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The Emoji Movie – Trailer

Seriously?  I guess that I shouldn’t be too đŸ˜± that Hollywood is basing an entire movie on a concept as seemingly vapid as Emoji. 

The trailer reminds me vaguely of Pixar’s Inside Out, which if you’re going to be compared to something, is not a bad thing.  

Will I go to see it?  Probably not, since I passed my tenth birthday longer ago than I like to admit, though there are millions of text-happy young people who might be interested.  

What The Heck Is Going On With Justice League Dark?

Screenshot 2016-08-24 17.24.35.pngWarner Bros/DC Films’ Justice League Dark has had one of the most confusing journeys in to theaters in recent memory.

Originally intended as a project for Guillermo del Toro to direct, for unknown reasons those plans were abandoned, and it morphed into a cartoon (It’s worth mentioning that how the situation unfolded–minus the animation–is vaguely similar to how he was treated by Legendary Pictures, where he was set to direct the sequel to Pacific Rim before that project passed to Steven DeKnight–Spartacus, Marvel’s Daredevil–with Del Toro remaining as a producer, which is the case with Justice League Dark as well).

At the time that made no sense to me, and how the situation has evolved hasn’t made things any clearer, especially when you consider that Del Toro is indisputably one of the best directors of the weird and fantastic, so why he would move on from a project he originally seem very intent on helming feels a bit odd.

And things only get weirder because today  Comic Book Resources reported that Doug Liman, who was originally in line to direct Gambit for 20th Century Fox (a troubled production that won’t see the light of day any time soon) has turned up at the helm of Justice League Dark.

Yeah, I’m confused too because this latest turn of event literally makes no sense that I can see.

First off, why did Del Toro leave the production in the first place.  Then, why was the live action movie seemingly abandoned for an animated one.

And if things weren’t messy enough, how has the project returned, in a feat worthy of John Constantine himself, under Doug Liman?

And that’s not to imply criticism of Liman because he’s a really talented director but it feels to me that Guillermo del Toro is being treated a bit shabbily.

The Secret Life Of Pets – Trailer

The Secret Life Of Pets – Trailer 1

With voice talent provided by Louie C.K. and Kevin Hart, you’d think that The Secret Life Of Pets would be pretty awesome, never mind funny.

The Secret Life Of Pets – Trailer 2

But if the reviews that are coming in are any indicator, then seeing this movie is akin to flipping a coin: you don’t know what you’re going to get, though it’s going to be either one of two things:

Either  really, really bad or pretty smart and amusing.

The Secret Life Of Pets = Trailer 3

And I have no idea which, but since I don’t particularly care about animated movies–I’ll see something from Pixar (The Incredibles are well, incredible) though I don’t find myself interested in most others, like as the Ice Age or Minions movies.

The Secret Life Of Pets – Official Final Trailer

Then again, Universal has at least $104 million reasons to think otherwise.

Finding Dory – Trailer 2

Before watching the latest trailer for Pixar’s Finding Dory I was prepared to not like it.

After all, I find Ellen DeGeneres’ voice irritatingly ingratiating and in this particular context so saccharine cute that if I were diabetic I’d be worried about falling into a coma.

That being said, the trailer is pretty captivating. The animation is oftentimes so life-like, the motion of the various sea creatures so fluid that the if it weren’t for their anthropomorphic tendencies they’d approach the photo-real.

As it stands I still think that DeGeneres overdoes it a wee bit, but the movie is filled with so much wonderfulness–typically of the CGI and voice-talent variety–that it’s easy to overlook relatively minor issues.

Voltron: Legendary Defender – Trailer

Netflix is bringing back Voltron, though it appears that he might have got a demotion from being the ‘Defender of the Universe’ to a ‘Legendary Defender.’

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the robot, though for some reason when growing up I thought that it was selfish that only one of the four lions could be Voltron’s head, when they were all essentially identical, except for their color.

Then there’s the practicality, or the lack thereof.  Most robots, no matter what they transform into, tended to retain important physical features, like hands.

But not Voltron, which were replaced by the heads of lions.  I guess I shouldn’t be very critical, after all it is a children’s cartoon, and besides, he always managed to hold a sword pretty well.

Which is all a giant robot assembled from four lion robots needs.

Finding Dory – Trailer

The quote “What goes up, must come down,” has been attributed to Issac Newton, though apparently no one told Bob Iger over at Walt Disney because two of his studios, Pixar and Marvel Studios, spend most of them time defying gravity, with releases that consistently break box office records.

Though maybe Newton got it right after all because the former had its first box office disappointment with The Good Dinosaur (some have responded more harshly, which is not only unfair, but a bit hyperbolic because it earned almost $314 million on a $200 million budget.  And while that doesn’t make it a success, I wouldn’t call it a Gods Of Egypt-level misfire either.)

And the truth of it is, both studios have done so well that a weak performance from either won’t make that much of a difference to their balance sheets.

So what does that have to do with Finding Dory?  I’m not sure.  The trailer is gorgeous–particularly the almost balletic movement of the stingray migration–but while I found Finding Nemo (which Finding Dory is a spinoff of) to be fun, when I look at this latest trailer all I see is Ellen DeGeneres.

Is that a good thing?  I don’t know, it depends on how you feel about DeGeneres.  If you find her voice a bit grating–as I do–then this trailer, despite the beautiful animation–might rub you the wrong way.

The Angry Birds Movie – Official Theatrical Trailer

I just don’t get it; the whole ‘Angry Birds’ thing, that is.  The game is the unfunniest thing I have come by–though Zach Scott feels the opposite–but I don’t see the point.

The trailer looks cute though, and considering that the games don’t have characters that talk, the filmmakers clearly embellished things a tad.

Now, if they’re talking about a Plants & Zombies movie, I could really get into it.

I also should mention that I am working though a technical problem–my computer’s hard drive is apparently going the way of the dinosaur–so I have to get another and replace it, which involves money that I don’t currently have.

I intend to continue posting, though it may be a bit more sporadic than I typically do.

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