'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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Yesterday news that Homer and Marge Simpson will be breaking up on the upcoming season of The Simpsons swept the Internets after showrunner Al Jean was quoted by Variety as saying that the couple will be getting “legally separated” after 26 years of fictional animated marriage. After the story blew up, Jean backtracked significantly on Twitter to say that he never actually said that the couple were breaking up. A promo image of Bart Simpson writing Homer and Marge Are Not Breaking Up repeatedly on his classroom chalkboard was also released so, yeah, it sounds like Jean‘s comment about the couple’s “legal separation” caused a lot of unintended trouble. More »
Blame Lena Dunham!
There will be a lot of changes coming in the upcoming 27th season of The Simpsons. Earlier this week, we learned that Sideshow Bob will finally kill Bart Simpson on the show … tho, it will happen in the show’s annual Treehouse of Terror Hallowe’en episode, so it really doesn’t count. Today we learn the very sad news that Homer and Marge Simpson will be breaking up on the show. That’s right, after 26 years of fictional marriage, this animated couple will file for legal separation after Homer leaves Marge for a pharmacist that will be voiced by Lena Dunham. Um, WHAT?! More »
The gang's all here
Back in April we got to see a bunch of character posters for the forthcoming animated film The Peanuts Movie and today we get to see a new poster that features all of the Peanuts characters in one place. As you can see below, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Snoopy and the rest of the gang are all gathered together in a movie theater, presumably waiting to see their first feature-length animated film. Have a look below. More »
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