Check out the Insanely Foul-Mouthed Trailer for Stop-Motion Hell and Back by Team Robot Chicken

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

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At last, an original American animated feature film aimed at adults...albeit really, really immature ones who know that when a trailer opens with a joke about TJ Miller forcing his own hand to have sex with him, this might just hit the sweet spot. Plus a farting Orpheus who pilots a mech.

Set in Hell, with Bob Odenkirk as the devil, is about "three friends [who] embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself." I know the trailer only shows two friends, but I'm going by an official synopsis here.

If I had to guess, I'd say this movie will not do well, but it could be a whole lot of fun.

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Disney and Pixar Animation News From D-23

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

[Tune in tomorrow between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pacific time for updates from D23's live-action movie panel, featuring Marvel and probably not much Star Wars. I'll do a proper weekend thread after that, but until then, consider this it.]

The first bit of information we have is that Shakira will be playing a gazelle named - creatively - Gazelle in the anthropomorphic animal movie Zootopia, sure to be a fave at future Furry conventions. Yes, of course she'll sing a song.

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Okilly Dokilly, the Metal Band Based Entirely on Ned Flanders

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Wellsir, you can just call me Daniel because I'll be lion-ing up to see them! This Arizona band's members not only all dress like Ned, but base all their lyrics on his quotes, and usually nothing more. Presumably if you are a band on the same bill as them, you can borrow their instruments and never give them back.

Check out some of their tunes below. It might be the first time nobody will say "Shut up, Flanders!" (Is it wrong that I'm really hoping they do one called "Prune Tracy"?) Oh, and HAPPY LEFT-HANDER'S DAY!

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The Lego Batman Movie Casts an Unlikely Joker

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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"Unlikely" is of course the point in a Lego Movie spinoff, and the fact that Zach Galifianakis doesn't seem like a laugh-out-loud sort of person may indicate the way he might be going for a new take. He joins Will Arnett as Batman and Michael Cera as Robin, a tandem that made me hope it might be entirely cast with Arrested Development alumni. If David Cross were Lego Riddler, I think I'd like that a lot.

Some guys just can't handle Gotham...

7 Hard-Hitting Questions We Have For Nick's New ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Nickelodeon debuted its new updated take on Alvin and the Chipmunks last week in the U.S., a French-American collaboration that's been airing internationally for months now. Because if there's one thing kids these days have been clamoring for, it's ridiculously high-pitched voices from the mouths of talking chipmunks. It's as if Nick didn't already learn their lesson from Fred.

But the Chipmunks, strangely, have a strong enough following, with the three live-action films netting over $525 million (and a fourth on the way) so what do I know? Nick is clearly trying to get into some of that action (a couple years too late, like always), and watching that first week's run of episodes, a couple of serious, important questions come to mind:


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New Guardians of the Galaxy Shorts Show Groot's Origin

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

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I COULD spend this entire post complaining about cancelling Earth's Mightiest Heroes for a brutally uninspiring first season of Ultimate Spider-Man and the new terrible Avengers cartoon, but how long can you complain about something before it starts to look bad for you? Last time I brought it up to a friend, he sighed "OH MY GOD SHUT UP ABOUT THIS" before rolling his eyes so hard he cartwheeled out of the room. Instead, I'll say that the new Marvel cartoons are getting steadily better and show you the new shorts Marvel released for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy show highlighting Groot's origin.


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Mr. Peabody and Sherman Are Back! (Yay!) With a Fake Talk Show (Yay?)

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman was one of Dreamworks' better animated features, probably because the source material was so strong and the Jay Ward estate so protective. Though it did feature the usual obligatory mayhem, the fact that the movie was full of historical and intelligent jokes that kids will have to look up and possibly only understand years from now was a big plus. For the first time in a long time, a kids' cartoon expected the audience to rise to the challenge rather than be spoonfed simplicity.

So it's cool that Netflix is doing a semi-sequel to the movie as a series, and even cooler that it's both 2D and not a visual abomination compared to the original designs. The only issue I have is that the format is of a talk show on which they interview historical figures - it sounds like an excuse to cheap out on the animation by keeping the same backgrounds for each show. Besides, Space Ghost Coast to Coast is a gold standard in fake cartoon talk shows.

Chris Parnell takes over the Peabody role from Ty Burrell, while Max Charles continues as Sherman. I hope it doesn't tank.

h/t Sly Dante

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Announces Theatrical Animated Movie

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 9:21 am

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Lionsgate will distribute, which gives me hope that maybe they'll crossover with The Hunger Games in a shared universe.

In the movie, a new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 - Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity - embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home. The My Little Pony movie will feature all new music with the Mane Six characters voiced by Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball. Jayson Theissen is directing. Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing the film with Meghan McCarthy and Michael Vogel co-executive producing.
Kristin Chenoweth will be joining the cast as a new character, and presumably there will be toys that actually reflect the movie storyline more directly.

However, if you see any tie-in popcorn tubs with a hole cut in the bottom, be assured that they are NOT official merchandise.

Audio of Chris Farley as SHREK Resurfaces; Was He Better?

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00 am

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He's different, for sure. More low-key, and more like Chris Farley being basically himself, but green, which, contra Kermit, seems to come pretty easy.

When Mike Myers had to replace the late actor in the role, the script was rewritten and Myers had the notion of doing the Scottish accent he endlessly amuses himself with, which proved lucrative. Disney's Wreck-It Ralph feels closer to the Farley Shrek than Myers does.

I'm guessing it wouldn't have been as huge with Farley, but we'll never know. Take a listen to him opposite Eddie Murphy and judge for yourself

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Rob Schneider Is "The Polar Bear," and This Is NOT a South Park Joke

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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But he's about to discover that being a polar bear isn't all it's cracked up to be! Derp dee derp dee derp.

This is a real thing, and it's called Norm of the North. They could at least have cast Norm Macdonald, but no - once again, somebody has made Trey Parker and Matt Stone's predictions of cultural stupidity come more than true.

Are there fart jokes? OF COURSE there are fart jokes. And Robert J. Flaherty (look him up) turns in his grave.

Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devine, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney and Bill Nighy were somehow blackmailed into doing voices too.

You need to feel my pain. Here...

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