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Would a Ren & Stimpy Movie Even Be Worth it?

Plenty of people both old and young (but mainly old!) got really excited about the prospect of a Nicktoons universe film when it was announced back in 2015. In a recent discussion though, series director Bob Camp mentioned that the show will not play a role in the forthcoming film for obvious reasons and also stated that a solo film featuring our dimwitted duo was also given the thumbs down by Paramount. As disappointing as that news is, would a solo Ren & Stimpy film have been work the effort?

Ren & Stimpy came bursting out of the gate in 1991 along with Rugrats and Doug (and before Rocko’s Modern Life) and helped establish and cement the notion that creator-driven cartoons could be enormously successful. The series turbulent life is well known and its saga casts a very long shadow over every animated cartoon that’s been broadcast on TV since. Even its contemporary The Simpsons felt obligated to directly reference the show on multiple occasions.

Disney Junior’s “Puppy Dog Pals” Starts April 14th

Disney Junior’s new animated series Puppy Dog Pals, created by comedian Harland Williams, debuts Friday April 14th (10:30 a.m. EDT), with two back-to-back episodes on Disney Channel and will also become available that day on the Disney Junior app and YouTube page.

The show follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, whose thrill-seeking appetites take them on exhilarating adventures throughout their neighborhood and around the globe. Williams also serves as consulting producer and writer and voices the role of Bob, the pups’ devoted owner. Sean Coyle (The Awesomes, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) serves as executive producer.

Dreamworks Animation TV Garners 21 Daytime Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced yesterday the nominees for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. DreamWorks Animation Television was honored with 21 Daytime Emmy nominations, with Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters leading the charge with 7 nominations (the most of any animated program), including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program!

The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show received a nomination for Best Animated Children’s Program (as did Dragons Race To The Edge). “At DreamWorks Animation we set the quality bar high and we are so fortunate to have some of the most talented artists and production personnel out there within our TV studio,” said Margie Cohn, Head of Dreamworks TV Animation. “It makes me very happy that so many of our crew have been recognized for their unique storytelling and beautiful work.”

The complete list of Dreamworks nominees are below.

TRAILER: Dreamworks’ “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie! Based on the bestselling book series and starring Kevin Hart and Ed Helms Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie tells the story of George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Directed by David Soren, written by Nicholas Stoller (Based on the novels by Dav Pilkey), 20th Century Fox releases the feature on June 7th 2017. Here’s our first look:

Netflix “Legend Quest” Full Opening Titles

Netflix new animated series, Legend Quest, features some fantastic animation by Mexico’s Anima Estudios. Check out the long version of the opening titles (embed below) directed by Juan M. Urbina, produced at his independent studio in Colombia, commissioned by Anima. Although this intro has two cuts – if you are an animation geek, you must watch the longer, director’s cut below.

This version gives the audience enough time and hints to catch each character’s personality, with beautiful character title cards inspired on the style of posters from the classic Mexican cinema of the 50’s. The opening credits and theme song really capture the mystery-adventure spirit that series Director Jose Alejandro García wanted.

Should We Be Upset of Coco’s Similarity to ‘The Book of Life’?

Pixar dropped the trailer for their next film Coco; the latest, twisting turn in the film’s long development. Long noted for its similarities to the 2014 Jorge Gutierrez film, The Book of Life, the trailer for Coco hasn’t assuaged fears that its a rip-off. Should we be upset at the similarity between the films or is there a reason to celebrate them both?

Coco isn’t the first Pixar film to fall foul of a similar story to that of another film. Some of you may remember the film Newt which was announced as being in development in April 2008 but ended up being canceled in 2010. While the rumor mill swirled, the reason turned out to be that Newt was deemed too similar to the film Rio, which was released in 2011.

Aardman Teaser: Nick Park’s “Early Man”

Check out the international Early Man teaser trailer which dropped today via Aardman Animation. This will mark the first feature film that Nick Park will have directed by himself (previously he has co-directed), and it stars Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams in the major voice roles. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day. It is currently set for an early 2018 release in the UK. A US distributor has not been decided. Here’s our first look:

TRAILER: Pixar’s “Coco”

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22nd, 2017.

Q&A with Dave McElfatrick on The “Cyanide and Happiness” App

After years of having fans begging them for the chance to be drawn in the style of their Cyanide and Happiness characters, the creators of the immensely popular online comic and animated shorts have unveiled an app that allows anyone to do just that. I spoke with Dave McElfatrick, one of the crazy talents behind “C&H”, about this milestone achievement, the inspirations behind their cutting-edge style and the possibility of a Cyanide and Happiness movie.

Jackson Murphy: More than a dozen years after you and your core team began “Cyanide and Happiness” you finally have an App. “Cyanide and Happiness Emojis” is out right now. How does it feel?

Dave McElfatrick: Feels pretty awesome, man. This is something that I’ve kind of wanted to do for a few years now, and we’ve been so busy on animation work and stuff like that – that I’ve kind of been sitting on it. And then the opportunity was presented to me, and I jumped at the chance. I thought maybe we could do an Avatar creator, and maybe we could do all this other stuff with it. It’s a breath of air for me. It’s something off my chest. We’ve finally done it, and I’m very pleased with it – and very excited.

