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Film Review: ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’

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Film Review: ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’
No asteroids are hurtling toward Earth in “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” though a flying frozen pizza does softly slice the top off an elderly shopper’s hairdo: That’s roughly the level of quirky peril we’re talking about in the latest outing from Aardman Animations, and as usual, the British stop-motion masters cheerfully prove that benign needn’t mean bland. Arriving nearly five years after the Oscar-nominated “Shaun the Sheep Movie” successfully expanded the bucolic “Wallace and Gromit” spinoff to feature length, this baa-lated but baa-guiling sequel — if such puns make you wince, perhaps give the film a wide berth — returns Aardman to winningly offbeat form after last year’s adept but oddly anemic prehistoric adventure “Early Man.”

Farmageddon” is the first feature-length sequel from an outfit that has experienced steadily diminishing commercial returns since “Chicken Run” raked in $225 million worldwide at the turn of the century.
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Chicken Run 2 Now In Development At Aardman Animations

2000’s Chicken Run was a global smash for British stop motion geniuses Aardman Animations. The tale of a cocky, uh, cock and a flock of freedom hungry hens proved to be box office gold, grossing $225 million. Nearly two decades have passed since its release but in April 2018, Aardman announced that they were planning on making a Chicken Run 2.

This made sense, as their next film, Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon hits cinemas this week and the studio has to be banking on it being a success. After all, 2018’s Early Man was positively received by critics yet inexplicably failed to make an impact with audiences, earning a paltry $54 million on a $50 million budget. Surely going back to their biggest hit and making a sequel is the kind of safe move the studio needs now, right?

Apparently so, as Will Becher, co-director at Aardman, has confirmed that Chicken Run 2 is now in production,
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Exclusive: Work underway at Aardman on Chicken Run sequel

The wonderful team at Aardman is hard at work producing the chicken models for the upcoming Chicken Run sequel, according to Will Becher – co-director of A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. Becher said that the model room at the British stop-motion studio is now “overrun with chickens” as work has begun in earnest on […]

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All 36 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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DreamWorks Animation has gone through its share of upheaval, with a few big successes and some notable failures. Since its first animation releases in 1998, it has changed, diversified, merged and been acquired by major studios. Given those fluctuations it’s not surprising that its roster of 33 movies are of varying quality. With their latest –Trolls– opening Friday, we take a look at the best and worst that DreamWorks has to offer.

1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Audiences are joyfully transported watching Hiccup, a gangly teenage boy and Toothless, his beloved, green-eyed winged dragon, soar above the Nordic landscape. It’s a rare movie aimed at children in which the hero faces– but doesn’t fully overcome– peril. While Hiccup is undeniably courageous, he loses a leg. There’s nuance, mystery and narrative heft here amid the brisk pacing and exhilaration. The 3D animation is indelibly beautiful.

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
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10 Animated Films That Won’t Ever Get Sequels (But Probably Should)

Animated films are probably enjoying a bit of a comeback in recent years. They have consistently become some of the highest selling movies of each year. There are also now a diverse range of studios producing animated feature films, aside from the traditional duo of Disney and Dreamworks.

Related: Pixar: The Highest-Grossing Films Of All Time

There have been plenty of sequels, TV shows and spin-offs from some of the greatest animated films of all time. But there are also many films that haven't gotten the recognition they deserve. Not only this, but there are also many movies that deserve a sequel but probably will never get one. Here are 10 films that fit into that list!

Wreck-It Ralph was in some ways a surprise hit for Disney, which has continued to enjoy an animation renaissance. While they likely had faith in the project, perhaps they didn't realize it would
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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chicken Run

Nick Park is most known for his Wallace & Gromit series, but in 2000, he teamed up with DreamWorks to make the film Chicken Run. Chicken Run is one of Park's three feature-length films that he has directed in his career, the other two being Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Early Man.

Related: 10 Movies You Didn't Realize Were Made By DreamWorks

Chicken Run is a stop-motion animation that involves a rooster flying into a chicken farm, only to help the chickens escape the evil farmers. The film has a lot of voice talent, but the two main characters, Rocky and Ginger, are voiced by Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha. Despite the movie being out for nearly 20 years, there are some things you still might not know about it. Here are 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chicken Run.
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Aardman Appoints Sean Clarke as New Managing Director

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Aardman Appoints Sean Clarke as New Managing Director
Aardman, the Oscar-winning animation studio behind “Chicken Run” and “Early Man,” has appointed Sean Clarke as its new managing director, replacing co-founder David Sproxton, who is stepping down after 43 years. Clarke has worked at the British studio for more than 20 years, including heading the international rights and marketing department for over a decade.

Sproxton and fellow co-founder Peter Lord announced last November that they would be transferring ownership of Aardman to its staff to ensure that the studio would retain its independence and to secure its creative and cultural legacy. At that time, Sproxton announced that he would stay on as managing director but would look for a successor and move into a consultancy role. He will sit on the studio’s board of trustees.

