DreamWorks Releases First KUNG FU PANDA 3 Trailer [72 Screenshots]

The first Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer released today, which included a character teased at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, Po’s father Li Shan, voiced by Bryan Cranston in the upcoming sequel. It’s been four years since we last saw our kung fu animal friends take on an evil peacock voiced by Gary Oldman; and it’s been an astonishing seven years since the original film debuted back in 2008. Is there still gas in the tank for this once beloved franchise?

Although there isn’t much in the way of story revealed within the Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer, Li’s first encounter with his son offers a great humorous beat that speaks to Po’s personality. Cranston, who has worked on Family Guy, Archer, and The Cleveland Show, was born to do voice work. His delivery and timing is executed brilliantly. J.K. Simmons has also joined the cast as the main antagonist, Kai, a bull with glowing green eyes.

The Kung Fu Panda series has always had such beautifully choreographed fight sequences, and the action at the beginning of the trailer leaves no doubts for this next installment. It will be interesting to see what kind of fighting style Kai will have.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 3 courtesy of DreamWorks Animation:

When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Despite what a handful of critics felt about the sequel, I’m still positive toward the series and have been looking forward to the third chapter of this story. Kung Fu Panda was part of my resurgence into animated feature films, and I’m hoping Kung Fu Panda 3 continues to keep the franchise strong.

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Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, Kung Fu Panda 3 stars the voices of Jack Black as Po, Bryan Cranston as Li Shan, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, Lucy Liu as Viper, David Cross as Crane, Rebel Wilson as Mei Mei, James Hong as Mr. Ping, and J.K. Simmons as Kai.

Source: DreamWorks


ZOOTOPIA Teaser Trailer Introduces Disney Fans to a New Animal Kingdom [44 Screenshots]

Introduced at D23 Expo 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios has now released its first Zootopia teaser trailer. Inviting audiences of all ages to explore the vast world of this new animal kingdom concocted by the House of Mouse, the concept bares similarities to Lisberger Studios’ 1980 film Animalympics. You know, that one movie where the animals were also anthropomorphic and competed against each other in their own Olympic games to show that although we are different, we can celebrate life and the importance of mutual respect.

And the Zootopia teaser trailer basically acknowledges the same direction. Proving that being different does not mean we must hate or fight one another, but it can bring us together to solve bigger problems. A message many of us could bear to comprehend more often.

The video is cute and playful, though it doesn’t provide any kind of story; just the conflict. Looking closely at each animal as they pass by, it’s funny to see a lion in a business suit or a rhino in full police gear or a sloth making its way to work – business must be slow for them.

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Disney released early concept art of the Zootopia metropolis back in March:

A closer look (click to enlarge):

Zootopia Concept Art City

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Zootopia, courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

And here’s the original plot synopsis that was provided during D23 Expo; it adds a little more context to the one above:

In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, Zootopia stars the voices of Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin. The film is set to release in theaters on March 4, 2016.

Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Teaser Trailer Asks “What If?” [25 Screenshots]

If you felt a little empty inside last year, that’s because Pixar did not have an animated release. It was a first for the animation studio – between The Incredibles and Cars – since 2005. Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, but to make up for what was suppose to release last year, Pixar has another film opening this Thanksgiving. The first teaser for The Good Dinosaur appeared today asking audiences “what if?”

For how long they’ve had to work on The Good Dinosaur, Pixar doesn’t really provide us with much of anything in terms of what it’s about. The “what if” scenario is fun to think about for a second, but there is really nothing here to judge whether or not they’ll execute a good story based on that premise. I get some of that classic Pixar humor peeking its head out with the asteroid flying over the Earth, and the character designs are fine.

Last year, John Lithgow stated they completely reimagined the story, so I’m looking forward to what the studio can bring with a full-length trailer. The director, Peter Sohn made his big debut with the Pixar short “Partly Cloudy.” He has since been a part of Pixar within their art, story, and animation departments. He has also voiced the characters of Emile from Ratatouille and Scott “Squishy” Squibbles from Monsters University.

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Here’s the plot synopsis for The Good Dinosaur courtesy of Pixar:

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

And here’s the teaser poster (click to enlarge):

Disney Pixar The Good Dinosaur Teaser Poster

Directed by Peter Sohn, The Good Dinosaur stars the voices of Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Francis McDormand, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer. This film is set to play in theaters on November 25, 2015.

Source: Pixar

Brad Bird Confirms Involvement with ‘The Incredibles 2’ for Pixar

Brad Bird Confirms Involvement with 'The Incredibles 2' for Pixar

Animated sequels are an interesting business. They’re more easy to make since all the character models have been created, but rarely do they come across as sincere and it’s much harder to appease expectations the second time around. If there is one animated sequel I would ever want to see made it’s The Incredibles 2, which was confirmed in development a year ago by Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger. Now the original writer/director Brad Bird has confirmed to be well into the screenplay. Learn more after the break. Continue reading

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and ‘The Legend of Korra’ Co-Creators Working on Separate Projects

'Avatar The Last Airbender' and 'The Legend of Korra' Co-Creators Working on Separate Projects

It has been recently discovered that the creative duo behind both the incredibly popular Nickelodeon television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have parted ways, creatively. The separation was confirmed at an art show, recently at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California. Learn more about this heartbreaking news after the jump.

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Disney Officially Announces ‘Frozen 2’ is in Development

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This weekend, audiences will return to Arendelle in the upcoming Frozen Fever short, which is being screened before the live-action Cinderella movie. For those who believes that a short film isn’t enough to contain the world of Frozen can sleep well tonight because Walt Disney has officially announced today that a feature-length sequel is in development. Find out more details after the break. Continue reading

Final Inside Out Trailer Explores the Mind of Riley [124 Screenshots]

With just a few months to go, Pixar has released their last Inside Out trailer, which finally gives us a hint at what the meat of the story will consist of. Releasing this June, the animation studio is going to take moviegoers on a wild ride of emotions, literally. From Imagination Land to Dream Productions Studios, this latest Inside Out trailer gives us a lay of the land within mind of Riley, the little girl whose emotions we will spend the majority of the time with.

The previous Inside Out trailer does an excellent job setting up the mechanics of how the five emotions work inside our heads; they consist of Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger, and Disgust. While the group takes turns managing Riley’s emotional state, from what this final trailer suggests, somehow Joy and Sadness get sucked out of their little base of operations and must find their way back. The world inside the mind of Riley that director Pete Doctor and company have created looks expansive, details of which I wouldn’t expect anything less from Pixar.

How will not having two core emotions at the helm play out for Riley? What affects will that have on her toward others and her parents? These are but a few questions that this trailer brings to my mind. What I really wonder about is whether or not Inside Out will touch on how present day parents deal with their kids’ emotions. Pixar movies tend to always hit home on big resonating themes that they could touch on certain disorders or imbalances that parents these days try to keep an eye out for as their kids develop as a person. With two emotions out of the picture, Riley might not be her usual charming self as we see in the dinner scene.

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Here is the official plot synopsis for Inside Out, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios:

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Directed by Pete Docter, Inside Out stars the voices of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lori Alan, Kaitlyn Dias, and Kyle MacLachlan.

Inside Out hits theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015.

Source: Disney•Pixar

New ‘Toy Story 4’ Plot Details Emerge

New 'Toy Story 4' Plot Details Emerge

Although it was surprising to see a fourth Toy Story film being announced, what may be more surprising is the plot details lined up for the latest installment. As great of a dynamic duo they are, Buzz and Woody may be taking the backseat to a different kind of Toy Story. Hit the jump for the latest on Toy Story 4. Continue reading