Written by Karlamon :
[20th Century Fox]
Greetings everyone of Animation Source! I do apologise for my lack of articles lately. This was due to studies and personal life getting in the way. But now I have time after over a month’s absence to write something for the English side. I’ll be looking into how Captain Underpants and Cars 3 are doing in cinemas, and look at new trailers for The Emoji Movie, The Nut Job 2, Despicable Me 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and Ferdinand.
Captain Underpants - Pleasing critics in the name of underwear!
He's faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts and can leap over a tall building without getting a wedgie. DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie started the animated summer with a surprising bang, and the critics were pleasantly surprised with what they got, especially for a movie that is literally called CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!
The animated adaption of Dav Pilkey’s beloved book series was met with high critical praise. Many reviewers appreciated it’s unique visual style, appropriately silly humour, strong faithfulness to the source material, and that awesome theme song by “Weird Al” Yankovic. Although the film got buried in the box office by DC’s Wonder Woman (making only $23.5 million on opening weekend), it’s stylish outsourced animation provided by Mikros Image resulted in a tiny $38 million budget, so turning a profit shouldn’t be too hard.
With Captain Underpants being DreamWorks’ final Fox-distributed film, Universal Pictures will take over their releases starting with How to Train Your Dragon 3 in March 2019.
Cars 3 - Better than the second?
Next in the summer lineup was Cars 3. After the big embarrassment of Cars 2, Pixar decided to give their big money-making franchise a third entry that promised to bring the series back to it’s routes, and got us hyped from the many exciting trailers. The result? Well… at least it’s far better than Cars 2.
The critics pointed out that Cars 3 is a massive step up from it’s much-disliked predecessor thanks to the striking animation and poignant story, it still fails the reach the masterpiece levels expected from Pixar. Although it had the lowest opening weekend of the franchise with $53.5 million, it still opened strong at #1, pushing Wonder Woman away from the top spot.
It just goes to show that even if Mater tainted the franchise, Lightning McQueen proved he can put the series back on track (no pun intended).
The Big Trailer Update
Throughout my absence, a big bunch of animated movie trailers have been released. I’ll be going through each one and summarise them.
The Emoji Movie - Official Trailers
First up, we have the animated movie that everyone has been dreading for. One that has gathered a nasty reputation ever since Sony Pictures Animation announced it. That movie in question is The Emoji Movie, and it has come in the form of two very cheesy trailers: a US one, and an international one.
Will this creation end up as awful as the backlash suggests, or will it be a surprising treat? We’ll only find out once The Emoji Movie releases on July 28.
The Nut Job 2 - Official Trailer 2
Up next in our trailers, there is the second of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. This one shows off more nutty gags, and our first look at Jackie Chan’s character Mr. Feng, a weapon of mouse destruction.
While I wasn’t too big on the first movie, it is surprising to see that it has gathered a sizeable fanbase. So if you’re keen to reunite with Surly and the gang, set your calendar for August 11.
Despicable Me 3 - Official Trailer #3
Right around the corner is Despicable Me 3, the newest instalment in Illumination’s highly-successful series. The third and final trailer presents us with more Gru and Dry hijinks and imprisoned minions, all accompanied with “So Bad” by Eminem.
Guaranteed to be a big success, Despicable Me 3 has already opened in many international territories ahead of the US and Canada. Those in North America will finally get their chance to see the movie when it releases this Friday!
Coco - Official Trailer
(and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure - Official Trailer)
Since Cars 3 has been released, it seemed like a good time for Pixar to release a new trailer for their other promising film of this year, Coco. Releasing on November 22 in time for Thanksgiving, this is Pixar’s take on the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos, where a boy named Miguel ends up meeting his deceased relatives in the Land of the Dead.
As an added bonus for Coco screenings, Disney will attach a 21-minute Frozen short titled Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Reuniting the original cast, Olaf’s own short sets him on an adventure to harness holiday traditions for Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff. The short will also feature four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. Though a nice treat for Frozen fans, it may be tiresome for those exhausted from the franchise’s overexposure.
Ferdinand | Official Trailer
Finally, 20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Blue Sky’s new film Ferdinand, an adaption of Munro Leaf’s classic story. In this one, we get a bit more of what we got in the teaser, though I don’t get why many animated movie trailers like this have to cram in Pitbull music somewhere.
Ferdinand opens on December 15 along with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A very dangerous date considering it has to compete with the most-anticipated blockbuster of the year. But who knows, maybe it could gather an audience somewhere.
And that collude this news updates. Weekly News will no longer be happening, but instead I’ll post news stories as it’s own article, whether it’s a new trailer or a big announcement. Thanks for reading, and see you later!
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