Sproxton said Clarke had “cut through very strong competition” to take his place. Clarke “has a deep understanding of the creative culture at Aardman – which
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Aloha Spirit Prevails at Maui Film Festival

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Aloha Spirit Prevails at Maui Film Festival
When Barry Rivers launched the Maui Film Festival two decades ago, he didn’t have a lot going for him. He was a documentary filmmaker whose previous festival experience had been as an attendee, and he didn’t have much money. But he did have one ace in the hole: a tropical island paradise.

The festival hasn’t had trouble attracting top-tier talent over the years, from big names such as Clint Eastwood, Pierce Brosnan, Mike Myers, Bryan Cranston and Woody Harrelson to emerging stars including Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson.

“The aloha spirit of the Maui Film Fest is true to the excellent vibes of the island,” says “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde, who received the Shining Star Award for her acting in 2011 and is returning to receive its Lights! Camera! Passion! Award on June 16. “Everyone involved is so lovely and kind, the food could not be more delicious,
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Nick Park keen on expanding the universe

Nick Park loves going back to the world of Britain's beloved "Wallace and Gromit" franchise. The four-time Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate talent says he is working on expanding the universe.

The creator of the franchise says he is writing some more "Wallace and Gromit" stories.

"Wallace and Gromit are good old friends of mine and they are my family. I love to come back to them," Nick told over the phone.

"So, yes I do have more Wallace and Gromit ideas. And I am actually writing more Wallace and Gromit stories," added the animator, refusing to divulge more information about it.

Nick's cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his pet dog Gromit first found their way onto the silver screen with the short film "A Grand Day Out" in 1989. The first Wallace and Gromit feature-length movie were "The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit", which was released in 2005. The animated characters have become cultural icons in the UK.
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How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack Is Getting Picture Disc LP Release

How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack Is Getting Picture Disc LP Release
Years after its 2010 release, the Academy Award nominated soundtrack to How to Train Your Dragon is finally getting a release on Picture Disc LP. This version includes a 4-page foldout poster that focuses on the characters of this magical world filled with Vikings and Dragons. The critically acclaimed score can be pre-purchased below and will be available on Varesesarabande.com.

Oscar nominated composer, John Powell is best known for his scores for animated films such as Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, and How to Train Your Dragon. Some of his recent work has been on the films Solo: A Star Wars Story and Jason Bourne.

"On the occasion of How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell goes a step further and shows us indeed how a flawless score sounds like! Until this score and despite his previous total of eleven animated films, the composer had not been able to reach such
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A Timeline of Stop-Motion Animation History, From ‘A Trip to the Moon’ to ‘Missing Link’ (Photos)

This week, the pioneering studio Laika returns with “Missing Link,” the stop-motion animated family film starring Hugh Jackman and Zach Galifianakis. With “Missing Link” landing in theaters on Friday, TheWrap looks back at the history of stop-motion animation, going all the way back to the dawn of cinema.

“The Humpty Dumpty Circus” (1898)

The first ever stop-motion animated film was made by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith between 1897 and 1898, “The Humpty Dumpty Circus.” Though the film is lost to history, the directors used their daughter’s dolls to imagine acrobats and animals in motion.

“The Enchanted Drawing” (1900) and “The Trip to the Moon” (1902)

Early cinema experimented with editing techniques to create illusions and special effects on screen in what would become traditional stop motion. Shorts like “The Enchanted Drawing” (1900) or “Fun in a Bakery Shop” (1902) found actors on screen manipulating drawings or piles of dough as if by magic.
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Shaun the Sheep 2: Farmageddon Trailer Brings an Alien to Mossy Bottom

The Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon trailer introduces Mossy Bottom Farm to a lost alien named Lu-La. The gang is back and it looks like they're all in for the adventure of a lifetime, thanks to Lu-la's arrival. Since there isn't really any dialogue in the sequel, the trailer relies on some narration to set the stage for what were all in for when the stop-motion animation sequel hits theaters in December.

Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon centers on Lu-La the alien, who has amazing powers and crash lands near Mossy Bottom Farm. After a pretty hilarious scream-filled introduction, Shaun the Sheep soon sees an opportunity for alien powered fun adventure, setting off on a mission to send the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organization can capture her. The trailer successfully sets the stage and hints at all of these elements, from trying to get pigs to fly,
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Miranda Richardson Joins HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

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Miranda Richardson Joins HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
A few weeks before “Game of Thrones” begins its final season, HBO has added another resident of Westeros to its prequel pilot: “Harry Potter ” alum Miranda Richardson.

No character details are currently available for any of these parts on the prequel pilot, which is currently untitled (unless you are going by Martin’s recent blog post) and set to go into production this summer. But we do know lead Naomi Watts has been cast as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.

Along with Watts and Richardson, the cast includes Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie (who will next appear in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” franchise), Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim (“Harlots”), Ivanno Jeremiah (“Black Mirror”), Georgie Henley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”), Alex Sharp (“To the Bone”) and Toby Regbo (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”).

