Writer/director Wes Anderson got ready to make his new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, in kind of an unconventional way: by making an animated version of it before production began. The Wrap reported the news and that Anderson voiced all the characters in the animated version.
"He had, I think developed from having done Fantastic Mr. Fox, an animated version of the movie," Jeff Goldblum, one of the film's stars, told The Wrap. "It was a beautifully animated version of the whole movie, with all the cuts as they pretty much I think wound up to be. And he voiced all the characters. He called it animatics. I had [...]
One of the original horror comedies is returning. The Addams Family, which originated as a single panel New Yorker cartoon in the 1930s and became famous on a string of TV shows from the 60s through the 90s, is set to return as animated movie written by Corpse Bride and Monster House writer Pamela Pettler. It'll officially be the fourth Addams movie, after 1991's The Addams Family, 1993's Addams Family Values, and the straight-to-video Addams Family Reunion from 1998.
A reboot of the macabre family's franchise had been in the works a few years ago, when Tim Burton was set to co-write and produce a stop-motion version based on the original drawings [...]
Pixar unveiled their slate for the next three years at the D23 expo Friday afternoon, and Bill Hader will be voicing major characters in their next two movies. The studio announced the cast for 2014's The Good Dinosaur, which follows a group of dinosaurs coming across the first human. Raising Hope's Lucas Neff is voicing the lead character, with Hader and Judy Greer as his siblings. 2015's Inside Out, the return of Up director Pete Docter, goes inside a human head and stars the emotions that drive said person. Amy Poehler is the lead as the voice of Joy, with the rest of the cast consisting of Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Lewis [...]
Here's an animated video of Louis C.K. doing standup by animator John Roney. It's a bit in which he talks about what would happen if God came back off of the special where he wears a black shirt and jeans (Live at the Beacon Theater). (via Uproxx)
Check out the original C.K. performance of this bit below:
Last month, Patton Oswalt went on an eight-minute filibuster as a guy at a city council meeting talking about his dream Star Wars sequel, and now, artist Isaac Moores has added animation to that rant because that's what the internet is for.
A few years ago, The Simpsons started bringing in well-known outside artists like Banksy and John Kricfalusi to guest-animate their couch gag sequences, and here's a new one done by cartoonist Bill Plympton. This is the third couch gag Plympton has made for the show, and it'll air in this coming Sunday's episode, which also features a tribute to filmmaker/animator Hayao Miyazaki during the actual episode.
Fox has added to its Saturday night animation block ADHD with a series from LA-based comic Amber Tozer. The Tozer Show will debut on Fox next year, Tozer announced on Facebook. She didn't spill too many details, saying "I'm so happy and excited and grateful and I feel like overeating." ADHD may prove to be a great spot for young comics. Next month, the network will preview two new series, Lucas Bros. Moving Co. andGolan the Insatiable alongside existing shows Axe Cop and High School USA!
Tozer is known for her web series nitTWITS, described as a "sketch comedy web-series inspired by the funniest tweets." Below, check out her trailer for nitTWITS. (via The [...]
Last season on Parks and Recreation, Patton Oswalt guest starred in an episode and improvised an eight-minute filibuster as a guy at a city council meeting talking about his dream Star Wars sequel. This week, Nerdist uploaded this animated version of the speech animated by Daniel Spellman. It's the second animated version of the filibuster we've seen. The first, by Isaac Moores, is embedded below:
On Friday night's show, Jimmy Kimmel premiered this updated version of Schoolhouse Rock's "How a Bill Becomes a Law" called "You're Screwed." Only a matter of time before teachers start showing this in grade school classrooms across America.
Here's a brand new trailer for ADHD, the Fox network's late night Adult Swim-esque animation block that'll be airing Saturday nights beginning July 27th from 11 to 12:30am. ADHD's main shows so far will be Axe Cop, based on the comic book created by a 5-year-old and with the voice talent of Nick Offerman, and Dino Stamatopoulos's High School USA! plus a bunch of short-run and one-off shows. Head over to ADHD's YouTube channel, which has pumped out over 20 popular videos over the past few months, for an idea of what to expect if the trailer leaves you wanting more.
The late, great Patrice O'Neal's most recent posthumous album, Unreleased, was released a couple months ago, but the hard copy came out today along with this animation set to a Patrice O'Neal bit. Cartoon Patrice O'Neal has a much fancier mustache than the real one.
Here's the first episode of Friendship All-Stars of Friendship, a new stop-motion animated web series produced by Robot Chicken creators/producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Created and written by Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert, and Justin Michael, the 10-episode series follows celebrity neighbors living together in a big apartment building. The first episode, which just debuted today, follows roommates/best friends Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro on a sunglasses-related adventure.
Here's a demo video of Bluthfighter, an Arrested Development video game in the vein of Street Fighter that looks like a lot of fun but tragically isn't a real game. Animator Brian Anderson, who also made the viral hit LEGO Breaking Bad a month ago, made the video and says in the intro, "If we had the resources (and the studio's blessing), my buddies and I would totally make it." Somebody make that happen already.
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