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WN 21: A ton of trailers, SpongeBob SquarePants

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Greetings readers. My oh my, this is gonna be a big Weekly News, because with the release of a rather pointless live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, we have been flooded with so many of animated movie trailers up to the point that it’s ridiculous! This includes Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ballerina/Leap!, Despicable Me 3, Coco, and Early Man. After that, I’ll talk about some unfortunate news regarding SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Official “Lost” Trailer

First up is the new trailer of Sony Pictures Animation’s reboot of The Smurfs, Smurfs: The Lost Village. In this one, we get a look at more magical stuff in the lost village, and are revealed those mysterious creatures, which turn out to be female smurfs.

I guess it’s a bit of a copout that Sony spoiled that surprise in this trailer. But yet again, they already did that in their announcements back in January. Still, the movie seems like a fun and visually-stunning adventure that truely respects Peyo’s works. and far superior to those two garbage live-action films.

Smurfs: The Lost Village will be out in theatres on April 7. Sony Pictures Animation will later follow up with The Emoji Movie this August, and The Star this November.

Ballerina / Leap! - Official Trailer

The Weinstein Company is giving Ballerina (a French-Canadian animated feature) a US release under the title Leap!. With a new trailer they have released (this time on their official YouTube channel), it is set up similarly to the other trailers of the film, except with a few changes.

Outside of the redundant trailer announcer, you may notice that Victor sounds different. Well, thats because for the US release, Dane DeHaan’s voice has been replaced by Nat Wolff of The Naked Brothers Band. Seems like a typical TWC change, but I’m guessing they did that because DeHaan sounded too mature. Wolff is significantly younger, so maybe thats why. Mel Brooks (Hotel Transylvania 2) will also be an exclusive voice to the US version.

Releasing in US cinemas on April 21, lets hope these will be the only changes to Leap!, so The Weinstein Company doesn’t end up making another Doogal.

Despicable Me 3 - Official Trailer #2

The Despicable Me franchise continues to stand strong as among the biggest animated franchises. With the third film Despicable Me 3, that is set to continue the strong streak, and Illumination has now released the second trailer which introduces us to Gru’s twin brother Dru.

In this trailer, we see that Gru and his family are jobless after failing to capture Balthazar Bratt. Luck comes in when Gru meets up with his long-lost twin brother Dru (who is also voiced by Steve Carell), who continues the villainy tradition. Gru then gets convinced by Dru to join him in a heist, and go back to his routes as a super villain.

If you’re excited as much as I am for Despicable Me 3, be sure to set your calendar for it’s theatrical release on June 30.

Coco - Official Teaser Trailer

Once the surprisingly-anticipated Cars 3 roars into cinemas this June, Pixar won’t be done with 2017 just yet. Their second animated feature of that year is going to be an original project called Coco. Directed by Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich, this adventure will be Pixar’s take on the annual Mexican holiday Día de Muertos.

In our first look at the teaser trailer, we witness our protagonist Miguel Riveras (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) aspiring to be like his musical idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt of Despicable Me 2). But when he attempts to use Ernesto’s famous guitar, he and his pet dog Dante end up in the Land of the Dead, where he might get that one chance to meet his favourite musician.

Through this preview, it does give a similar vibe to movies like Spirited Away and The Book of Life. Having some unoriginal elements like these might set Coco back a little bit, but similarities aside, this still looks like a great addition to the Pixar library. The visuals not only greatly capture the Mexican holiday greatly, but how they depict Land of the Dead seems fascinating, both in scope and artistry.

For those excited to check Coco out, Walt Disney Pictures will release the film in theatres on November 22.

Early Man - Official Teaser Trailer

Some of you may have been disappointment with DreamWorks’ cancelation of The Croods 2. Well luckily, the fine folks at Aardman Animations are here to fill in that gap with their stop-motion prehistoric comedy Early Man! Aardman have just released the hilarious teaser trailer where Dug and his tribe encounter a killer rabbit.

Early Man serves as the grand comeback of Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit. Obviously, the movie is set in prehistoric times and centres on Dug (voiced by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne) and his sidekick boar Hognob. Funny enough though, the two seem like the prehistoric ancestors of both Wallace and Gromit!

No US release date is set yet, but StudioCanal will be releasing Early Man in the UK on January 26, 2018 A.D..

SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg diagnosed with ALS

Many of us are bound to have fond memories of Nickelodeon’s long-running series SpongeBob SquarePants, one thats sure too have been a big part of our childhood nearly two decades after first airing. Unfortunately, I am sad to report on here that the show’s creator Stephen Hillenburg is now in the early stages of ALS.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a rare terminal illness that gradually deteriorates nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This leads to muscles decreasing in size, as well as difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing. There is no known cure for this illness.

Stephen Hillenburg

The 55-year-old Hillenburg revealed his condition to Variety with the following statement:

“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.”

Nickelodeon also gave their statement by saying “Steve Hillenburg is a brilliant creator who brings joy to millions of fans. Our thoughts and support are with Steve and his family during this difficult time. Out of respect for their wishes for privacy, we will have no further comment.”

Thats all I have for the news in this Weekly News, but I ain’t done just yet. Shortly after this one, I’ll post another this week in which I feel deserves it’s own article. Leave your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you next time.


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March 20, 2017
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Wow, so many news ô.o!
I'm usually not fan of the smurfs but the trailer isn't bad, I like the colors, it seems they had fun on it!

Despicable Me sounds fun! A twin brother? They... have the same nose in the family (there's something with noses in that franchise xD).

Coco seems great, but I'm not interested. And I don't like the style of the last one ^^'

Also, even though I really don't like spongeBob, I'm sorry for the creator, as for anyone who has to face that kind of terrible illness.

Anyway, thanks for reporting all these news Karl ^-^

March 20, 2017
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i'm sorry for the creator of Spongebob :(

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