Also, this movie looks visually stunning
We’ve been hearing about Disney’s newest animated feature Moana since all the way back in December of 2013. And now not only do we get some brand new artwork surrournding the sure to be awesome movie, we also get to meet 14-year-old Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu, the lucky girl who gets to put her own spin on the newest Disney princess. “From baby time to now, I wanted to be a Disney princess,” Auli’i told People Magazine, “and then I wanted to be a singer or an actress.” She caught the eye of an Oahu casting agent after singing in a charity competition and before she knew it she was off to Los Angeles and cast opposite Dwayne Johnson. So now she gets to be a princess, who acts and sings! More »
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For 26 years, the writers of The Simpsons have had a bit of fun hinting at the sexuality of one of the show’s beloved animated characters and today we learn that said character will finally come out and admit his homosexuality on the show. Waylon Smithers, one of the original characters on The Simpsons, has long served as the dutiful assistant/right hand man of the delightfully evil businessman Montgomery Burns and those of you who have watched the show should be well aware of Smithers‘s not-so-secret crush on his boss. In an upcoming episode of the new season of The Simpsons, Smithers will finally come out as gay over 2 episodes. Read on for all the deets. More »
Disney de la Muertos
For some time now, we’ve been hearing about Pixar‘s plans for an animated film that will themed around the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead … but after Dreamworks released their excellent animated Day of the Dead movie The Book of Life, we didn’t hear much about the Pixar project … until now. Pixar announced yesterday, on Day 1 of the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, that they will be releasing their Day of the Dead-themed animated film Coco in 2017. Click below to see some early concept art for Coco and learn the latest info about this forthcoming Pixar animated film. More »
'A Wild Hare' is Born
Bugs Bunny, the cartoon rabbit who is the star of Warner Bros.‘s Loony Tunes cartoon series, turns 75 years old today. The beloved animated bunny made his debut on July 27, 1940 with the release of a cartoon titled A Wild Hare … and the world has never been the same since. His catchphrase, What’s Up, Doc?, has become a staple of pop culture and his impact on the world is absolutely immeasurable. And today, I have a confession. Considering how open I am about my love for all things Disney, it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that it is Bugs Bunny — not Mickey Mouse — who is my all-time favorite cartoon character. As a child, I spent countless hours falling in love with Bugs Bunny and his animated friends from watching countless re-runs of the Loony Tunes cartoons on TV (Mickey Mouse and the Disney characters were occasional movie loves of mine, Bugs Bunny was an almost daily television love affair). It is remarkable but not at all surprising that Bugs Bunny would not only endure 75 years of “existence” but that he would thrive as one of the most important creations in modern history. More »
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"A single moment can change everything."
Back in early June, we got our first look at the first teaser trailer for the forthcoming Pixar animated film The Good Dinosaur, set to hit theaters around Thanksgiving. Today we get to see the just-released first full-length trailer for Dinosaur. See, I can’t say that I’m all jazzed to see this … which is odd because I really love Pixar films. That being said, I was unimpressed with the promo for Inside Out before I saw it and was very plesantly surprised by how much I loved the movie. Hopefully, I will love The Good Dinosaur just as much. Click the embed above to see what you think of this new Pixar film. Does it look like something you’re excited to see? The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on November 25.
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After a producer for The Simpsons made comments stating that Homer and Marge Simpson would be having a “legal separation” in the upcoming season of The Simpsons, everyone pretty much lost their shizz for a day … until a spokesperson for the show backtracked and denied that Homer and Marge will be splitting up at all. Today, we learn that Fox has released a short promo video for The Simpsons that features Homer & Marge addressing what they refer to as “baseless rumors” that they are splitting up. All of this smells like shenanigans to get people interested in watching The Simpsons so … if you’re interested, you can watch the video above and see what you think. Personally, I think this little gimmicky hoax is dumb but, it worked. This is the third post I’ve written on The Simpsons in the past month so, the strategy works. The 27th season of The Simpsons will premiere on Fox this fall.
"Snoopy, what would I do without a friend like you"
In November of last year, we got our first look at the first teaser trailer for the upcoming animated feature film The Peanuts Movie. In January, we got to see a second trailer for the film. Today we get to see a just-released new trailer that gives us our first look at Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang in action … and also gives us our first opportunity to hear the characters speak. As you can see in the trailer embedded above, many of the Peanuts gags that we’ve seen in the comic strip and classic animated specials have been updated for this new film … and I like what I see. While some may take anything other than the classic Peanuts specials (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas, etc.) as blasphemy, I can see the fun potential of this movie. Check out the trailer and see what you think, The Peanuts Movie will hit theaters this holiday season.
Starring Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin
Altho we *just* got new Smurfs movies back in 2011 and in 2013, we learn today that the Smurfs movie franchise is being rebooted already with a new animated film titled Get Smurfy. This time around, the movie will star (the voices of) Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin. IMHO, the first 2 Smurfs movies (which married live action with animation) were just terrible (tho the song Britney Spears released for The Smurfs 2 was a highlight for me) so hopefully this time around, this completely animated movie will be able to do justice to the Smurfs legacy. Click the embed above to watch a promo video for Get Smurfy which introduces the cast and informs us that the movie will hit theaters on March 31, 2017. Are you smurfed or what?
1 Week to Go!
Back in March we learned the very exciting news that Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. as part of the cast of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars: Rebels. Today, we get to check out the video teaser above that reminds us (!) that Star Wars: Rebels season 2 premieres in one week (!!!). As you may recall, we saw a 3+ minute long trailer for the entirety of SW: Rebels season 2 earlier this year which makes it seem like Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones, of course) will be featured heavily on the show. Vader is also featured pretty prominently in this teaser for the season 2 premiere episode, The Siege of Lothal … but we really do not know how much Darth Vader we will be getting this season. All will be revealed soon, tho, as Star Wars: Rebels premieres with a 1 hour episode on Saturday June 20. If you are a Star Wars fan, this is an animated series you should be watching. And if you are any kind of Buffy fan at all, you’ll deff want to tune in to hear SMG voice one of the characters on the show :)
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Coming in 2016
After they gave us Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Big Hero 6, Disney will be giving us a new animated feature film next year titled Zootopia. In an effort to explain what Zootopia is all about, the teaser video embedded above has been released for our viewing pleasure. At first brush, this movie looks cute but I’m not yet wowed by what I see. That said, I wasn’t really wowed at all by the first teaser videos for Inside Out and now all I hear are rave reviews so … I’ll definitely reserve judgement here. Check out the teaser for Zootopia above and see what you think. The movie will open in theaters on March 4, 2016.
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