April 11, 2017
WWTBAM-Animation Edition Games
animated film, animated movie, animation, blue sky, blue sky studios, disney, illumination entertainment, pixar, sony animation, studio ghibli, who wants to be a millionaire, wwtbam
Season 3 of my Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Animation Edition games has commenced! 10 contestants trying their hand at getting to the million point question and winning a gift card from me! Our first contestant is animation lover and YouTuber, Milan Harrison. Does the first episode end with a winner? Watch to find out!
Milan’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/somedudenamedmilan
Ben’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZEvnPge9Hzm1U_3qzjo4Xw
Ben’s blog: http://www.animatedgalaxy.blogspot.com
January 6, 2017
albert brooks, animated film, animated movie, animation, bobby moynihan, chris renaud, ellie kemper, eric stonestreet, film review, illumination entertainment, jenny slate, kevin hart, lake bell, louis c.k., movie review, the secret life of pets
When the trailer for Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets was released, I was honestly surprised as to how positive/optimistic many people seemed to be towards it. Almost everyone I knew said that the film looked cute or funny or had an interesting premise or was a film that they were looking forward to seeing. I, on the other hand, seemed to be in the minority opinion!
I thought the trailer seemed kinda stupid. It seemed to be pushing the ubiquitous “funny jokes for kids” trope that we see in a lot of animation and I didn’t really find any of the jokes funny. The plot seemed very reminiscent of past films such as Toy Story and it seemed that the only reason Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet were cast as voices were just to have popular celebrities’ names attached to the film. Heck, I’m not even a “pets” person, so I couldn’t even identify with that aspect of the film that many pet owners seemed to readily identify with! I was much more looking forward to Illumination Entertainment’s Sing than this film.
74%? Really? This movie was THAT good?
Eventually, I ended up watching this film. Was I as disappointed as I thought I was going to be? Or was I surprisingly impressed? Read on to find out what I thought of The Secret Life of Pets.
By the way, there will be some SPOILERS!
December 17, 2016
alec baldwin, andrea libman, animated film, animated movie, animation, anthony gonzalez, ashleigh bell, bejamin bratt, billy dee williams, blazing saddles, blazing samurai, blue sky, blue sky studios, bobby moynihan, bonnie hunt, bronies, captain underpants, cars, cars 3, cheech marin, coco, danny pudi, dav pilkey, dave franco, demi lovato, despicable me, despicable me 3, dia de los muertos, dia de muertos, djimon hounsou, dreamworks, dreamworks animation, ed helms, emily blunt, emojimovie, ferdinand, fred armisen, gabriel iglesias, gael garcia bernal, george takei, hilary swank, ilana glazer, illumination entertainment, jace norman, jack mcbrayer, jackie chan, james corden, jeff dunham, jenny slate, jessica biel, jimmy kimmel, joe manganiello, joker, jordan peele, justin theroux, katherine heigl, kevin hart, kristen schaal, kristen wiig, kumail nanjiani, larry the cable guy, lego, lego batman, lego batman movie, lego ninjago movie, liev schreiber, lightning mcqueen, lisa kudrow, mandy patinkin, mariah carey, maya rudolph, mel brooks, michael cera, michael pena, michelle yeoh, minions, miranda cosgrove, mlp, munro leaf, my little pony, my little pony the movie, nick kroll, ninjago, olivia munn, owen wilson, patrick stewart, pierre coffin, pixar, rainn wilson, ralph fiennes, renee victor, ricky gervais, rosario dawson, samuel l jackson, smurfs, smurfs: the lost village, sony animation, spark, steve buscemi, steve carell, susan sarandon, t j miller, tara strong, the boss baby, the lamb, the lego batman movie, the nut job 2, the star, thomas middleditch, tobey maguire, trey parker, warner animation, warner animation group, will arnett, zach galifianakis
As the year comes to a close, it comes time again to prepare ourselves for the animated films being released next year! So read on below to find a list of the theatrical animated films set to be released in 2017! Like usual, I’m only listing the ones that have confirmed US release dates at the moment, hence this list is mostly composed of films from the major animation studios. Enjoy!
December 15, 2016
animated film, animated movie, animation, despicable me, despicable me 3, illumination entertainment, kristen wiig, minions, miranda cosgrove, pierre coffin, steve carell, trey parker
Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of the Despicable Me franchise, Illumination Entertainment is making a 3rd film! And the first trailer for Despicable Me 3 has recently debuted!
From what I see in the trailer, I feel that this film will be….okay, at best, something along the lines of Despicable Me 2 quality. The villain seems quite annoying and I know I’m alone in this, but I miss the Minions’ presence in the trailer. (Oh, and I love Gru’s singing voice!) Hopefully the film (which is set to be released on June 30, 2017) will exceed my expectations!
What do you all think of the trailer? Are you interested in a 3rd Despicable Me film? Let me know in the comments below!
July 11, 2016
albert brooks, animated film, animated movie, animation, eric stonestreet, illumination entertainment, jenny slate, kevin hart, louis c.k., secret life of pets
Illumination Entertainment’s latest animated film, The Secret Life of Pets, has topped the weekend box office with $104 million! It also broke Inside Out‘s record as the highest-grossing opening weekend for an original animated film!
I’m quite shocked, to be honest! When I saw the trailer, I just felt this was your typical, silly, stupid animated film that you get every now and then. But, many people thought the trailer looked cute and were looking forward to seeing it!
Have you seen the film? What did you think of it? If you haven’t seen it, do you plan on seeing it?
May 23, 2016
animated film, animated movie, animation, illumination entertainment, john c reilly, matthew mcconaughey, reese witherspoon, scarlett johansson, seth macfarlane, sing, taron egerton, tori kelly
We’ve finally gotten a full-length trailer for the upcoming animated Illumination Entertainment film, Sing.
I’ve always been optimistic about this film and am still liking what I’m seeing. Yes, it probably won’t be an Inside Out, but I think it’s interesting enough to hold its own and is definitely a lot more intriguing than something like The Secret Life of Pets is.
Are you looking forward to this film? Let me know in the comments below!
April 13, 2016
animated film, animated movie, animation, benedict cumberbatch, dr. seuss, grinch, how the grinch stole christmas, illumination entertainment
In news that I’m quite excited about, actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast to voice the character of the Grinch in Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Set to be released on November 17, 2017, hopefully this will be the first film adaptation of a work by Dr. Seuss to actually be good! You can find more here.