Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
"A Queen doesnae place 'er weapon oan th' table."
That’s Queen Elinor (Thompson) 'spikin tae Princess Merida (Macdonald), a wild bairn who wants tae change 'er fate frae fancy dresses, formal duties an' fake smiles. Whaur most princesses practice cross-stitch, Merida rides ben th' forest. In place ay a lute, she wields a baw an' arraw. She's closer tae Link frae The Legend of Zelda than a Disney Princess. An' tae top 'er aff? An untrained barnit ay bricht red hair.
What sets Merida apart frae most animated heroes, Pixar included? One, she’s a lassie. Two, she's ginger. But three, an' most importantly, she doesnae hae a sidekick.
Merida spends aw day wi' 'er cuddie. but diz it gab? Ne'er. Half an hoor later, fleein' frae a horde ay male suitors, she winds up at a witch’s but-an-ben, a decision tha' introduces anither beastie tae th' story: a bear. It doesnae gab either.
Cannae kin whit aam saying? To read this Brave review in English, click here.
This new Frankenweenie trailer is much more like it, Mr. Burton. Incidentally, this is the only scenario this summer in which you are allowed to shout "Come on Tim!"
Frankenweenie is out on Wednesday 17th October.
I wasn't the biggest fan of Monsters, Inc. when it first came out. But this Monsters University teaser trailer has already convinced me to go back and re-watch it. And it's only 69 seconds long.
Here's the full teaser video. Warning: contains genuine LOLs.
Monsters University is enrolling in UK cinemas on Friday 12th July. That's July 2013. Start counting down the days now.
"You is bad guy. That doesn't mean you is bad guy!"
That's Zangeif. Talking to Wreck-It Ralph. In a support group. For computer game characters. Yes, Wreck-It Ralph is a movie that sees Ralph (John C. Reilly) get tired of wrecking it all the time. Especially if Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) comes along and repairs it all over again.
What if he doesn't want to be the bad guy anymore? What if he wants to be the good guy? What if he goes from game to game trying out different worlds until he finds one where he doesn't have to wreck it?
If you haven't listened to that thought in your head yet, allow me to say it out loud: Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly, Pac-Man's ghosts, Bowser, M. Bison, Dr. Robotnik, Zangeif AND Wreck-It Ralph all in the same film? Disney's latest animation, which blends 8-bit graphics with full-on CGI, might be the best videogame movie ever. Unless you really like Street Fighter. Or Wing Commander. Or Resident Evil. Read on for the trailer, which premiered over at MSN.
Wreck-It Ralph is out in the UK next February.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West
“You think you know Mars… BUT YOU DO NOT KNOW MARS.” A booming voiceover begins Disney’s epic sci-fi romance. It’s ridiculous. It’s laughable. It sounds incredibly stupid. But from that daft opening narration, Andrew Stanton’s John Carter is properly charming stuff.
The tale of a confederate US soldier who travels through space, battles green men with shiny blue weapons and falls in love with a princess? It’s the kind of nonsense that could only be written by a barmy warlock in the early 20th Century. And it’s all the better for it. Edgar Rice Burroughs' story may be packed with state of the art mo-cap, but Disney’s latest is as dated as Clash of the Titans, as cheesy as Flash Gordon and as crazy as H.P. Lovecraft. In short, it’s what all old-school fantasy adventures should be: wonderfully bonkers.
There's all kinds of mixed buzz flying around John Carter. Will it be as good as fans say? Will it be as big a flop as Disney executives fear? Having still not watched it yet (ask me again on Friday morning), all I can say is I still think it looks pretty decent. Either way, this final John Carter trailer is certainly no less convincing than anything else we've seen so far. And besides, it has Mark Strong in it. What could go wrong?
But a memo to Disney: enough with the white, gorilla wolf motherfucker, OK? No one wants to see Attack of the Clones again.
A pretty typography trick, or an exciting tease of footage we've already seen? The John Carter Super Bowl trailer is both. And it continues to look rather awesome.
For more on Disney's sci-fi blockbuster, head this way for some John Carter stills (and a love letter to Double Negative) and over here is the full John Carter trailer. The film is released on Friday 9th March.
The longlist of films eligible for the 2012 Best Animated Short Oscar was announced earlier this month by The Academy - and in among the 45 shorts that will eventually be whittled down to a handful of nominees (via a shortlist), I'm delighted to see that The Monster of Nix has made it. Along with, bizarrely, two different films about hamsters.
The Monster of Nix turned up at the 2011 London Film Festival in one of the International Animation Panoramas. It's got Terry Gilliam and Tom Waits both on vocals. And it really is quite staggeringly unique, both in terms of visuals and story. It stuck with me for weeks afterwards. Here's the first trailer:
And here's the main song from the Monster of Nix soundtrack, Lost in the Woods:
Can you name another film that includes the sentence "What good is a rolling nudist giant"? I'll be seriously rooting for this one next year (even over Pixar's effort) - presuming it makes it through to the next stage.
Read on for a full list of all 45 nominees (warning: contains The Smurfs) - or check out our Monster of Nix review instead.
After the phenomenal success of The Lion King in 3D (now showing in UK cinemas), Disney announced last week that it would re-release several of its classics in three dimensions, including Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.
It was hardly a shocking move from the studio, but there's one key thing that everyone is forgetting: Ariel. The sexiest fish-woman in the world.
NANTS... INGONYAMA BAGITHI BABA...
Yes, that's the sound of me singing in South African as I continue my relentless quest to re-watch all the VHS tapes gathering dust in my attic. This week, the greatest Disney video in my childhood collection: The Lion King.
It's being released in UK cinemas in 3D this week (the trailer's this way) - no surprise really, given how gorgeous it looks in good old low-def, analogue 2D: