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The Oscar for best animated short film may not generate nearly as much attention as other categories, but it strikes an exciting contrast with the more traditional forms of storytelling found throughout other categories.
These films usually celebrate animators from around the world — including a number of up-and-comers — who apply a range of visual techniques and sophisticated concepts only possible in the animated medium. This year is entirely North American, but still features a lot of different approaches — and yet, ironically, the frontrunner in the category is a very familiar name: Pixar.
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Fortunately, the company’s latest short deserves the hype. Of course, just landing a nomination helps bring additional attention to these titles, and anyone seeking them out will discover an exciting range of experiences. While this isn’t the strongest list of nominees in recent years, »
- Eric Kohn
The latest in the Lego cinematic universe (did I really just say that? Sounds surreal…) The Lego Ninjago Movie is the feature film directorial debut of Charlie Bean, who previously worked on the animated series Tron: Uprising.
Like the previous Lego movies, The Lego Ninjago Movie is marked by its astonishing voice cast, which includes the legendary Jackie Chan as Master Wu; Justin Theroux as Garmadon; Dave Franco as Lloyd; and Olivia Munn as Lloyd’s mom, Koko. The rest of the Ninjago crew includes Fred Armisen, who voices Cole; Abbi Jacobson, who plays Nya; Kumail Nanjiani as Jay; Michael Peña as Kai; and Zach Woods, who voices Zane.
In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, »
- Phil Wheat
Ahead of the Academy Awards, we’re reviewing each short category. See the Animation section below and the other shorts sections here.
Blind Vaysha – Canada – 8 minutes
I did a double take upon hearing Theodore Ushev‘s name alongside his animated short Blind Vaysha during the Oscar nominations because I’ve watched his work progress the past five years. This Canadian by way of Bulgaria is a Toronto International Film Festival staple, a guy who alters his aesthetic with every new project. Whether rotoscoping, hybridizing Cubism and Constructivism, or dabbling in Abstract Expressionism, though, you always know it’s an Ushev film because of its content and craftsmanship. His latest is no different, the adoption of woodcutting lending an old school storybook feel to a tale that speaks towards today’s climate of hope and despair. Narrated by Caroline Dhavernas, Vaysha’s story begs us to open our eyes and see »
- Jared Mobarak
After a short teaser that debuted yesterday, Warner Bros. has released the full-length trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie. We also have the first poster, all of which can be seen in your local theater this weekend as Lego Batman Movie makes its premiere. The Lego movie universe is expanding, and as evident in this latest footage, there's going to be some bad blood raging through the rivers of Ninjago.
A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie} stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, »
Author: Jon Lyus
Today we have our first look at the latest brick-built CG animated film with the release of the The Lego Ninjago Movie trailer. The enormous success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Lego Movie, and another certain box office bonanza courtesy of Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie, made this new film an obvious choice.
The toy range on which this new movie is based was originally released in 2011. Quickly adding engaging characters and a cohesive world, blending modern and ancient elements, to Lego’s previous ninja set, Ninjago has spawned dozens of sets and figures. There are whole libraries of books as well as six series of animated TV adventures. A feature film based on the toy range will have a huge audience eager to catch the Masters of Spinjitzu on the big screen.
- Jon Lyus
After The Lego Movie proved to be one of the surprise hits (and also one of the best animated films) of its respective year, Warner Bros. quickly moved ahead on follow-ups. Before an official sequel will arrive in 2019, we’ll be getting two features in the cinematic universe. With this week’s The Lego Batman Movie (our review), we’re also getting the first trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie ahead of its fall release.
Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and directed by Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising), the voice cast features Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan. Based on the TV show and toy line, it features secret ninja warriors teaming up to fight an evil warlord.
“Ninjago is one of the most insane places in the universe,” Theroux tells USA Today. “So much of it makes no sense. »
- Jordan Raup
Yesterday, we got to see three images from the hugely anticipated animated comedy adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie. It is the second spin-off of The Lego Movie following this weekend's Lego Batman Movie, which is in theaters Friday. The first sneak peek at Ninjago will be followed by the full trailer reveal sometime tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8.
A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.
Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. »
This weekend, Warner Bros. will release the first of their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which brings back Will Arnett as the voice of Batman. Later this year, fans will be introduced to another corner of the Lego universe with The Lego Ninjago Movie, slated for release on September 22. While we wait for the first trailer's release, Warner Bros. has shared new images, featuring Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as the villainous Lord Garmadon, Dave Franco as Garmadon's estranged son Lloyd, and the ninjas in his "super squad," Kai (Michael Peña), Zane (Zach Woods), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson).
USA Today debuted these images, and also spoke with Dave Franco and Justin Theroux about their characters. Justin Theroux is described as the "black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain" who tries to rule over Ninjago City. Standing in his way is a team of teenage ninjas, »
8 items from 2017
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