dead

The final season of Castlevania will attempt to resurrect Dracula, and everyone on the show agrees that’s probably a bad idea. Dracula is bad news, folks, and if you bring him back from the dead he’s going to want to hang out at your place and drink all your blood. It’s not cool. The animated Castlevania series based on the video game franchise has unleashed a bloody, monster-filled trailer to get fans hyped for the fourth and final season, which premieres next month. So put on your huge cape a...
Tags: Television, Movies, Netflix, Animation, Belmont, Dracula, Wallachia, Warren Ellis, TV Trailer, Lance Reddick, DRAC, Castlevania, Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, Sypha


Amazon Renews Animated Superhero Series ‘Invincible’ For Two More Seasons

Amazon Studios has officially renewed Invincible for two more seasons. The animated series, which is based on the comic book from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, is Amazon’s second big superhero series that’s aimed squarely at adults. The live-action adaptation of The Boys has become a phenomenon for Amazon Prime Video, and the streaming service is clearly hoping the same thing happens with Invincible season 2 and season 3. The first season of Invincible is about to come to an end wi...
Tags: Amazon, Television, Movies, Animation, Adaptation, Seth Rogen, Mark Hamill, Simmons, Amazon Studios, J K Simmons, Robert Kirkman, Kirkman, Steven Yeun, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Cory Walker


First Netflix Teaser for 'Wish Dragon' Animated Movie with John Cho

"How long have you been in that teapot?" Netflix has debuted a new teaser trailer for the animated movie Wish Dragon, a Sony Animation production that is being released by Netflix in a few countries coming up this summer. This Chinese co-production already opened in China earlier this year. Based on a story by children's book illustrator Chris Applehans (who also wrote / directed), this is a "genie-in-a-bottle retelling set in contemporary China" that "picks up the moral challenges that emer...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, China, Netflix, Animation, Shanghai, Jackie Chan, John Cho, To Watch, Ian Chen, Sony Animation, Jimmy Wong, Chris Applehans


Pixar Staff Frustrated By Decisions to Send ‘Soul’ and ‘Luca’ Directly to Disney+

Luca is the second Pixar film in less than a year to debut exclusively on Disney+. When Soul sidestepped movie theaters to debut exclusively on Disney+ in December, many Pixar employees believed it was a one-time decision brought on by coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which shuttered theaters throughout 2020. But as the vaccine rollout has steadily expanded and theaters have begun to open back up, Pixar staffers are voicing their frustrations with Disney’s decision to apparently send only Pixar...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Disney, Animation, Iger, Pixar, Luca, Encanto, Pete Docter, Bob Iger, Raya, Disney/Pixar, Netflix/Streaming Video, Business and Industry News, Disney Luca, Disney Several Pixar


A Future ‘Star Wars’ Animated Project Will Bring Back Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker

Star Wars: The Clone Wars may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the animated version of Anakin Skywalker, even if he’s already transformed into Darth Vader. Matt Lanter, who voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi apprentice turned Sith Lord throughout the Star Wars animated series, has just teased a surprising return as Anakin Skywalker in some kind of upcoming Lucasfilm Animation project that’s currently in the works. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Matt Lanter dropped the bomb...
Tags: Hayden Christensen, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Animation, Darth Vader, Lucasfilm, Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Anakin, Obi Wan Kenobi, Matt-Lanter, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Lanter


The Sea Monster to Human Transformation in ‘Luca’ is Partially Based on Mystique in the ‘X-Men’ Movies

In The Little Mermaid, Ariel is able to transform into a human through a deal with a sea witch, in which she gives up her voice for legs. But in Pixar’s Luca, though it’s been compared to a riff on the Disney animated classic, there’s no such deal with the devil. The sea monsters of the upcoming Pixar coming-of-age film simply get out of the water and dry off, and they’re human. It’s a discovery that the titular protagonist of Luca (Jacob Tremblay) discovers, leading him on an adventure with hi...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Gigi, Pixar, Miyazaki, Kiki, Albright, Luca, Enrico, Disney/Pixar, Featured Stories Sidebar, Little Mermaid Ariel, Luca Jacob Tremblay, Beth Albright


With ‘Luca,’ Pixar is Moving Away From Realism and Toward “the Hand of the Artist”

The team behind Luca were facing a unique challenge: water. It wasn’t a matter of making the water in the upcoming Pixar film look realistic and detailed — Pixar animators could probably create photorealistic water in their sleep. It was a matter of making it less realistic. It’s a strange problem for Pixar to have, right? The animation studio had perfected 3D animation to such a degree that their films have started to look almost too realistic. But it’s a problem Luca director Enrico Casarosa ...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Animation, Disney/Pixar, Features, Andrea Warren, Daniela Stijleva, Enrico Casarosa, Jon Reisch, Luca


How Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Took Inspiration From Studio Ghibli and Aardman to Create a “Handcrafted Feel” [Interview]

