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An animated adventure for all ages, with an all-star cast and original music, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum as the yeti, Migo, and James Corden as the smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.

“Smallfoot” was directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge” and Annie nominee for the screenplays for “Chicken Run” and “James and the Giant Peach.” The screenplay was written by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera, screen story by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra and Kirkpatrick,
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Third trailer and character posters released for Smallfoot

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Warner Bros has released a new trailer for the family-friendly animation Smallfoot, a tale which turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

The film is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Award-winning director of Over the Hedge and Annie nominee for the screenplays for Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach. The voice cast includes Channing Tatum as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Common (Selma), LeBron James (upcoming Space Jam 2), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi (TV’s Black-ish), Ely Henry (TV’s Justice League Action), and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street).

Also in trailers – Taron Egerton assembles his merry men in trailer for Robin Hood

The film is released October 12

Smallfoot Official Synopsis

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community
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Final Smallfoot Trailer Proves Some Myths Are Very Real

Final Smallfoot Trailer Proves Some Myths Are Very Real
Channing Tatum's Migo character has to prove to the rest of the Yeti community that the mythical humans are real in the latest and final trailer for Smallfoot. The 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure movie from Warner Bros. Animation looks impressive and like a good fit with The Lego movies as far as tone is concerned. The story is based off of Sergio Pablos' Yeti Tracks and it turns the Bigfoot myth upside down, looking at humans through the eyes of the yeti in their own "Smallfoot" myth.

One of the more humorous revelations from the latest Smallfoot trailer is that humans and yetis cannot understand each other. The human voice sounds quiet and high-pitched like a mouse, while the yeti voice is a monstrous roar, even when they're being nice and trying to explain themselves. It looks like that premise will ultimately be the source of a lot of
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A Sequel To ‘Chicken Run’ Is On The Way From Aardman Animation

Hot off their success with the superb Early Man, Aardman Animation has announced that it will tackle a sequel to its hugely popular Chicken Run. The Hollywood Reporter says that StudioCanal and Pathe are backing the new project, which will roll into production 18 years after the original hit cinemas.

Sam Fell is directing the film.

The original movie still remains the highest grossing stop-motion animation of all time with a global haul of $225 million.

Related: Early Man review

The claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. The chickens decide to attempt an escape so they don’t get turned into chicken pot pies.

The news of the sequel was
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Aardman Animation is Working on ‘Chicken Run 2’

It’s been 18 years since Aardman Animation delivered the stop-motion prison escape comedy Chicken Run. The film from 2000 focused on a group of chickens who hatch a plan to bust out of their coop when they learn what deadly plans an evil farm owner has for them. To this day, Chicken Run is still […]

The post Aardman Animation is Working on ‘Chicken Run 2’ appeared first on /Film.
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18 years later… Chicken Run follow-up finally on the horizon at Aardman

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For those waiting patiently for the past 18 years for a follow-up to Aardman Animations Chicken, you can finally rejoice at the news that the studio is working on the sequel with StudioCanal and Pathe.

Chicken Run, which was the most successful stop-motion animated film of all time, told the story of a group of plucky chickens attempting to escape certain death at the hands of their evil farm owner, the voice cast including the likes of Mel Gibson and Timothy Spall.

The film was Aardman’s first entry into the world of feature-length animations and was co-directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. It received critical acclaim and grossed over $224 million. Although the film was released in 2000, Lord and Park first conceived the idea in 1995.

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Although no plot details have been forthcoming at this stage it
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Chicken Run 2 is Moving Forward at Aardman Animations

Aardman Animations is finally developing a sequel to its stop-motion animated film Chicken Run. The original Chicken Run movie hit theaters in 2000 and it remains the highest grossing stop-motion animated feature of all time, with a worldwide take of $225 million. Widely celebrated by critics and general audiences alike, Chicken Run was directed by Aardman cofounder Peter Lord and Nick Park (creator of Wallace and Gromit) and features the voice talents of Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall, and Imelda Staunton.
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Bandai Namco, ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Creator Announce New World War I Game

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Bandai Namco, publisher of the “Tekken” and “Soulcalibur” series, is partnering with independent developer DigixArt and “Wallace & Gromit” creator Aardman Animation Studios on a new story-driven World War I adventure game called “11-11: Memories Retold,” the companies announced Wednesday.

As of right now, details on “11-11” are relatively scant, but based on the game’s reveal trailer (seen below) it appears to be going for a striking, painterly aesthetic, contrasting the drab colors of battlefields with the beauty of flowers.

“Engaging audiences with compelling stories through animation is at the heart of what we are trying to do at Aardman,” founder Dave Sproxton said in a press release. “With this project we want to produce an emotionally rich experience with distinctive visual character to help you understand what war is all about.”

This is the first game Aardman Animation Studios has worked on, primarily being known for its claymation
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The myth of Smallfoot is revealed as reality in brand new trailer

  • HeyUGuys
Warner Bros have released a new trailer for the family-friendly animation Smallfoot, a tale which turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

The film is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Award-winning director of Over the Hedge and Annie nominee for the screenplays for Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach. The voice cast includes Channing Tatum as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Common (Selma), LeBron James (upcoming Space Jam 2), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi (TV’s Black-ish), Ely Henry (TV’s Justice League Action), and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street).

Also in trailers – First trailer for British rom-com, Patrick arrives

The animation is released October 5th

Smallfoot Official Synopsis

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar
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‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ Film Review: Dog Loves His Doughboys in Animated Wwi True Story

During his decade or so on earth, Stubby the terrier accomplished far more than some people (including me) will achieve in their human-length lifetimes. A Connecticut stray that became the most decorated dog in U.S. history, “Sergeant” Stubby‘s exploits during World War I include locating and rescuing the wounded, capturing a German spy, and warning American and French troops about mustard gas strikes. He endured gas attacks himself, as well as grenade wounds.

For his 18 months of service, he was introduced to three presidents and given a cushy post-military gig as the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas. Upon his death in 1926, the New York Times memorialized Sergeant Stubby with a half-page obituary, and his body was donated to the Smithsonian. To ask who’s a good boy in his presence would be an insult.

I can’t say that the world needed “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” the new animated biopic (doggopic? pupperpic?) about a wordless creature who, despite a few movie-like touches, is more animal than Pixar-ish humanoid. Cartoon Stubby moves, acts and, most importantly, sounds like a real dog.

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Director and co-writer Richard Lanni (“The Americans in the Bulge”), who penned with Mike Stokey, smartly leans on naturalistic canine charm to tell a story that already feels too incredible to be true. At 75 minutes, the resulting feature is the definition of slight, but just winsome and optimistic enough to justify itself.

A young Army soldier, Robert Conroy (voiced by Logan Lerman), gives Stubby his accidental calling. A fateful encounter on the street — and the surprising leniency of Robert’s superiors — makes the stocky, diminutive canine a fixture on the base, where doughboys are being trained to fight the Germans. The human dramas range from predictable to wholly dispensable. Among Conroy’s buddies, Olsen (Jordan Beck) declares that he hates dogs and Schroeder (Jim Pharr) wants to prove that, despite his Teutonic accent, he belongs in his chosen home, not the one he left behind.

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In France, Conroy’s mentor becomes Baptiste (Gérard Depardieu), a genial Gaul who enjoys — wait for it — cheese and wine. A quasi-storyline about the gradual erosion of French prejudice against their American allies feels out of place. And the film’s narrator (Helena Bonham Carter), Conroy’s never-seen big sister and the only female “character,” feels like an element the writers shoehorned in to hit a marketing quadrant goal.

No matter. The plot hardly makes a difference, since the movie’s chief asset is its heartwarming but never Pollyanna-ish ambience. Exercising welcome restraint (especially for a children’s movie), Lanni never states the biggest lesson to be learned from Stubby’s story: That when talent, loyalty, and friendship are nurtured, there’s no telling what miracles may arise. Nothing is more dehumanizing than war, and it was crucial for soldiers in the trenches to feel a connection to their own humanity through a dog’s companionship — and wise of Conroy’s higher-ups to permit their troops the comfort that Stubby represented.

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Yes, it’s adorable when Conroy teaches Stubby how to salute, and when the dog dons a cape that the local villagers make for him as a thank-you gift for warning them about impending mustard gas. (The chemical weapon — rendered as a genuinely creepy neon-green smoke that Maleficent might swirl herself around in — is a standout image among otherwise unremarkable CG animation).

We never forget that this is war, and a loss late in the film is accordingly moving. Through it all runs Stubby, blissfully ignorant of human cruelty and unwaveringly stalwart in protecting those he loves.



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Chicken Run: a culture clash of two companies

Simon Brew Feb 21, 2018

The production of Chicken Run brought together two companies with very different styles...

It had been quite a journey from just off the M5 in Bristol, to Los Angeles and the Academy Awards. But for British animation company Aardman, it was a journey that was taken reasonably regularly. Nick Park, for his Creature Comforts and Wallace & Gromit short films, was collecting regular statuettes, and at the of writing, he has four on his mantelpiece.

The frequent awards attentions required equally frequent journeys to the States. And on one such visit, Park – along with Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, amongst others – found themselves in the company of both Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

It was the right coincidence at the right time. At this stage, Spielberg and Katzenberg had just set up their hugely ambitious new studio, DreamWorks Skg (along with David Geffen). Katzenberg was to head up the animation division,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Aardman Animations

The biggest name in Claymation is Aardman Animations. Also known as Aardman Studios (or simply Aardman), they are a Bristol-based British Animation studio. Their most famous works are Wallace & Gromit, Flushed Away, and Chicken Run (each of which made use of their handcrafted Claymation techniques). Their most recent release is called Early Man. It focuses on a band of cavemen who survive an asteroid colliding with the Earth. Afterwards, they accidentally invent soccer – setting the stage for a classic underdog sports story. It has been well received so far and should join the ranks of the rest of

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Aardman Animations
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Cinemaholics #52: Black Panther Review

This week on the show, the Cinemaholics review Black Panther, the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o. The movie has absolutely stormed the box office and collected tons of glowing reviews, but are the Cinemaholics fully onboard for this adventure into Wakanda? Tune in to find out!

