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?

‘The Star’ Teaser Trailer Debuts!

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The teaser trailer for Sony Animation’s upcoming film, The Star, has debuted.

The film deals with the Christian nativity story from the point of view of the animals. The voice cast includes Steven Yeun, Kelly Clarkson, Gina Rodriguez, Keegan-Michael Key, Oprah Winfrey, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Christopher Plummer, Patricia Heaton, and Zachary Levi, among others.

The Star is scheduled to be released to theaters on November 10, 2017. I personally have no interest in seeing this film. What about y’all? Let me know in the comments below!

‘The Emoji Movie’ Theatrical Trailer Released!

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If you’re like most people, when you heard that Sony Animation was making a film entitled, The Emoji Movie, you kinda groaned. And the teaser trailer didn’t help matters much either. But now, we’ve gotten the first theatrical trailer for the film:

I’ll be honest, it doesn’t seem as horrible as I thought¬†it would be. But, it still seems groan-worthy! It feels like a mixture of Inside Out and Wreck-It Ralph, but not in a good way. I dunno, how do you all feel about this film?

WWTBAM-Animation Edition S3E1: “Because Ben Said So!” w/Milan Harrison

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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!

LINKS:

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

Upcoming Animated Films In 2017

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2017

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!

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Upcoming Animated Films In 2015

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New Year Wallpaper.

Hello fellow readers,

I take a break from my…break…(ironic?)…to wrap up the year like I did last year: with a preview of the upcoming year’s animated films. Below, you’ll find a list of all the animated movies scheduled to be theatrically released (in America) with their respective trailers/posters/images (if available) and brief descriptions.

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