ANIME REVIEW: “Noragami Aragoto: Season Two”

Times are tough for Yato (voice by Jason Liebrecht), the minor god of calamity who’s at the center of the broadcast series Noragami Aragoto (2015), the sequel to Noragami (2014). He’s still knocking around Tokyo in an old warm-up suit and busted boots, offering to grant wishes for ¥5 coins.

Yato may be broke, but he’s got his posse. Yukine (Micah Solusod), the lost soul of a teenager, serves as his Regalia: He transforms into a living sword on command. High school student Hiyori (Bryn Apprill) became a hanyou, a person who can leave her physical body to join these supernatural beings, when Yato saved her life in a traffic accident. But this power makes her vulnerable attacks from phantoms and hostile deities.




Checklist of Animated Features Slated for U.S. Release for 2017

1. YU-GI-OH! DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS (1/27/16) Screen Vision Media. D: Satoshi Kuwabara.

2. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2/10/17) Warner Bros. D: Chris McCay.

3. ROCK DOG (2/26/17) Summit. D: Ash Brannon.

4. THE BOSS BABY (3/31/17) Dreamworks-20th Century Fox. D: Tom McGrath.

5. SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (4/7/17) Sony. D: Kelly Asbury.


7. SPARK: A SPACE TAIL (4/14/17) Open Road. D: Aaron Woodley

8. ANIMAL CRACKERS (4/21/17) D: Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava.

9. LEAP! (4/21/17) The Weinstein Company. D: Eric Summer, Éric Warin.

10. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (6/2/17) Dreamworks. D: David Soren.

11. CARS 3 (6/16/17) Disney-Pixar. D: Brian Fee

12. DESPICABLE ME 3 (6/30/17) Universal (Illumination). D: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon.

13. THE GIRL WITH NO HANDS (2017 TBA) GKids. D: Sébastien Laudenbach

14. BLAZING SAMURAI (8/4/17) Open Road. D: Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier.

15. THE NUT JOB 2 (8/18/17) D: Cal Brunker.

16. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (9/22/17) Warner Bros. D: Charlie Bean.

17. THE EMOJI MOVIE (8/4/17) Sony. D: Tony Leondis.

18. MY LITTLE PONY THE MOVIE (10/6/17) D: Jayson Thiessen.

19. IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD Shout! Factory. (Release date TBA). D: Sunao Katabuch.

20. THE STAR (11/10/17) Columbia Pictures. D: Timothy Reckart

21. COCO (11/22/17) Disney-Pixar. D: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina.

22. FERDINAND (12/22/17) 20th Century-Fox (Blue Sky). D: Carlos Saldanha.

NOTES: 2017 Limited-release theatricals (movies going Direct-to-Video (DVD, VOD but getting a theatrical billboard) began this year with ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD, directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto, on January 10th via Funimation. Studio Ghibli’s 1993 TV movie OCEAN WAVES, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, got a U.S. theatrical release via Gkids on January 13th. Similarly, the 1993 anime feature SAILOR MOON R THE MOVIE, directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, was also a limited U.S. release by Eleven Arts on the same date, January 13th (in Los Angeles at the Theater in the Ace Hotel). Denmark’s 2010 feature THE TROUBLE WITH TERKEL was given a token theatrical run in several U.S. cities on February 3rd, via Indican Pictures. BUNYAN AND BABE, directed by Tony Bancroft and Jim Rygiel, was given a limited NY/LA theatrical release by Cinedigm on February 3rd. Fathom Events, ELEVEN ARTS, and Aniplex held a one night theatrical for SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE: ORDINAL SCALE, directed by Tomohiko Itō, on March 9th.

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Official TRAILER #2: “Despiciable Me 3”

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their daughters — Margo, Edith and Agnes — and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, executive produced by Chris Renaud and will be released in theaters on June 30th, 2017.

The latest poster and trailer dropped today:

Disney XD Renews “Big Hero 6 The Series” Ahead of Premiere

Disney XD has ordered an early second season of the highly anticipated Big Hero 6 The Series before the first season premieres this fall, with Emmy Award winners Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi (the team behind the global hit Disney Channel series Kim Possible) as executive producers. Based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning feature film inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, the series stars Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass, Jamie Chung as Go Go, Scott Adsit as Baymax, Ryan Potter as Hiro, Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon, Khary Payton as Wasabi, Brooks Wheelan as Fred, Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei, David Shaughnessy as Heathcliff and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.

Check out this first look video of the cast demonstrating Baymax’s iconic fist-bump.

NEW TRAILER: Sony’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

What if the Smurfs were never alone? Watch the new trailer (below) and forget those previous Smurfs movies – Here comes the real deal. In this fully animated (translation: NO live action), all-new take, Sony Pictures Animation Smurfs: The Lost Village solves some of the biggest secrets in Smurfs history: Where are the rest of the Smurfs? And why is there only one Smurfette?

And it looks pretty damn beautiful. A mysterious map sets Smurfette (voice of Demi Lovato) and her best friends on an exciting and thrilling race through a Forbidden Forest, filled with magical creatures, to find a mysterious lost village – before the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) does.