Later on, the gang talks about Early Man, a new claymation film from Aardman Animation, the makers of Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit and many other beloved releases, while Jon gives us a sneak peak of Game Night, an upcoming comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

Maveryke, meanwhile, discusses the spooky new Netflix original The Ritual, which is now streaming, and Will shares the laughs he had with Chris Rock’s Netflix comedy special Tamborine. Finally, Adonis Gonzalez unpacks the recently released fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ.

If you like what you hear,
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Early Man Review: Bend It Like Cavemen

Early Man is the latest movie from Aardman Animations, the British-based studio best known for producing stop-motion films such as Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Over the years, they’ve earned a reputation as a favorite among animation enthusiasts, picking up a plethora of accolades and awards. Early Man director Nick Park is one of their most decorated members, having won an Oscar for his work on Aardman’s 2005 offering, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. With Park tackling the studio’s most ambitious project to date, the hope was that it could emerge as a modern classic of its genre, but the film doesn’t quite get there. Early Man is technically-impressive and boasts strong visuals, but its simple story holds it back from reaching its full potential.
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Why Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne don’t sound like themselves in Early Man

Often when celebrities provide the voices for animated characters, they sound exactly like their famous selves. Even Shrek is reminiscent of Mike Myers’ famous Scottish characters. Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne don’t sound anything like themselves in Early Man. The animated film from the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, Early Man stars Redmayne as Dug, a caveman who tries to help his tribe evolve. Perhaps Dug is what Redmayne sounded like as a teenager, before we knew him. “He asked me how old is Dug?” Early Man director Nick Park said. “I said about 15 and he...read more
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'Early Man' Review: Animated Caveman-Soccer Comedy Shoots, Sort-Of Scores

Many eons ago, when the Earth was young and stop-motion dinosaurs battled tooth and tusk on the plains – let's call it the pre-Pleistocene era – a meteor plummeted from the sky. The aftermath, known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction, wiped out our giant-lizard friends; Early Man, the latest from the English animation house Aardman, suggests that an even bigger gamechanging moment in the planet's history occurred. Somewhere in the area that would one day be blessed with the regal name "Manchester" – per a disclaimer, "around lunch-time," a joke that carbon-dates back to prehistoric times – a random,
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The Preview Reel: Black Panther and Early Man

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, wherein we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Fifty Shades Freed ended the franchise on a high note with a first-place finish, but its reign will be short-lived with a new Marvel film storming into theaters. Black Panther is riding a huge wave of hype as early reactions have it pegged as one of the best superhero movies ever, but there is one other wide-release in Aardman AnimationsEarly Man. Black Panther will easily win the week, but are both worth seeing this weekend?

Black Panther

What we are excited about: This is more than just the typical Marvel movie. Black Panther is an important movie for so many people on many levels. As the weeks have been building to the release, it really does feel like the film is having a cultural impact, while also looking undoubtedly cool. The
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‘Early Man’ Review: Cavemen & Soccer A Match In Aardman’s Latest Delight

For me, if an animated film has Aardman’s name behind it, I’m there. Even if bigger entities like Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks and others are guaranteed box office, Aardman is guaranteed delight. The force behind films including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Shaun The Sheep Movie, and Pirates! have taken their stop-motion magic and applied it to another winner. As I say in my video review above, and to put it in the simplest terms, Early Man is…
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‘Isle of Dogs’: Everything You Need to Know About Wes Anderson’s New Stop-Motion Movie

‘Isle of Dogs’: Everything You Need to Know About Wes Anderson’s New Stop-Motion Movie
Wes Anderson is returning to the big screen after a four-year hiatus, and cinephiles are predictably over the moon with anticipation. For his first feature since “The Grand Budapest Hotel” became a box office hit and a four-time Oscar winner, Anderson is going back to the stop-motion style he perfected in “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” His latest is a canine-filled adventure called “Isle of Dogs” that set to be released on March 23 courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Read More:‘Isle of Dogs’: 25 Striking Shots From Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Tale

Anderson has only tried his hand at animation once before with “Fox,” but that gamble ended up being a huge success. Not only was “Fox” nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but it was also named the second best animated film of the 21st century by IndieWire. Can Anderson strike stop-motion lightning twice? The odds are in his favor.
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Review: Early Man (2018)

In many ways Aardman Animation and director/innovator Nick Park have done for Claymation and British stop-motion animation in the last few decades, what Ray Harryhausen did for the art as a whole in earlier eras of cinema advancement. In the history of this filmmaking technique these names are heroes and their work is timeless, cherished and true poetry in (stop)motion. From Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts to Chicken Run and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, this studio’s body of work is revered and consistent. So naturally expectations are high with every new project, let alone the first feature in nearly 15 years to be directed by Nick Park. Thankfully, Early Man is another win to scratch onto the Aardman slate.

Taking their own brand of British barminess to the prehistoric world, Early Man is set at the dawn of time – just outside Manchester – with an opening sequence
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