Luca is probably the closest Pixar will get to making a Studio Ghibli film. That’s probably not a huge swing to make — the creatives at Pixar have long been fans of the works of Hayao Miyazaki and the anime studio that he co-founded, frequently citing films like Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away as influences for their own award-winning films. But there’s a certain feeling with Ghibli films that is hard to express. A nostalgia, a serenity of spirit, a bittersweet simplicity that has bee...
Tags: Movies, Interviews, Disney, Features, Animation, Conan, Pixar, Isao Takahata, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Aardman, Aardman Animations, Kiki, Luca, Enrico


‘Luca’ Trailer: A Sea Monster Finds His Land Legs in Pixar’s Coming-of-Age Movie

Pixar looks like it has another charmer on its hands with Luca, a coming-of-age fantasy set in the Italian Riviera. The feature directorial debut of Enrico Casarosa, who worked on previous Pixar films such as Up and Coco and directed the lovely Pixar short La Luna, Luca is loosely based on Casarosa’s own childhood growing up alongside the sunny Italian Riviera. Sans sea monsters, of course. Watch the new official Luca trailer below. Luca Trailer Jacob Tremblay leads the cast as the titu...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Animation, Movie Trailers, Pixar, Mike Jones, Hayao Miyazaki, Vespa, Jim Gaffigan, Luca, Disney/Pixar, Enrico Casarosa, Jack Dylan Grazer, Casarosa, Italian Riviera Disney, Luca Paguro


Full Trailer for Pixar's 'Luca' Movie Set in Italy About Sea Monsters

"Everything good is above the surface: walking, air, the sky, the clouds, the sun!" Disney has debuted the full trailer for Pixar's next original movie titled Luca, the feature directorial debut of Italian storyboard artist Enrico Casarosa (who directed the Pixar short La Luna as well). Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the film is about two friends and an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But both boys are actually sea monsters. ...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Disney, Animation, Italy, Pixar, Miyazaki, Jacob Tremblay, Luca, Fellini, Italian Riviera, To Watch, La Luna, Enrico Casarosa, Casarosa, Luca Movie Set


’22 vs. Earth’ Clip: Tina Fey’s ‘Soul’ Character Recruits an Unstoppable Gang for Disney+ Short Film

This past weekend, Pixar took home another Best Animated Feature award at the Oscars for Soul, the studio’s surprisingly unconventional movie about the forces and inspirations that fuel our passions. Tina Fey voiced a character character named 22, an irascible soul who has spent millennia living on a vast plane of existence known as The Great Before, and now she takes center stage in 22 vs. Earth, a short film prequel that’s heading to Disney+ this week. Check out a new clip from the short belo...
Tags: Television, Movies, Disney, Earth, Soul, Animation, Tina Fey, Pixar, Joe, Nolting, Short Films, Disney/Pixar, Kevin Nolting, 22 vs. Earth, Disney Short Film


Fox Animated ‘Flintstones’ Spin-Off ‘Bedrock’ Will Star Elizabeth Banks

The world wants, no, demands more Flintstones content, and Elizabeth Banks is going to make it happen. Banks will executive produce and star in Bedrock, an animated Flintstones spin-off series that follows an adult Pebbles Flintstone, voiced by Banks. The project was actually first announced back in 2019 and now it’s ended up at Fox. This isn’t Fox’s first attempt to revive The Flintstones, either – they once ordered a Flintstones reboot from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, but ended up pas...
Tags: Television, Movies, Banks, Fox, Animation, Elizabeth-Banks, Seth Macfarlane, Fred, Springfield, Lindsay, Flintstone, Ocean Avenue, Max Handelman, Macfarlane, Bamm Bamm, Bedrock


‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Trailer Announces July Release Date on Netflix

The Tales of Arcadia saga is coming to an end. Guillermo del Toro‘s pet project under DreamWorks and Netflix has spanned three series and 5 years, winning several Emmy and Annie Awards as well as critical acclaim. And now it’s all culminating in Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, an animated feature film set to end the saga. Watch the Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans trailer below, which has set its official release date on Netflix. Trollhunters Rise of the Titans Teaser Trollhunters: Ri...
Tags: Movies, Netflix, Animation, Dreamworks, Camelot, Movie Trailers, Arcadia, Wizards, Toro, Jim, Titans, Action/Adventure, Annie Awards, Trollhunters, Tales Of Arcadia, Douxie


‘Vivo’ Trailer: Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Singing Kinkajou in Sony Animated Musical Coming to Netflix

In the Heights isn’t the only Lin-Manuel Miranda movie to look forward to this summer. The Hamilton star is set to voice a singing monkey (or a singing kinkajou, to be specific) in the Sony Animation musical movie Vivo. The teaser trailer for Vivo has just been released, following the film’s move over to Netflix, which will debut the musical sometime this summer. Vivo Trailer 2021 is truly the year of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not only does the long-awaited In the Heights, based on Miranda’s ...
Tags: Florida, Movies, China, Netflix, Animation, Sony, Miami, Movie Trailers, Sony Pictures, Musical, Miranda, Havana, Hamilton, Vivo, Everglades, Lin Manuel Miranda



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