Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kinda-Sorta-Semi-Annual Animated Trailer Post!

Got a pretty crazy variety of animated films coming out in the next year and a half. Let's judge their trailers in rough chronological order.



One of the most unusual trailers I have to share today is "Arjun the Warrior Prince". Apparently Disney has been doing several co-productions with animation studios in India and this is one such film. Sadly, there's no indication whether or not there will be an American release. And there are no subtitles, if that bothers you, but it's pretty easy to figure what's going on.



There are four "Ice Age" movies now. And they have gone long past the point where they should have asked themselves, "WHY are they even set in the Ice Age anymore?"



"ParaNorman" is from the studio that brought us "Coraline", and the stop-motion animation looks similarly jaw-dropping. The fact that it reminds me of "The Goonies" and "Monster Squad" is a plus. Also, it means I am old.



By far the most interesting thing about "Hotel Transylvania" is the fact that Genndy Tartakovsky is involved. And if you are familiar with his work, it'd be basically impossible to tell.



"Frankenweenie" is an extended dance remix of an old Tim Burton Disney short, this time in stop-motion and, in so many words, more Tim Burton.



"Despicable Me" was a nice surprise, and I'm curious to see where they take the characters from there. Not sure if I like this "Here's more! More of that one thing everybody liked!" approach the teaser takes.



Some years ago, there was talk of an animated adaptation of William Joyce's The Leaf Men and the Brave, Good Bugs. Apparently, that mutated into Blue Sky's "Epic". The teaser is a cavalcade of mood whiplash (frisson all up and down my arms and then BAM, goofy-ass chatterbox snail), but at least this is guaranteed to be better than that other "Epic".

And finally, here are the four teasers for "Monsters University"!

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2 comments:

Grant said...

Aww, mannnn! The "Epic" trailer looked amazing until that snail showed up.

Why can't somebody make a movie that's like the first half of this trailer? Gorgeous CG animation, stirring music, no dialogue except for the occasional gasp, grunt, or "woah!".

Tell the story impressionistically, for god's sake! I promise we'll still be able to follow it!

raptor_044 said...

""Despicable Me" was a nice surprise, and I'm curious to see where they take the characters from there. Not sure if I like this "Here's more! More of that one thing everybody liked!" approach the teaser takes."

I actually liked this trailer the best of all the DM/DM2 trailers. Maybe I'm just a sucker for the Beach Boys' songs.

-JD-man