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Here's the Length of the
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Sound Familiar? ‘A’ Listers In Voice Acting Roles

Sometimes you know who you’re listening to. For a handful of actors – Sam Elliott, Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones in particular – their voice is their trademark, unmistakable and a nice little earner when they don’t feel like being in front of the camera. But sometimes you don’t. Recent years have seen a growing trend for big names providing the voices in major animations, but can we tell? The Lego Movie 2, released in cinemas on Friday, is packed with them – Chris Pratt on double duty, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill (who’s also in the third How To Train Your Dragon) and Ralph Fiennes, Jason Momoa and Bruce Willis are there as well, but there’s no prizes for recognising them. If you see the film, you’ll know why…

Here’s six top actors whose voices may have passed you by…..

Glenn Close

The award winning actress,
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PEN15 Review (Spoiler-Free)

Full of 2000s nostalgia and featuring a hooky gimmick, PEN15 is the latest in a recent string of excellent adolescent-focused comedies.

The adolescent coming-of-age story is having something of a renaissance. Despite actual teenagers being able to create content for themselves with the advent of YouTube, TikTok, and other social media channels, adult creators are still looking backward to their own youths to give the kids of today a guide for navigating their own awkward years. Sex Education, Eighth Grade, and Big Mouth are all recent examples of the trend. Also, if millennials have provided one export to the pop culture world at large, it's nostalgia. Just graze through the glut of BuzzFeed’s ‘90s-obsessed content or Twitter’s wealth of yesteryear-inspired memes to see that an entire arrested development generation is hooked on revisiting their childhood glory days.

Hulu’s new comedy PEN15, covers both trends in one fell swoop,
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How DreamWorks Animation has been quietly killing it for years

George Chrysostomou on DreamWorks Animation

Ahead of the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which could arguably round out one of the best film trilogies ever [read our review of the film here], it occurred to me that DreamWorks Animation has been quietly killing it for years, without the recognition, awards and general reception that the likes of Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros. and even Illumination have enjoyed. This article attempts to break down how well DreamWorks has actually been doing over the course of the studio’s history, which has seen it create some iconic characters and movies that are both fun and have some genuine moments of emotional levity, and why these great franchises have been overlooked in the grand scheme of things, in favour of whatever the trend is at that given time.

It’s widely accepted that it is the Shrek franchise that really launched Dwa as a studio that
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in January

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Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in January is here.

The second season of Hulu original “Future Man” will arrive on the service Jan. 11, while the Natalie Portman-Tessa Thompson science fiction film “Annihilation” will be available to stream on Jan. 4. The film is Alex Garland’s follow-up to “Ex Machina” and starred Portman, Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a group of scientists investigating a strange environmental phenomenon known as “the shimmer.”

Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going in January.

Also Read: Here's What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in January

Available Jan. 1

Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)

The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (Drg)

Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)

Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)

X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)

54 (1998)

10 Years (2011)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

9 to 5 (1980)

A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)

A Simple Plan (1998)

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Nick Park (‘Early Man’ director): The ‘primitive nature’ of stop-motion animation was perfect for caveman comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]

Nick Park (‘Early Man’ director): The ‘primitive nature’ of stop-motion animation was perfect for caveman comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I’ve always been attracted to cavemen and women,” admits “Early Man” director Nick Park. A longtime stop-motion animator, Park felt that the “primitive nature” of the medium, “the earthiness of the clay, the texture of the figures … lends itself to primitive people. I saw lots of potential.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

Set during prehistoric times, the Lionsgate release centers on a tribe of primitive hunters who are displaced from their homes by evil bronze-makers from a faraway kingdom. One of the tribesmen, Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne), challenges the big-city invaders to a game of soccer. Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade costar.

See 2019 Oscars: Best Animated Feature race at 91st Academy Awards has 25 entries

Park wanted to do something “a little bit different and a little bit quirky” from other films of its ilk, which led him to the notion of cavemen inventing sports.
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‘Wallace and Gromit’ Animation Studio Now Belongs to Its Employees

‘Wallace and Gromit’ Animation Studio Now Belongs to Its Employees
In 2018, huge media corporations are like those rolling cities in Mortal Engines: they’re always on the hunt for a smaller company to consume. But Aardman Animations, the stop-motion animation company responsible for projects like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, isn’t interested in being eaten up by a behemoth like Disney, Comcast, or WarnerMedia. […]

The post ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Animation Studio Now Belongs to Its Employees appeared first on /Film.
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Excelsior Links

• /Film Michelle Yeoh may be headlining a Star Trek spin-off series

• Towleroad Greg Berlanti (Love Simon) plans to direct a Rock Hudson biopic

• Variety This is so cool. The animation studio Aardman is transferring its ownership to its employees. Peter Lord will stay on as creative director

• Mnpp Raúl Castillo joins the already amazing cast of Rian Johnson's Knives Out

• Awards Daily Adam McKay promoting Vice says something he might regret about the difference between Cheney and Trump

• Playbill Did you hear they're releasing another album for The Greatest Showman? This one is all covers. Kelly Clarkson is doing "Never Enough"

• Kinja great deal if you're a Potter person. All 8 Harry Potter films on bluray for just $40

• Cinema Eye Honors, which honors documentary films (we guess it's the week for that?), release their nominations for the year with Bing Liu's Minding the Gap leading with 7 nominations and Bisbee
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