Disney Shelves ‘Gigantic’!

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I’m sorry, I still can’t believe this news! The upcoming animated Disney Canon film that was set to be released in 2020, Gigantic, has now been shelved! Gigantic, a new musical take on Jack and the Beanstalk, was the upcoming animated Disney film that I was most looking forward to! It was being directed by Nathan Greno and Meg LeFauve and would have featured songs by the Lopezes of Frozen fame. It was supposed to be released earlier in 2018 before being pushed back to 2020. And now, it’s been totally shelved.

Sigh…is anyone else distraught over this news?

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DreamWorks Animation-Forgotten/Minor Characters #9: The Sushi Restaurant Owner

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We now come to Shark Tale in our journey through the DreamWorks Animation Canon. Released in 2004, this film is pretty infamous for being disliked by many and considered one of the worst¬†DreamWorks Animation films ever made! But, as I mentioned in my Top 13 Animated Movies that I Like, But Everyone Else Doesn’t list, I actually like this movie. I’m not saying it’s an amazing film, but I don’t think it deserves the hatred that it gets at all!

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DreamWorks Animation-Forgotten/Minor Characters #8: The Muffin Man

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Due to the success of their 2001 film, Shrek, it was inevitable that DreamWorks Animation would make a sequel to it. Come 2004, we got Shrek 2, the highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation film, to date, with a worldwide gross of $920 million! Most people actually love this movie way more than its predecessor. I, on the other hand, dislike this franchise in general, so I have a hard time saying which is better than the other.

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My Thoughts: SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)

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In 2011 and 2013, Sony Animation gave us two live-action films based on the Smurfs. Like many films of the same style, all the actors were live-action, but the main characters were animated. And like many of these kinds of films, they weren’t critical successes at all, but made money at the box office!

So when it came time to make a third film based on the Smurfs, they decided to make it a fully animated reboot pretty much ignoring that The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 ever happened.

They one-upped Cars 3!

The result of that decision is Smurfs: The Lost Village. Read on to know what I thought of it! (Beware, there may be spoilers ahead!)

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‘Peter Rabbit’ Teaser Trailer Debuts!

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The teaser trailer for Sony Animation’s upcoming adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories has debuted.

While I never read the Peter Rabbit stories, I have a feeling that the stories are much more timeless than this teaser trailer seems to show. I really wish they had made this a fully animated film; this live-action/animated hybrid doesn’t seem to work especially with the whole “party theme”. If it turns out to be like Paddington (horrible teaser, but film was well-made), I’ll be happy, but until then, this is all we have to go on.

Peter Rabbit stars Domhnall Gleason, Sam Neill, and Rose Byrne, along with the voice talents of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Elizabeth Debicki. The film is being directed by Will Gluck and set to hit theaters on February 9, 2018.

What do you think of this trailer? Does it turn you off from seeing the film?

‘Isle of Dogs’ Trailer Debuts!

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The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs, has debuted.

The film is about a young boy in Japan who goes in search of his dog who has been sent to a nearby “trash island” where all dogs are sentenced to go to due to overpopulation in the cities.

The story seems interesting enough and Wes Anderson is no stranger to animation having previously directed 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Isle of Dogs features the voice talents of Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, and Liev Schreiber, amongst others. The film is set to hit theaters on March 23, 2018.

What do you think of this trailer? Are you excited for the film?

DreamWorks Animation-Forgotten/Minor Characters #7: The Council Head

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In 2003, DreamWorks Animation would release their final (as of yet) theatrical hand-drawn animated film, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and it really is a shame! The gorgeous 2D characters and landscapes in this film make me yearn for DreamWorks Animation to embrace this medium once again, but I know that ain’t gonna happen!

Well now that he’s gone, maybe there is a chance…

I know many people have negative feelings towards this film, but I personally really enjoy it! Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s recap the film first. (Be warned: there may be spoilers ahead!)

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